“The night is not our world”: Archbishop in Angola Cautions Catholic Priests against Night Parties

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Angola’s Catholic Archdiocese of Rwanda has cautioned Catholic Priests against night parties.

In his homily during the Priestly Ordination of Deacon Mário Jorge Fela Pacheco on Sunday, April 7, Archbishop Dias said that the Sacred Ordination of a new Priest is always “a source of enthusiasm and great evolution for a Bishop and for the whole church.”

“The night is not our world. At night we should be in our communities, in our Rectories, and there we share with our brothers our life, our pastoral responsibility, and then we pray, we rest, filling ourselves with Him so that the next morning we can distribute abundant warm bread, smelling good and tasty even without butter,” he said during the Ordination celebration at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish of Luanda Archdiocese.

The Angolan Catholic Bishop added, “A Priest is not a party man, a special guest at this dinner and that dinner, no! Our life is a life of recollection.”

“Dear Deacon Mário, always believe in what you preach, teach what you have learned in the faith, what you have learned in the Church, what you have received from the Church, what you have received from priests, saints and teachers, and live what you teach,” he said. 


The Catholic Archbishop of Luanda, who started his Episcopal Ministry in January 2004 as Auxiliary Bishop of Luanda Archdiocese continued, “Becoming a Priest means giving up many things, including starting a family with a wife and children, and embracing chastity through celibacy.”

“Dear Deacon Mario, God's love enchants us, God's love attracts us, God's love commits us, God's love holds us accountable, God's love places us like Mary, like a mirror, like all the men and women on pilgrimage who until today have listened to and heeded the Lord's voice and had the courage to say yes, here I am, you can count on me Lord,” Archbishop Dias said.

João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.