Nairobi, 18 April, 2020 / 2:17 am (ACI Africa).
The Kenya-based Religious Congregation of the Contemplative Evangelizers of the Heart of Christ (CECC) had the priestly ordination of its eight members held with a limited number of participants in line with government directives over COVID-19.
The Thursday, April 16 celebration, which took place in the 2,000-capacity Christ the King Cathedral of Kenya’s Nakuru diocese, was witnessed by just half a dozen people, a member of CECC told ACI Africa in an interview.
“Because of the COVID-19 issue, we were not able to invite people. There were no parents or friends of the candidates, it was only 15 of us; few representatives of the congregation, the Bishop and the candidates,” the Zonal Coordinator of CECC in Kenya’s Nakuru region, Fr. Daniel Mwasi Mose, told ACI Africa Thursday, April 16.
During the one-and-a-half-hour event held with permission from Kenyan government authorities, Bishop Maurice Muhatia of Nakuru Diocese ordained eight deacons of CECC, drawn from various parts of the East African country, to priesthood.
“We were at Christ the King Cathedral (Nakuru), a Church with a capacity of almost 2,000 people and we were only 15 of us in total,” Fr. Mose said and added, “We really observed the government guidelines as required; we had sanitizers, wore masks and observed a social distance of three metres.”