Kumbo, 03 July, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
During the ordination of nine Deacons to the Priesthood in Cameroon’s Catholic Diocese of Kumbo, the Bishop invited the candidates to be ordained to view their priestly ministry not as “a distinction” that sets them apart in isolation but as a gift that brings them closer to the people of God who will be under their care in service.
“My dear sons, the priesthood is not a distinction you are taking but a gift to be received,” Bishop George Nkuo told the nine Deacons he was about to ordain as Priests during his homily at the Friday, July 3 event that took place at St. Theresa’s Cathedral, Kumbo, in the north-western region of Cameroon.
He added referencing the nine Deacons, “Each day, you will have to remind yourself that the priesthood is about humble service rather than domination or control. It is about gentleness and compassion rather than arrogance. It is about being a proclaimer of the truth, but God’s truth not our own truth. It is about serving people by example, but it must be the Lord’s will not your own will.”
Bishop Nkuo went on to caution the candidates to the priesthood against selfishness in the course of their priestly ministry saying, “When we become self-centred or we use our ministry for our own self-aggrandizement, then we move away from our calling of selfless service to the people of God.”