Archbishop Ameyu lamented about the dwindling number of people who choose Religious Life in the country saying, “Our numbers as Priests are dwindling; there are fewer priests; there are fewer Sisters; there are fewer Brothers.”
“My Priests and Deacons to be, it is not easy to stand and present yourself worthy of this ministry. No one among us is worthy of this ministry. It is only the grace of God that makes us worthy,” he said, and added, “If we lacked that grace, we would not be here… The Lord has called you to be in his presence but it is your role to be in the presence of God every day of your life, to serve God first.”
The South Sudanese Prelate emphasized the need for the candidates to be a good example to all those they were going to serve.
“As young people, you have said yes to the Lord and we will follow you. It is not easy to follow the way of the Lord. There are many crosses you will carry before you are glorified,” he said, and invited the three to strive for God’s guidance.
“Seek above all else to offer yourself to the Lord in sincere humility and the Lord will give you the necessary grace to be humble enough to be a servant of others. Obedience to the Lord comes through the obedience to your Superiors,” Archbishop Ameyu told the three candidates before their ordination.
The Archbishop who doubles as Apostolic Administrator of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese encouraged the candidates to stand firm amidst challenges posed by their new experience.
“Sin is present in our world but it must not make us run away. If the Lord had run away from the temptations and sufferings that he had experienced, we would not have the Church today,” he said.
Turning to the congregation at the August 15 event, he said, “My dear brothers and sisters, this priesthood is not any particular to those who are sitting here at the altar. There is what we call a common priesthood we got from our baptism.”
He explained, “We are all Priestly people; that is why we are called to sanctity. In the degree of our own lives, the Lord calls us to holiness. He would like to sanctify us every day of our lives.”