In the message after his Episcopal Ordination August 14, Bishop Wokorach urged all Catholic Bishops to look upon St. Daniel Comboni for guidance and inspiration, adding that St. Comboni had a great vision for the African continent.
“I look at St. Daniel Comboni as a model Bishop. As I take up this responsibility, I recall how much his faith sustained him in different situations of life. He dreamt Africa, he smelt Africa... Africa or death,” the 60-year-old Bishop said.
He added, in reference to the founder of the Comboni Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MCCJ), “This was an outstanding Pastor, a shepherd whose faith was strong, whose faith made his life sensitive to the various needs of his people.”
St. Comboni, he continued, “is standing in front of me as a great and exemplary Bishop, holy and capable. We know he was canonized as a saint; difficult to follow completely but can inspire. I believe he is a model for all Bishops.”
Bishop Wokorach referred to St. Comboni as his own model, saying that the Catholic saint’s dedication, piety and humanity are wonderful examples.
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He appealed for prayers from the people of God in Nebbi Diocese saying, “As much as I desire to be like him (St. Comboni), may I also invite you my dear friends to keep praying for my faith to be strong all the time. And when you pray for me, please keep this formula: that I may be a good shepherd according to the Sacred heart of Jesus.”
The Ugandan-born Bishop expressed his desire to walk with the people and be available all the time to attend to their needs.
He said his Episcopal Ordination on August 14 drew memories of the start of his missionary apostolate as a Comboni Priest.
“This day is special to me,” he said, and added, “August 14 in 1994 was the day I arrived in my first mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was the day I started my mission in foreign land, Kinshasa.”
“I feel connected with my past. I feel renewed in my spirit of starting a new journey. This day is special because we are winding up and confirming what the Pope has honored us with,” Bishop Wokorach said.
In his call for the support of his Episcopal See, the Bishop said, “Nebbi Diocese is a place of pilgrimage. In a religious term, it would be called ‘the mother place.’ We cannot forget the place of our mother.”
Bishop Wokorach’s Episcopal motto is, ‘Service with Humility,’ which he said was inspired by his Priestly ministry.
“I look at all ministries that can be meaningful in the eyes of God when characterized with humility. Humility makes all kinds of service meaningful,” Bishop Wokorach said.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.