“Many people who may not have the abilities, the normal abilities that we value, are very gifted in so many other ways that make them still very effective in the ministry, in evangelization, and in fulfilling the call that they have received. Of course, it is ours to ensure that they are well prepared,” he said.
Fr. Michael was ordained to the Priesthood alongside five other Deacons during Holy Mass at St. John Bosco Kiamuiru Primary School Grounds in which the Archbishop emeritus of Nyeri, Peter Kairu, members of the Clergy ministering in the Kenyan Archdiocese, women and men Religious, and Laity participated.
In his January 15 audio message, Archbishop Muheria says that the historic Priestly ordination in the East African nation offers the opportunity to recognize the fact that people living with particular disabilities have the capacity to “develop new other gifts” and that they can “enrich our society”.
“It is a moment to also embrace that disabilities are gifts that God gives so that those people can develop new other gifts and enrich our society,” he said, and explained, “When our Lord walked on the streets of Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, where he spoke to the crowds, he always had a special eye for those in need.”
The member of Opus Dei who started his Episcopal Ministry in January 2004 as the Bishop of Kenya’s Embu Diocese says that he finds regrettable that a section of persons living with disability are discriminated against, “not given the dignity due to them”.
“Many of our children in those places, in schools, are not given the dignity due to them. Toilets are badly done, the caretakers are few, the teachers sent there are very few they can't handle them,” Archbishop Muheria says, adding that there are many hurdles limiting the supervision of special schools and institutions.
Families with children living with disabilities have been forgotten yet they require social and financial support, he laments.
“We in the church, you in the parish, at least take this challenge. At least let us visit the homes of families with disabilities, and the schools of children with disability regularly to help, not just to give food, but to help improve infrastructure, to walk with them, to clean, to give them new shades,” Archbishop Muheria says in his January 15 message shared with ACI Africa.
He continues, “Let us pay more attention to the people with disabilities then indeed we will see the face of Christ in them. Reach out to those in marginalized areas in ways that you can, don’t pass by. Let us be there because Christ calls us to reach out to our brothers and sisters.”
In an interview with Kenya Television Network (KTN) News published on YouTube Monday, January 16, Fr. Michael traced his Priestly vocation to the grace of God and expressed his gratitude to Archbishop Muheria for giving him the hope he needed to remain focused to his dream vocation.