FIVE PRIESTS AND THREE DEACONS ORDAINED AT THE HOLY FAMILY MINOR BASILICA
Eight candidates have been ordained at the Holy Family Minor Basilica. Five deacons have been ordained to the priesthood and three seminarians to the order of diaconate. The Eucharistic celebration was led by Archbishop Philip Anyolo, assisted by Bishop David Kamau and numerous priests.
The ordination ceremony, attended by a congregation of over 3,000 Christians from across the Archdiocese, was a testament to the faith and dedication of these individuals and the community that supports them.
In his homily, Bishop David Kamau emphasized that a priest is a teacher, pastor, leader, and a reconciler. He highlighted the indispensable need for priests in the Christian community, stating, “Our souls cannot rest without God.” He urged the congregation to pray for the priests as they pray for them.
Bishop Kamau also reminded the priests elect and deacons elect of the sacrifices inherent in their vocation. “The life of a priest is a life of giving oneself because without sacrifice, there is no life,” he said. He stressed the importance of prayer and living according to the word of God, acknowledging the challenges that come with such a devout path.
The newly ordained priests are Fr. Silas Ngaruiya Kanyara from Holy Family Parish Githunguri, Fr. Robert Chris Ndungu from St. Patrick’s Parish Thika, Fr. James Muniu Mwaura from St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish Ngenya, Fr. Joseph Njoroge Njuguna from Ss. Peter and Paul Parish Kiambu, and Fr. James Ngigi Mwaura, also from St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish, Ngenya.
The newly ordained deacons are Deacon Wilson Kamau Maina from Our Lady of the Assumption Kambaa, Deacon Anthony Makau Mbithi from Blessed Sacrament Parish Buruburu, and Deacon Gabriel Gathungu Mugo from Martyrs of Uganda Parish Gatundu.