Mangaluru, Apr 11, 2018: The ordination ceremony of a Deacon as priest of Missionary Society of Infant Jesus (MSIJ) congregation was held at St Lawrence Church, Bondel on Wednesday,April 11.
Bishop of Mangaluru diocese Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, ordained the Deacon. Bishop also celebrated the Holy Eucharist as main celebrant. In his homily the Bishop said the newly ordained priest have the onerous responsibility of preaching the word of God. He also urged them to work towards the upliftment of the underprivileged sections of the society.
Fr Lawrence Pinto, Fr Andrew D Souza, Fr Vinod Lobo, and Fr Joseph,Fr Peter and Fr Rajappa the co-celebrants. Fr Ronald Serrao, professor of St. Joseph’s seminary Mangaluru led the liturgical ceremony.
Fr Lawrence Pinto, the founder of MSIJ congregation read out the names of the about to be ordained priest and he stood up to say "I am present". The bishop asked the founder about the willingness and preparation of the deacons to be the priests of the diocese. The founder replied, "I have found that they are worthy to be priests of the Catholic Church." Then the bishop ordained the deacon as priest in a traditional style and way of Catholic ordination. After the Eucharist celebration, a short felicitation programme was organized by the MSIJ.
The newly ordained priests Fr Ashok Nalla is from Pallivela parish of East Godavari Diocese,Andhra Pradesh. He completed his theological study from St Joseph Seminary,Mangaluru.
MSIJ which was formed on 2005 by Fr Lawrence Pinto. The headquarters of MSIJ is at Kavoor, Mangaluru.