An ordination is always a joyful occasion in the Church especially nowadays when vocations to priesthood have gone down. So it was a moment of joy and jubilation on the 28th of September 2014 when the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill witnessed the deaconate ordination of seven brothers. Not even the cold and rainy weather could stop the crowds from all over to come and be the part of this celebration which saw the following brothers being ordained to diaconate: Kevin Mapfumo, Alistair Gogodo, Bhekimpilo Tshuma, Thamsanqa Njiyela, Kondwani Pinji, Similo Ncube, Basilio Chilequene (all CMM). Br Mthokozisi Madlala TOR and Mike OP also joined to raise the number of deacons to nine. Indeed it was a great and memorable event for everyone who attended the occasion as the combined choir of Maqongo, CMM, TOR and OP animated the liturgy. Their animation was befitting such an occasion, affirming the positive response to God’s call, lifting the hearts of all present and expressing gratitude and joy to God. The presider was Bishop Zolile Mpambani SCJ of the diocese of Kokstad. In his homily he gave inspiring and challenging words reminding the deacons of their duties and responsibilities as deacons. Like Christ, we are called to be servants, we are to serve without demanding money, Christ never gave anyone money but his mission was a success. For us to be successful we are to be prayerful and remain focused on the ministry and responsibility entrusted to us by God and the church. Besides the provincials superiors from the different provinces and visiting priests from near and far, the day was graced by our relatives who came to witness the event from as far as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and within South Africa including our friends, parishioners from St Albert, St Vincent, KwaMadlala, UMzimkhulu, Maqonqo and St Wendelin’s. Great appreciation goes to everyone who made this day a success especially the Rectors and CMM brothers who worked tireless to make it what it became, a true moment of encounter with our loving God with each other as one family, in the ordination liturgy and the rest of the events that followed.
By Br Bhekimpilo Tshuma CMM