2nd June 2018, the catholic Diocese of Kitui added into her number of priests three others who were ordained that day in a ceremony at St. Michael’s Kitui School for the Deaf. These were:
Fr. Stephen Kilonzo from Muthale parish
Fr. Boniface Mutisya from Kabati parish
Fr. Charles Maingi from Nguutani parish.
Together with these three,was also Fr. James Mate from Ikutha parish who is a missionary belonging to the Consolata Missionaries.
Fr. James Mate happens to be the first priest to be ordained from Ikutha parish since its inception.
The same ceremony also saw the ordination of two other Deacons: Rev. Pius Mutati and Rev. Antony Muema. Deacon Pius comes from Kyuso parish while Deacon Anthony is from Mutune parish.
Speaking during the ordination, Archbishop Bishop Anthony Muheria called on the ordinants to be dedicated to the work that the Lord has called them to. He challenged them to be faithful to their calling and asked the faithfuls to assist them respond to that calling effectively.
After the ordination, Fr. Boniface Mutisya was posted to Boma Parish, Fr. Charles Maingi to Mwingi parish and Fr. Stephen Kilonzo Mutitu parish while Fr. James Mate was posted to Taiwan.
As a way of promoting tomorrow’s vocations, Archbishop Muheria challenged the young people to begin discerning their vocations early and begin nurturing it. To demonstrate this, he asked from the audience of any boy or girl who feels is ready to serve as a priest or sister when time comes to be bold enough and walk to the podium where he was. The archbishop and the gathering could not believe it when countless number of young boys and girls went to the podium literally running! This is a show that they are ready and willing to join the religious life when time comes. He challenged them to be very serious in their academics reminding them that without excelling in the same, they cannot qualify to join religious life.
May the Lord bless the newly ordained and guide them in their Apostolate.