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Five Salesian Priests Ordained in Shillong

By INS Correspondent
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Shillong, Jan. 18. Fathers Albestar Kharkongor, Anthony Mallai, Donborlang Kurbah, Kennedy Kharkongor and Ritonbor Kharkongor Salesian priest together with six other young men which included one Salesian for Guwahati Province, one Capuchin priest, two Claretians priests and two Diocesans priests were ordained  today at the premises of the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Laitumkhrah by Bishop Victor Lyngdoh - the Bishop of Jowai Diocese.
The rite of the Ordination to the presbyterate took place during the solemn Eucharistic celebration concelebrated by hundreds of priests and about twenty thousand lay faithful including the religious sisters and brothers. Father John Madur, the diocesan administrator and Father Paul O Lyngkot sdb, the Provincial of the Salesians of Shillong presented the candidates to the Bishop and requested him to ordain them. After this rite of presentation and after listening to the Word of God, the Bishop gave a short homily.

'Priests are apostles of Christ, they represents Christ to the faithful. Priests are agents of God's blessings and healers for those who are either physically or spiritually ill. Priests are teachers and leaders of the faithful on how to live a virtuous life, becoming role model of holiness in words and deeds. Priests are prophets like the prophet Jonah who caused for the conversion of the people of Niniveh. They should bring the faithful back to God with their preaching. Priests should lead people to Christ and they should spend their lives on things that are eternal like Moses and other prophets. Priests should made themselves available to be with the Lord at all times through prayers and the celebration of the Eucharist' said the Bishop.

The newly ordained priests thanked the Bishop for ordaining them to the priesthood, they thanked the Salesians and parents for sustaining and nurturing their vocation all these years. A big thanks to all the laity gathered here. The joy of life is to follow Him.  
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