Kitgum, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kitgum diocese on Sunday ordained up to seven deacons, priested one deacon and commissioned 41 lay readers in an ordination service at Kilak Parish in Pader Sub County, Pader district.
While delivering a sermon to the new clergy men and women, the parish priest Kitgum Urban Archdeaconry, Rev. Robinson Oginga Odinga accused many clergy of burdening their Christians with unreasonable personal demands.
Rev. Odinga said that clergy must learn to live a sacrificial life with the little they have and also work hard to ensure that they can provide for their families ably, besides doing the ministry work.
“Equip yourself with knowledge and basic skills on Agriculture, technology, politics, economy and leadership among others so you can not only meet the needs of your family, but also preach what is relevant to the people in this age,” explained Rev. Odinga.
He also encouraged Christians to provide what is within their means to support the clergy, most of whom leave their homes to do pastoral work in distant places.
On Sunday, 6 clergy were ordained as deacons, 1 deacon priested and 41 lay readers commissioned in an ordination ceremony on Sunday at Kilak parish, under Kitgum diocese. The dean of students who represented the principle of Bishop Lee Ray field college where the lay readers were trained, Rev. Lawrence Nyekorach said that the lay readers are from three dioceses including; Kitgum, Lango and West Lango Diocese.
He encouraged Christians to continue supporting more of their children to enroll in the college so that they can add more people into the ministry of God.
Meanwhile, the bishop of Kitgum diocese, Rt Rev. Wilson Kitara urged the newly ordained clergy to fulfill their commitment to God by withstanding all challenges in ministry until they finish the race of priesthood.
“It is one thing to finish studies and another to start work,” said Bishop Kitara. “Many people start the walk but give in to the challenges they face. Very few people have the heart and mind to do the work of God.”