The celebration attracted priests, religious, politicians, friends, business men and women including the member of parliament for Ayivu East, Hon.Geoffrey Feta, commissioner at the ministry of tourism Mr.Candia Leon, commissioner, ministry of Land and Urban Development, L.C.V Moyo, Hon.Anyama William, Vice L.C.V Moyo, Hon. J.B Asosi amongst other dignitaries.
The celebrations started with a Eucharistic mass led by the Jubilarian and the Bishop of Arua Diocese who through the homily hailed Fr. John Baptist Drabo for touching the lives of many, especially those in need, fulfilled his call to priesthood, and is a hard working person who has achieved and always has been ready wherever he is called to service.
The Bishop emphasized that priesthood is a divine privilege granted by God to those who are willing to sacrifice themselves, remain disciplined, and offer their lives entirely to God's service. He reminded the attending priests of their primary obligation: to proclaim the word of God and share the good news with the people. The Bishop urged them not to lose sight of this duty, even amidst other important responsibilities. He encouraged them to also administer sacraments and guide people in understanding and embracing these sacred rituals.
Drawing inspiration from a Comboni missionary priest, the Bishop recounted a touching story of a priest who humbly recorded the number of Baptism Sacraments, Penance Sacraments, and other sacraments he performed daily on his door. He said this priest found joy in fulfilling his obligations as a servant of Christ, not for showmanship, but through the grace of God. The Bishop encouraged all priests to take pride in their divine calling and to find joy in serving God.
The Bishop highlighted another vital role of a priest - to be a unifying force among the people of God. He stressed that promoting unity is paramount as it keeps the faithful connected with God. Fr. Drabo was commended for his efforts in fostering unity among the people throughout his journey, from Bethany to Ociba.
During the celebration, Fr. John Baptist expressed his gratitude to God and the Bishop for accepting his invitation to commemorate 25 years of devoted priestly service. In his prayer, he asked for continued good health and blessings, so that he may continue to serve the people of God through his ministry.