A huge congregation of Believers gathered at Sacred Heart Cathedral – Ediofe Parish, Arua City on Saturday 28th May 2022 to witness the priestly ordination of Rev.Dn.Charles Lwanga of Christ the King Parish Arua and Rev. Dn. Joseph Butele of St. Clave Aripea Parish. The colorful Ceremony was led by Rt.Rev.Sabino Ocan Odoki , the Bishop of Arua Diocese, graced by an assembly of the Clergy from all over the Diocese of Arua, gulu Archdiocese, political leaders and religious leaders from other religious fraternity.
In the homily , Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki, acknowledged the contribution of the parents of the ordained, the catechists, the formation directors for the tireless commitment in nurturing the newly ordained into the vocation of evangelization, nurturing faith and administration of the blessed Sacrament. Speaking at the ceremony, Bishop Sabino shared with the believers the roles and obligations that parents have to play in ensuring that children achieve their callings in the vocations they choose for the betterment of society.
During the celebration of the mass, the excited deacons were seen being ushered to the altar by their parents and family members, the two knelt down before the Bishop pledging their Promise of Obedience. The candidates laid prostrate while the Bishop , Priests, and Parishioners recited the Litany of Saints, calling out to the communion of saints for their strength and support. They also ask that the saints intercede to God on the candidates behalf. Prostration can carry the symbolism of death--the death to self that comes before the candidate's rebirth into priestly service.
The Bishop then laid hands on the candidates and said a prayer outpouring the Holy Spirit. At this moment, the bishop conferred the Holy Spirit upon the candidates. Being the pivotal and sacramental moment of Holy Orders, all priests who were present followed in turn and it was at this moment that the ordained entered the unbroken lineage that leads back to the apostles of Jesus.
Rev.Fr. Charles Lwanga is appointed to work in Obongi Parish and Fr. Joseph Butele is to work in Dufele parish. In the same event ,Rev. Fr. James Angualia was appointed the Chaplain for Arua Regional Referral Hospital and also to serve as the Chaplain for Arua School of Compressive Nursing.