Kenya: ‘Avoid Earthly Goodies’, Archbishop Okoth Urge New Priests

Kenya: ‘Avoid Earthly Goodies’, Archbishop Okoth Urge New Priests

Catholic Information Service for Africa, Nairobi — Rt Rev Zacchaeus Okoth, the Archbishop of the Catholic diocese of Kisumu has called upon priests to shun away from earthly riches and goodies and focus on serving Christ.

Archbishop Okoth said that the evangelical teachings restrain the church leaders against the worldly possessions like ownership of big cars, many pair of shoes, big houses and large parcels of land.

“The sacrifice of Christ entails that you deny yourself ancestral home, luxury of money, luxury of being a husband while embracing the holy Eucharist which is a thanks giving of the mysterious love that God has sent you and consecrated you for,” said Archbishop Okoth.

Archbishop Okoth was speaking on September 14 at the Consolata shrines in Westlands, Nairobi during the ordination ceremony of three Consolata priests.

He urged the priests not to be afraid of spreading the word of God to all corners of the world.

“As priests of the new dawn (21st century), God has touched your lips that you may always proclaim the word of God in season and out of season to all nations” said Archbishop Okoth.

The three ordained priests are Denis Mwenda Gitari, Deonicious Mugo and Joseph Omollo.

According to the Consolata Regional Superior, Fr Hieronymus Joya, all the three priests have been assigned to work overseas.

Fr Mwenda has been sent to work in Brazil, Fr Omollo to Rome while Fr Mugo will be heading to Canada.

Before their ordination, Fr Mwenda worked in Ukunda Mombasa; Omollo was working at the animation office at the Consolata missionaries’ Regional house in Nairobi while Mugo was in Murang’a Diocese.

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