Thursday 24th October 2019, a day of celebration and rejoicing for the Pallottine Family in East Africa.
Today was a joyful and happy day for the Pallottine Family in East Africa, four (4) students of the East African delegature of the SAC were ordained deacons by Monsignor Prosper Lyimu, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Arusha, in the Parish of St Joseph the Worker, Magugu, Tanzania. They are Faustin Francis Morumbe from Magugu Parish, Tanzania, Michael Muhia from Queen of Apostles Parish, Dagoretti Market, Nairobi, George Kamina from Machakos Diocese, Kenya, and Gonzaga Mutaawe from Masaka Diocese in Uganda. The parish of Magugu is the home parish of one of the new deacons, Faustin Francis Morumbe, and the last Pallottine vocation to be ordained from Magugu was Fr Sixtberth Mrumbi back in 2005; so the parishioners turned out in large numbers from all the outstations of the parish for the happy occasion. The Pallottine Family was represented in strength, most of the members of the delegature were present along with over 20 Pallottine Missionary Sisters from Polisingisi, Siuyu and Makiungu, and members of the Union of Catholic Apostolate from Kenya and Tanzania. Notwithstanding that the diaconate ordinations took place on a Thursday large numbers of family, friends and parishioners from all the Pallottine parishes in East Africa travelled to Magugu to share in the joy of the day and all were warmly welcomed by Fr Phirimin Mwenda the parish priest and the assistant Fr Remi Mushy and by Fr John Onna the Provincial Delegate.In the East African manner of celebration the colourful ceremony begun with the entrance procession of singing and dancing at 9.45 am and concluded at 14.30 with lunch for all who attended.God bless and guide the four deacons in their service of the Church in the months ahead.