The Diocese of Kohima witnessed the ordination of the 107th diocesan Priest, Deacon Leo Chase on Tuesday at St. Joseph’s Church, Chumoukedima. Bishop James Thoppil officiated the Rite of Ordination concelebrated by 45 priests in the presence of Sisters, parents, Brothers, friends and relatives of Rev. Leo and faithful. The deacon was presented by his parents after removing the traditional dress, indicating that he is being set apart for God’s work.
The bishop thanked the parents and relatives of Deacon Leo for offering him to God and to the Church. He stated that Deacon Leo is taking a bold step to follow the Lord totally wherein he will be ordained a priest, and hence set apart and consecrated to God’s work and His mission. Bishop speaking about the significance of Priesthood said that “Priesthood is a great blessing gift and source of blessing to the family, to the Church, to the tribe and to the society at large.” Bishop appealed to Deacon Leo to make his priority an intimacy with Jesus. Fr. Leo Chase thanked the benevolent God for blessing him and calling him to share in the ministry of Jesus, the good Shepherd. He also extended his words of gratitude to all who came for the ordination. After mass a short felicitation program was organized in honour of the new Priest. The day ended with the festal fellowship meal.