Deacon Angou Francis ordained priest

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Dimapur, January 18: Deacon Anguo Francis SDB was ordained priest for the Congregation of Salesians of Don Bosco for Mission Ad Gentes on January 18 at Holy Cross Church, Dimapur. Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima officiated the ceremony of ordination in presence of Rev. Fr. Jose Kuruvachira SDB, Provincial, Dimapur Province, Rev. Fr. M C George SDB, Procurator for the Salesian Mission in Rome, priests, sisters, Church leaders, CAN, NCWA, NCYM, parents and relatives, friends and well wishers. Over 45 priests concelebrated with the Bishop in the solemn ceremony of the ordination.
Deacon Angou Francis dressed in the traditional attire was led to the altar by Zeliang Catholic community as a sign of offering to God. He was accompanied by his parents, brothers, sisters and relatives.
The Bishop, in his homily thanked the family and village for offering Deacon Anguo Francis for the service of God in the Church. He exhorted the candidate to be humble, building close intimacy with Jesus through the celebration of the Eucharist and prayer.
The bishop urged the family members and the parish community to uphold Rev. Fr. Francis daily in their prayers.
Fr. Angou Francis thanked all those who made him possible to stand at the altar. He thanked God for the gift of ‘vocation to priesthood’ and for giving him the strength and courage to follow His call. (Page News Service)