Monday, January 18, 2021

First Catholic priest from Khonoma village ordained

Khonoma Priest

Dimapur, December 30: Reverend Deacon Megoriakho Thomas Puny, the first priest from St. John the Evangelist Church, Khonoma, was ordained for the Diocese of Kohima on December 30 at Khonoma. The Mass of Ordination was presided over by Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima Diocese. The motto of the newly ordained priest is “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).

In his homily, the Bishop explained that a priest is ordained, not of men but of God, to lift up Jesus Christ that men may look unto Him and be saved. The function of the priest in short, is to lift up Christ, that He may draw all men unto Him and give them eternal life. He asserted that once ordained, a priest is a marked man, impressed with the indelible character of priesthood.
He exhorted Deacon Thomas to remember that lifting up Jesus Christ before men is to be his life-work, so that He may draw them unto Him. This can only be done by God’s power, and he as a priest, would receive the Holy Spirit for the office and work of a priest. The Bishop advised the new priest: “You are a pastor, not functionary. Be a mediator, not intermediary.”
Earlier Deacon Thomas Puny? was accompanied by his age group members as he entered the Church with Bishop James, priests and family members. The traditional blessing was pronounced by Vikepelhu Lucas Meyase, followed by the rite of ordination presided over by the Bishop. Rev. Fr. Dr. Pezalhukho George Rino, Asst. Professor & Director of Men’s Hostel, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama, led the ordination ceremony, and Rev.Fr. Vekupa George, Assistant Parish Priest, Khonoma, accorded words of welcome.
The Holy Mass was followed by felicitation and community feast.
It may be mentioned that Rev. Fr. Thomas is the son of Kepelhuto Peter Puny? and Zaseny?no Angela Puny?. He did his early schooling in Khonoma, and theological studies at Papal Seminary of St. Francis Xavier, Pune. He was ordained Deacon by Auxilliary Bishop Allwyn D’Silva, Archdiocese of Bombay on 8th February, 2020.
(Page News Service)