BE RECONCILERS AND BUILDERS OF PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, BISHOP OBALLA URGES PRIESTS

BE RECONCILERS AND BUILDERS OF PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, BISHOP OBALLA URGES PRIESTS

BY CORRESPONDENT,NGONG KENYA,26TH SEPT,2018-Bishop John Oballa has called Priests to be vigilant, proactive reconcilers and builders of peaceful co-existence among people in the Diocese.

The Bishop said this in reference to ethnic conflicts
that have rocked Narok County in Olokurto one of the Parishes of the Diocese in
Olposimoru. The recent conflicts in this area have been blamed to cattle
rustling.

“It calls upon us to be vigilant, proactive and
reconcilers and builders of peaceful co-existence among people in the Diocese.Whenever
something happens in our diocese we should, make it our own responsibility as a
diocese to respond in solidarity. I call upon you not to apportion yourselves
or the Christians against other communities

The Prelate who officially opened the Diocesan
Annual Clergy Assembly on 25th September 2018, at Watakatifu Wote
Senta, asked the Diocesan and religious clergy to keep their Priestly identity,
reconciling their priestly ministry with the kind of life they lead.  He asked them to feed their mind and heart
with the word of God and the teachings of the Church asking them to drink from
the teachers of the church.

RT.Rev.John Oballa Owaa,Bishop catholic Diocese of Ngong-FILE IMAGE

“Your ministry deserves concentration of your time
and strength, you are called to Holiness, God has called you not to return to
any secular activities which have no bearing on evangelization, the kingdom of
God demands full time harvesters, men devotedly a tasked body and soul, flesh
and blood with an undivided heart.” Said Bishop John Oballa.

The Diocesan Clergy are assembled at Watakatifu Wote
Senta in Ngong for a five day Annual Clergy Assembly from 24th -28th
September 2018.

Bishop Oballa asked the clergy to rejoice in
developing consciously pastoral teams around them asking them to work in
harmony with Catechists

“I encourage you, we are in a jurisdiction where the
hope of this church relies heavily on how we invite, interact with the young
ones in schools, work closely and with due respect with our catechists, mind
their welfare, theirs is a calling too. Treat our catechists with the respect
they deserve never push them aside they are part and parcel of the evangelizing
agency that this mission acquired.Give the youth the accompaniment they
require, respect and appreciate the role of the laity in the church,
familiarize yourselves with safeguarding of children and the care to be given
and never to gloss over any allegations.”

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