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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.
“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.”