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    Six Catholic deacons ordained at Driefontein



    BATSIRANAYI NGUGAMA

    DRIEFONTEIN
    – The Roman Catholic Church has ordained six new priests at an event held at Driefontein Mission near Mvuma.
    The event was graced by the Nuncio (Ambassador) to Zimbabwe Archbishop Marek Zalewski.
    The six who assumed duty on July 1, 2016 are Fr Leon Tawanda Mapfumo, Fr Dominic Dhereki, Fr Tafara Musemwa, Admire Gavi, Isaac Chirwa and Shingai Kudakwashe Nduku.
    Speaking after the ordination ceremony, Archbishop Zalewski affectionately called Moyo-Gono said it was a great honour for him to represent the Pope at such a wonderful event.
    "It is a great honour that comes once in a life time and may I thank His Lordship Right Rev Xavier Munyongani, Bishop of Gweru Diocese and Bishop Emeritus Martin Munyanyi for working tirelessly through and through.
    "People here are joyful, cheerful and dedicated to Catholicism. During the Homily, I felt at home away from home and I will extend my experience to the Pope," said the Archibishop.
    Turning to the new priests, Archbishop Zalewski said their mission was to perpetuate and defend the culture of Catholicism and its ethos wherever they will be deployed.
    "I urge them to follow their predecessors and leave a remarkable legacy in the way they will conduct themselves," he said.
    Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony Right Rev Xavier Munyongani thanked parents for giving their children to work for God.
    "Last year, we ordained only one priest and the number has increased to six this year. We will continuously pray to God for more labourers in his field," he said.
    The church boasts of high profile schools in the Diocese which are Shungu High, Serima High, Regina Mundi High, Hama High, Holy Cross High, Loreto High, Chikwingwizha High, Gonawapotera High, Driefontein and Lalapanzi Secondary which fully supported the event.
    People hailed Master of Ceremonies Fr Kudakwashe Musvevereki for a splendid work.
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