On July 7, five new priests from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dar es Salaam were ordained, along with nine other priests from the Interdiocesan Seminary and some other religious congregations.
The new priests are: Denis Mwenda (Tanzania), Gabriel Broubero (Ivory Coast), George Uimbia (Kenya), Moses Omondi (Kenya) and Paulin Macha (Tanzania), all ordained deacons last January, who performed the their pastoral mission in various parishes of the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam.
The liturgical celebration was presided over by H.E. Msgr. Yuda Thaddeus Ruwa’ichi, Archbishop of Dar es Salaam, who urged the new priests to “not work for themselves” or “put themselves first”, but “to proclaim Jesus Christ, to serve Jesus Christ and the Church […] Not for selfish reasons, but by exercising one’s mission with love and showing the merciful face of God ”.
Also present was the Archbishop Emeritus of Dar es Salaam, Cardinal Polycarp Pengo. In conjunction with the Holy See, Mons.Ruwa’ichi took the opportunity to make public, in front of the numerous faithful gathered, the names of the two new Auxiliary Bishops elected by His Holiness Pope Francis to assist the archbishop: Father Henry Mchamungu and Father Stephano Musomba, the first is a secular priest, the second a religious priest. He also announced the appointment to various diocesan posts and offices and the erection of twenty new parishes in the Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam. For two of these new erected parishes he appointed two of our presbyters as parish priest, Fr. Gregory Kijanga and Fr. Alset “Juma” Oyubo.
These five (5) new priests join the nine (9) already ordained, reaching a total of fourteen (14) priests trained by the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Dar es Salaam, a diocesan, international and missionary formation house, erected in 2007 at the service of the New Evangelization in collaboration with the Neocatechumenal Way.