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Nepal parish gets three new priests

Special ceremony sees Indians ordained not in home parish but where they will work

Three new priests at their ordination in Maheshpur parish in eastern Nepal Three new priests at their ordination in Maheshpur parish in eastern Nepal
  • ucanews.com reporter, Mahespur, Nepal
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  • February 14, 2011
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An ordination ceremony for three priests in Nepal’s remotest parish, has given villagers there a chance to celebrate and an early opportunity to meet their new spiritual advisors.

The three Indian-born priests, a diocesan and two Jesuits were ordained in Jesuit-run Maheshpur parish, 600 kilometers east of Kathmandu, on February 12 by Nepal’s apostolic vicar Jesuit Bishop Anthony Sharma.

The ceremony, concelebrated by about three dozen priests, and which also included traditional dances, was held at the Moran Memorial School.

Family and friends of the priests in India and over 1,000 other Catholics from all across Nepal braved a public transport strike in the east of the country to attend the ceremony.

This ordination serves to “inspire our children to become priests, brothers and sisters so that we can be more firmly rooted in this land. If we do not stand on our own feet our Church will not grow,” Bishop Sharma told the gathering.

The ordination was particularly special because it took place close to where the three priests would be working and not in their home parishes.

“The Nepal Jesuit region now has a policy of holding ordinations in parishes where the people to be served by the priests can take part,” said Jesuit regional superior of Nepal Father Lawrence Maniyar.

The three new priests ---- Jesuits Anil Beck and Vijay Toppo are both 38 years old and originally from Jharkhand. The diocesan Johnnesu Naddi is 32-years-old and originally from Andra Pradesh.

Their ordination brings to seven the number of priests Bishop Sharma has ordained since being made apostolic vicar in 2007.

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