Ethiopia - Two new Salesian priests
Zway, Ethiopia - February 2020 - The Salesian Province of AET was in great jubilation as two new priests were ordained for the province on 9 February 2020. Deacon Alemayehu Bedassa and Deacon Tadele Welde received their priestly ordination at the hands of Mons. Abraham Desta, the Vicar Apostolic of Meki Vicariate. Both deacons had finished their Theological studies at the Salesian Thoeologate of Ratisbonne in Jerusalem. The solemn ceremony, held in the Parish Church of Mary Help of Christians at Zway, was attended by a large gathering of faithful nearing a thousand and about 50 religious people. The homily during the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration was delivered by Abba Hailemariam Medhin, the AET provincial. At length, he reflected upon the significance of the priesthood and gratuitous call of God irrespective of our merits and capabilities. The Bishop also gave a touching message after the Mass through which he also invited everyone to stand by the newly ordained priests, as the journey only commences with ordination, the road ahead long. After the Ordination ceremony in the Church, a felicitation program was held at the multi-purpose hall of Zway Don Bosco, where lunch was also served for all the invited guests. The new priests were extremely happy with the whole program and thanked all the friends, relatives and well-wishers who had taken part in the function and prayed for them.