• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Monday, 30 November 2020 11:34

Ordained to carry the Good News to the world


Clement Yosef John ordination 2020 550It was a joyful occasion for the Divine Word Missionaries last Saturday when three young men were ordained to the priesthood.

Adrianus Yohanes (John) Mai SVD, Clement Baffoe SVD, and Yosef Meda SVD were ordained in Melbourne by Auxiliary Bishop Terrence Curtin in front of a small congregation, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, but an international audience of family and friends watching the livestream.

John comes from Flores, Indonesia, Clement comes from Ghana, and Yosef comes from Mangulewa, Flores and they have completed their formation in the AUS Province at Dorish Maru College in Melbourne.

In his homily, Bishop Curtin referred to the readings chosen by the three young men, saying the Gospel reading of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet gave them the example to follow in their priestly life.

“John, Clement and Yosef, we are gathered here to celebrate your ordination to the priesthood for missionary service to the Church in the Society of the Divine Word,” he said.

“It brings us great joy.”

Bishop Curtin said the young missionaries were, in their ordination, giving their life to something bigger than themselves.

“You are now to be ordained for priestly ministry to the Church as Missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word, to carry the Good News of Christ our Saviour to a waiting world,” he said.

Clement yosef John ordination 2020 with confreres and bishop 550“Here is your life’s purpose.

“Always keep in mind the example of Christ the Good Shepherd who washed his disciples’ feet. He came not to serve, but to be served and to give himself as a ransom for many.”

Speaking just before his ordination, Clement said he felt “full of joy” but at the same time, a bit nervous.

“My insignificance causes this nervousness. Nevertheless it is positive since it is a reminder for me to depend on God,” he said.

“For me, being a Divine Word Missionary priest is a call to participate in the mission of God. This call will enable me to journey with fellow pilgrims and at the same time share the love of God with all those I minister to.

“I hope that God who has journeyed with me in the past nine-and-a-half years will remain with me in the rest of my future ministries.”

Yosef said he thanked God for the gift of priesthood that he has received.

“God calls me to stay with him and to be his servant,” he said.

“As I knelt down before the Lord, prayed  and promised to live my life in God’s guidance, I realise that this gift of priesthood is not only for me, not only for all of us, the Divine Word Missionaries, but rather for the whole Church, the whole people of God,” he said.

Clement Yosef John ordination 2020 with cake 550“I got a lot of best wishes for this day from almost every corner of this world. There is no reason to doubt that I am loved.

“Today is a new start for me. As the two disciples on their way to Emmaus invited Jesus to stay with them, me too, I want to open my heart for Jesus to remain forever. In a special way I want to learn from them to be a good host for others, to whom I know and also the strangers. “Stay with us this is nearly evening, the day is almost over,” (Luke 24:29). 

John said that being ordained in 2020, during a global pandemic is a memorable experience.

“I personally reflect that God’s infinite love can be experienced at any time even in difficult situation like COVID-19,” he said.

“Ordination for me is a moment of love. God’s love is showed not merely to me as sinful person and unworthy but also others.

John said he chose his priestly motto: ‘The Lord is with you’ (Luke 1:28b), because he strongly believes that God will be with him forever even in his difficult and challenging times.

“I am so happy to reach this stage by being ordained. However, I am also nervous as ordination is the beginning of a journey without end. This endless journey is not my journey but it God’s journey. God is always with me for ever.”

As soon as COVID-19 border restrictions allow, the three new priests will take up their first assignments. John has been assigned to Ende Province in Indonesia, Clement to the Australia Province and Yosef to Ghana-Liberia Province.

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