Two deacons were ordained to the priesthood in Panghkak Parish, Bamaw diocese in Myanmar on March 22.
Bishop Raymond Sumlut Gam of Bamaw ordained deacons Peter Lahpai Hkun Nawng and Matthew Nawng Lat to the priesthood in Panghkak Parish.
The retired Bishop Philip Lasap Za Hawng of Lashio Diocese and Bishop Daw Tang of Myitkyina also joined in the celebration.
"As Pope Francis has said that shepherds should have the smell of sheep, we priests must be with our sheep," Za Hawng said in his homily.
He also asked to lay people to pray for them.
"Priests are also human. They have their weaknesses. So please remember them in your daily prayers," he encouraged.
From that small parish, there are eight priests already, including two Bishops (Sumlut Gam and retired Daw Tang).
“When I was young, I want to become a priest very much. By God's grace, now I am a priest. On the other hand, I have responsibilities. I am afraid a little but I can do by the grace of God,” newly ordained priest Nawng Lat told RVA News.
(With inputs from Chwar Thar)
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