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Silver jubilarian priest offers recipe for “prosperous and fruitful life”

A Catholic priest urged people to have faith in God and worth together to attain prosperity and fruitfulness in life.
Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng during the priestly silver jubilee celebration. (Photo: RVA Kachin-Jinghpaw Service)

A Catholic priest urged people to have faith in God and worth together to attain prosperity and fruitfulness in life.

Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng celebrated a thanksgiving mass on the occasion of completing twenty-five years in ministry on January 18.

"Have faith in God and work together by the help of the Holy Spirit throughout your life. Then only, we will be prosperous and fruitful in our lives," said Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng during a thanksgiving mass on January 18.

Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng completed twenty-five years of priestly ordination. The silver jubilee celebration was delayed for two years due to the pandemic.

The priest prayed for his companion priest, who died due to COVIC-19 during the first wave of the pandemic. Father Michael Myint Aung was Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng's batchmate, who also had delayed celebrating his ordination anniversary.

"I felt very sorry for him. I pray for him and all those who died of the Covid-19 pandemic and due political crisis in Myanmar," Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng said.

Father Peter Hkawng Tu, the vicar general of Myitkyina Diocese, presided over the silver jubilee celebration at Kamaing Parish.

"Father Peter is an approachable and loveable priest. By seeing the event, we could say that how he is loveable and approachable," said Father John Galang La Raw.

Father John explained the Biblical meaning of jubilee according to the Old Testament.

"The jubilee is not only for the celebrant but also for us and everyone. Jubilee is to forgive and to be forgiven. So let us forgive each other and ask God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit," said Father John.

Father Peter Nlam Tu Awng's priestly motto is "I can do all things in him who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).

On March 5, 1963, he was born to Peter Nlam Gam and Labu Roi Yan. In 1979, he joined the Saint Columban Minor Seminary in Myitkyina, Myanmar. He was ordained deacon on December 1, 1994, and later ordained as a priest by Bishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng on March 19, 1995.

The priest served as parish priest in Kachyi Htu, Shing Bwi Yang, Danai, Hpakan, Putao, Kamaing.

From all parishes the priest served, people prepared traditional gifts "htung hkring magun shat lit" (a gift presented as an expression of respect and loyalty) to honor and show their appreciation and gratitude for 25 years of priestly service.


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