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Deacon Joy Agnel D’Souza OCD of Our Lady of Health Church Shirva was ordained as priest by Most Rev. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo on 3rd May, 2018.

The ordination ceremony was held in the presence of the V. Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior of OCD, near and dear ones of the newly-ordained priest along with hundreds of devotees. More than 40 priests were present on the occasion.

The bishop in his homily pointed out the status and responsibilities of a priest in the church. He said that a priest is the one chosen by God from among the people to serve them and lead them to Christ. He also highlighted the significance and challenges of the priestly ministry in the present world.

Later, the newly ordained priest concelebrated in the Holy Eucharist with the bishop. Fr Stephen D’Souza, Diocesan Biblical and Catechetical Centre animated the Liturgy.

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