The Diocese celebrates ordinations………….

The Diocese of Nashik witnessed the ordination of three new priests.

During a solemn Eucharistic service held on the grounds of the St. Philomena Convent School, Nashik, and in presence of the candidates’ families and friends, the Bishop of Nashik, the Most Rev. Lourdes Daniel, laid hands on and anointed these men.

Reflecting on the ordination, Bishop Lourdes in his homily said: “It is a great encouragement to me and to the Church at large, God has made me His instrument in ordaining three new priests. These are men who have answered God’s call and who are making great sacrifices to be a sign of hope and encouragement to all of us”.  He also cautioned the newly ordained by saying “be aware of your sacred priesthood”.   To the faithful he said “to accept his priests as they are; some with enormous talents, others with few and may be some with nothing.  But the greatest among all qualifications is the call to Priesthood.  Every other qualification overrides if Priesthood is preserved and nurtured.” He welcomed the newly ordained Priests into the Presbyterium as “Servants of Christ.”

The following were ordained priest (Saturday 18 April 2015):

  • John Guldeokar
  • Sanjay Pathare
  • Santan Rodrigues

Elaborate arrangements were made to make this event a meaningful and pious ceremony.  Rev. Fr. Ravi Tribhuvan, Vicar General of the diocese, Rev. Fr. Peter D’Souza, Procurator, Rev. Fr. Allwyn Kalaghatgi, Liturgist, Rev. Fr. Kishore Vidhate, the compere of the day and Sr. Lucy Bhoye FHIC, Superior of St. Philomena Convent were the chief organizers of the ordination programme.  About 120 Priests + Religious and over 1000 faithful from all over this diocese and from three neighboring diocese were present to witness the ordinations.