ASIA/MONGOLIA - The Church prepares for the ordination of the first native priest

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 local churches   prayer   evangelization  


Ulaan Baatar (Agenzia Fides) - "We will soon have the first native priest of Mongolia: Joseph Enkh, who will be ordained a priest in Ulaan Baatar on 28 August 2016 by His Exc. Mgr. Wenceslao Padilla, Apostolic Prefect of Ulaan Baatar. This event is particularly important for our young Church, re-founded in 1992 and today has just over a thousand baptized. The ordination of a native priest will stimulate the enthusiasm and sense of belonging among the Mongols, towards a church that has long been seen as foreign": says Fr. Prosper Mbumba, Congolese missionary in Mongolia, a member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) to Agenzia Fides.
Joseph Enkh was ordained a deacon on 11 December 2014 in Daejeong (in South Korea), where he received his initial formation, and returned to Mongolia in January. Since then he has been carrying out his pastoral experience, serving in various parishes of Mongolia, where currently there are, on the whole, about 20 missionaries and 50 nuns from 12 congregations, engaged in six parishes.
Fr. Prosper says to Fides: "Christians pray a lot for their future priests and parishes are promoting catechetical meetings, to offer people a better understanding of the priestly ministry. In all the churches of Mongolia a novena of prayer in view of the ordination will be held. Many faithful continue to express their expectations to the future priest in writing: they write letters to let him know that they are proud of his vocation and have trust in his presence and his work". The missionary concludes: "We thank God for this gift and for this enthusiasm". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 01/06/2016)