On Sunday the 15th of January 2017, Prosper Tehou, originally from Benin, was ordained Deacon by the Archbishop of Pretoria, His Grace, William Slattery. This was a truly joyful day for the Comboni Missionaries as the Ordination took place in St. Augustine’s Silverton, our oldest parish in Pretoria. The parishioners joined our Missionaries in the planning and execution of the Ordination, assisting with planning a splendid liturgy. They helped with the logistics, cooking, decorating, demonstrating their closeness to the Comboni Family and the Comboni values that they have made their own.
The celebration was attended by many Comboni Missionaries and the full complement of the Comboni Missionary Sisters. In a packed Church, the Archbishop encouraged Deacon Prosper to deepen his faith in the ever-faithful God whose being reflects mercy and compassion. In an emotionally charged speech, Deacon Prosper expressed his gratitude to God for having called him to the Comboni Missionaries. He also thanked his mother in absentia, prayed for his deceased father, and for all who have assisted him on the faith journey.
In the feast that followed the Spirt of God was palpable in the relaxed atmosphere of gratitude and fellowship. This Ordination truly brought out the deepest and most valuable treasures of our Comboni life, Africa and all her children rejoicing around one making the total surrender of his life into the hands of the Father.