The Weekend was full and marked with excitement, hope, joy, and celebration as Cameroonians from all over the UK assembled in St Chad's cathedral Birmingham to witness the ever first Ordained Permament Deacon from the English Speaking part of Cameroon in Europe Rev Deacon Ngamsha Maxcel married to Ngamsha Victorine Kintarir. They All Hail from Nso Bui Division in the North West Region of Cameroon.
|Rev Ngamsha, Archbishop Corneluis, the three kids &; wife, High Commissioner & Wife|
Ngamsha Maxcel now a Deacon is married with three Kids, Berinyuy Ngamsha, Solii Ngamsha, Yula Ngamsha and now an adopted daughter studying in Yaounde Cameroon, Melanie Ngamsha.
I know the question will be, how can a married person be ordained Deacon in the Catholic church?
These questions and more were read in the minds of many when an invitation was sent and those who knew this family so well and fallen short of the doctrine and declarations of the catholic kept asking very many unanswered questions. The Archbishop of Bamenda Cornelius Fontem who nursed Rev Ngamsha and wife some 30 years back the then Bishop of kumbo who left Cameroon purposely for this Ordination as Grandparents to the couple will later explain this declaration.
|Archbishop Cornelius Esua & Shey Tatah Wo Scandy|
VATICAN CITY 1998:
The permanent Diaconate, restored by the Second Vatican Council, in complete continuity with ancient Tradition and the specific decision of the Council of Trent, has flourished in these last decades in many parts of the Church — with promising results, especially for the urgent missionary work of new evangelisation. The Holy See and many Episcopates, in promoting this ecclesial experience, have continually afforded norms and guidelines for the life and formation of deacons. The growth of the permanent Diaconate, however, now gives rise to a need for a certain unity of direction and clarification of concepts, as well as for practical encouragement and more clearly defined pastoral objectives. The total reality of the Diaconate — embracing its fundamental doctrinal vision, discernment of vocation, as well as the life, ministry, spirituality and formation of deacons — calls for a review of the journey thus far made, so as to arrive at a global vision of this grade of Sacred Orders corresponding to the desire and intention of the Second Vatican Council.
The St Chad's Cathedral and its congregation was filled to the brim with both priests and religious men and women from all over the globe. More than 30 Deacons, 25 priests were at the alter to bid their brother a hearty Welcome to the ministry. The choir was solemn with selected and spicy songs well fitted in the celebration
It should be worth noting that during the Eucharist, Rev Ngamsha Maxcel was given the opportunity to distribute Communion not only to the Birmingham christians but also to the Cameroonians who witnessed the occasion and were blessed to receive first hand Communion from the hands of the newly Ordained.
The exit procession which caught the attention of all was witnessed with a hand of applause to the Ordained, the Birmingham Arch Bishop and our own very Archbishop Cornelius Esua for a job well done. This led to merry making and meeting of both new and old friends.
The Event was not only attended by religious but by top Government Officials the Cameroon High Commissioner & Family, His deputy & Family, other Nso dignatories, Like the Banin groups, Friends and well wishers
While you enjoy the images and video, i shall be right back with the details of the reception and the Thanksgiving Mass with the Archbishop of Bamenda
Reporting from the Scandy Palace by
Shey Tatah Sevidzem Wo Scandy