Bishop Paulino declares St. Francis Parish
By Kidega Livingstone
Paulino Lokudu Loro the Metropolitan Archbishop of Juba has declared St. Francis Chapel Nyuwa in Jebel Ladu a Parish and installed Fr. Jaya Pradash of Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI) as the first priest.
During the event Bishop Lokudu and Ambassador of India to South Sudan S.D Moorthy and commissioners of Ladu County,Mangalla and Onduruba County joint the missionary team to celebrate Feast Day of St. Francis Assis at Nyuwa that begun with flag hosting by Bishop Lokudu.
Speaking to the Christians during the occasion Bishop Lokudu said that development of churches came as the result of love from the population within the area.
“This church did not come from anywhere but from God because of love you have shown to God. St. Francis can become a Saint because of your togetherness and love among yourselves to build the church,” said Lokudu.
The development of the church should be in local program, your own program as a church and for the county and government. I was not believing that I will announce this place a parish. It is the work of God,” he added.
Bishop said the priests and the resources should be available to deliver services in order to run the new parish.
“It is the people who came together and said they need a parish. Resources and priests must be available to run the new parish,” Lokudu said.
Fr. Jaya Pradash who was appointed the First Priest of St. Francis said his appointment came as the result of trust put upon him by the groups of catholic priests of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and other priests working close and cooperatively with him.
“I am praising the priests for put trust on me and selecting me and to be announced by Bishop to be the First Priest of St. Francis parish,” said Fr. Jaya.
Commissioner of Ladu County, Thomas Peter Gore told the gathering that it was very easy to upgrade a church into a parish but it requires more work for it to move forward.
“If there is problem we shall sit down and settle the matter for us to move forward,” said Peter.
Indian Ambassador to South Sudan, S.D Moorthy said that their embassy will continue to support churches in order for the gospel to reach many people in the country.
He expressed that churches are doing well in educating the community as well as empowering women to earn a living.