On July 10, 2018, the Most Reverend Rogatus KIMARYO, Bishop of Same, Tanzania, ordained Friars Simon Daniel KESSY and Denis Dominick KUNAMBI to the priesthood. The event took place at the Divine Mercy Parish and Shrine at Mwanga, Kilimanjaro.

With joyful hearts, the Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Provincial Custody of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe in Tanzania expressed gratitude to God for his tremendous blessings. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our presence in Tanzania, especially in the Diocese of Same where the first missionary from Poland arrived, two of our friars have been ordained priests at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Mwanga, Kilimanjaro. Friar Denis is a product of our witness at the Divine Mercy parish in Mwanga.
In his homily, Bishop KIMARYO reminded the newly ordained priests to truly be ministers of the people of God. He encouraged them to persevere in difficult moments but also to serve the people of God with love and charity. During our friars’ ordination, the bishop also ordained two diocesan deacons to the priesthood. We wish all the newly ordained priests God’s blessings in their new ministry. The friars of the Custody count all these events as blessings upon blessings.

Friar Benson MAPUNDA, Custodial Secretary