Mrutyun Jaya Bordhan M.Afr. (India)
PHOTOS de son Ordination
Ordination On Saturday the 19th of April 2008
at Immaculate Conception Parish Aligonda Via Adaba Gajapati District
Orissa - State INDIA -
On the 19th of April Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak of Berhampur ordained to the priesthood the fourth Indian Missionary of Africa: Mrutyun Jaya Bordhan. Mrutyun was born and bred in a village, Aligonda, in the hillcountry of Southern Orissa, one of the States of the Indian Democratic Repbublic. Aligonda Parish has also sent Sukesh and Nilu to be formed as Missionaries of Africa. Sukesh will start his years of pastoral training in Uganda. Nilu has started the study of philosophy. There is a strong Christian presence in that part of the country due to the missionary endeavours of the Spanish CM (Lazarists).
Fr. Mrutyun lost his father last year. His mother is alive and well. He has 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He received the final phases of his formation in Kahangala (Spiritual Year), in Zambia (stage) and in Nairobi (theology). He is appointed to Mongu in Zambia where he will go in January 2009 after helping us for vocation promotion for a few months here in India, his native land.
On the day of ordination, a joyful group of musicians and dancers led him from his home, through the village to the crossroad where the Bishop was welcomed. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of Christians from the surroundings villages, seated under colourful drapes that protected them against the sun. The Society was represented by two confreres, Piet Kramer and Martin Grenier, and aspirants / candidates on their way to holidays. Fifteen diocesan priests also attended, almost all young men! After the ceremony the family welcomed many guests around huge simmering pots and pans and a mountain of rice.
After his first Mass Fr. Mrutyun joined Fr. Martin (Grenier) on a vocation trip to the Eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland to try and gain a foothold there.
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