Priestly Ordination of Rev Bro Jacob Ketchen Tambe
On the 18th November 2017 all roads lead to Immaculate Conception Parish at Nguti in the Diocese of Mamfe for the priestly ordination of Rev Bro Jacob Ketchen Tambe into the Hospitaller Order of St John of God. The ordination was conducted by His Lordship Dr Andrew Fuanya NKEA, bishop of Mamfe Diocese. In attendance were Bro Andre Sene (Secretary General) representative of the Prior General, Provincial Superior of St Augustine Bro Bartholomew Kamara, Vice Provincial of St Richard Pampuri Bro Boniface Sambieni, Bro Paulinus Kisam(Provincial Secretary), Bro Peter Dawoh from Liberia, Elisabeth Alexandre Lyttle from UK, Fr Raphael Ngong Teh and many Hospitaller Brothers, priests, religious Men and Women, government dignitaries, traditional leaders and many lay faithful both far and near.
The great occasion started at 10:00am with a solemn procession from the Parish house to the church led by the parish Choir. In his welcome speech, the Parish Priest Fr. Paul Dinyuy welcome all present and gave a brief history of the hospital that is clocking 50 years leading to the vocation of Bro Jacob Ketchen Tambe into the hospitaller Order of St John of God. He finally encouraged many more vocations in the Order.
The Bishop made his homily emphasising on the responsibility of priesthood in church which is that of service to the people of God. That the priest has to dedicate himself to the service of God by baptising, conducting marriages, caring for the sick, celebrating masses etc. That Bro Jacob Tambe remains a member of the hospitaller order and can be sent by his superiors on mission.
The Christian population of Nguti present crowned the occasion with traditional dances. The celebration ended with the launching of the fiftieth anniversary celebration. Bro Jacob Ketchen Tambe celebrated his first mass on Sunday 19th November that was attended by many people of all works of life. Fr Peter Paul delivered a powerful sermon for the day emphasising on the role of women in the modern society.