Yesterday I had a unique opportunity to see and feel how it may look like next year when I will be celebrating my silver jubilee of priestly ordination. My sisters, Denise and Thomas, frater William and the chairman of the parish lay council, together with myself - drove to Kigera-Etuma village, some 20 km beyond Musoma, in Nyegina parish, to the home village of Father Godfried Maruru, a priest of Diocese of Musoma and my friend, who celebrated yesterday his silver jubilee of priesthood...
It was a very nice occasion, very well prepared, everything in place. With bishop present and some sixteen priests concelebrating, it was a wonderful jubilee Mass, artistic performances, speeches and food for everyone.
We brought a gift for Father Godfried. Our parochial community gave him a fantastic cow, worth 400,000/- as a token of our appreciation for a long time pastoral service he has been rendering to us whenever I leave the parish for holidays, fund raising trips and when I am sick.
I took my camera with me, knowing that social events like these bring lots of good photo opportunities. I was not mistaken. Took some 800+ pictures, out of which 312 remainder after post-production process. There was noone else taking pictures, so I was happy to do this and promised Father Godfreid to make a nice photo album and also a slideshows in the format of mp4 movie, which I did already.
A few pictures of small resolution I uploaded to my Facebook albums section. The jubilee pictures album is here. Karibu! And while watching the pictures, please say a prayer for our jubilearian, Fr. Godfried Maruru. Please, pray for me also, that I may be granted this fantastic day of my own - celebrating my silver jubilee in April 2013 here in Kiabakari, then on the very day of the ordination in Kraków, on May 22, in Wawel cathedral. God bless us all!