Priestly Ordination of Deacons

Priests are the chosen one of God whom God filled with his grace and spirit. They are the ministers of the sacraments in the Church. Priests are the mediators between God and Man.
On 24th June 2021 the universal church celebrates the feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist. This feast brought countless joys to the Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province Pakistan in the form of three new priests namely Fr. Pervez Simon OP, Fr. Adil Ambrose OP and Fr. Aftab Joseph OP. Fr. Pervez belongs to Chak 91, Jagatpur, Faisalabad, Fr. Adil belongs to Chak 4/6-L RahamPur Okara whereas Fr. Aftab belongs to Chak 424 JB, Gojra. Three of them our very committed and talented and have good will to use their talents for the betterment of the Ibn-e-Mariam Vice Province.
In this joyful occasion many priests, sisters and brothers from all over the diocese participated and encouraged the new priest for their future ministries. By the imposition of the Hands and Prayer of Ordination by His Excellency Bishop Dr. Indrias Rehmet (Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Faisalabad) the sacrament of the Holy Order was conferred to them.
The ceremony of the Ordination was held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Warispura, Faisalabad along with the Eucharistic Celebration. Bishop Indrias Rehmet in his Homily while addressing to these brothers advised them in the following words, “For many years you have been under formation now the time has come to give you the responsibility of priesthood. My dear brothers this is not any ordinary responsibility rather it is very challenging and demanding. Our Heavenly Father called you out of his love to sanctify his people through the sacraments. Always keep in front of you the example of Jesus Christ our high priest who is model for all priests. ”
After the Eucharistic celebration Very. Rev. Fr. Younas Shahzad OP congratulated the whole Dominican family for the gift of three new priests in the Dominican priestly fraternity. He also thanked their parents, formattors, teachers and spiritual directors who helped them in their formation. He also thanked all those who helped in the preparation of this historical ceremony such as Fr. Patrick Peter OP who arranged the whole liturgy, Fr. Pascal Paulus OP (the Parish Priest) who welcomed all the guests and arranged festive food for all the guest. The choir in this ceremony was led by the Dominicans Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena and Dominican brothers of the house of Ibn-e-Mariam House of studies, Lahore. Expressing his views Fr. Younas spoke about their assignment said that Fr. Adil will go to Rome for studies along with Fr. Perkash whereas Fr. Pervez will continue assisting in St. Dominic Convent Higher Secondary School Bahawalpur and Fr. Aftab will continue assisting Fr. Iftikhar in St. Dominic Parish Bahawalpur.
At the end Fr. Pervez representing the newly ordained his companions expressed his vote of thanks said, that first of all we thanked Heavenly Father who found us worthy to be his priests. He also thanked his Excellency for his availability and for ordaining them to be priests of Jesus Christ. He also thanked Fr. Younas Shahzad OP (Prior Vice Provincial) and his council for accepting them.
At the end Fr. Younas Shahzad OP wish them good luck for the future ministry and assure the prayers and best wishes to them.