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Cameroon:Bishop Nkuo celebrates 40 years of priestly ordination

The Bishop of the Diocese of Kumbo, Mgr George Nkuo has called on his flock to be peace-loving, truthful and…

The Bishop of the Diocese of Kumbo, Mgr George Nkuo has called on his flock to be peace-loving, truthful and seek the path to reconciliation in order to live harmoniously in their communities.

He made the call on Friday, May 7 as he celebrated his fortieth anniversary of priestly ordination in Kumbo.

Christians trooped in from all corners of the Diocese and the region, to celebrate the milestone with their shepherd but their occasion was almost spoiled by sporadic gunshots from armed separatists who were immediately repelled by Defence and Security forces who were well stationed to ensure the occasion goes on hitch free.

Overwhelmed by the love shown to him from the Christians, Bishop Nkuo called on them to transcend this love into their communities so that they may live peacefully as has always been the case in the past.

Mgr Nkuo, The Good Shepherd

Celebrating mass for this milestone, the Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Andrew Nkea Funaya described Mgr. George Nkuo as a good shepherd who has stood with his sheep in all these trying times marked by insecurity and the health crisis.

During his homily, His Grace Andrew Nkea said the figure 40 is mentioned 146 times in the Bible and symbolises test, faithfulness and maturity. He called on Bishop Nkuo to remain steadfast and continue trusting in God in his pastoral ministry.

Born on January 28, 1953 in Njinikom, Boyo Division, Mgr George Nkuo is a member of  the second batch of priests trained at the present day St Thomas Aquinas Major seminary in Bambui, was ordained priest on April 26, 1981.

He served at the Diocese of Buea for 25 years before he was appointed as the second Residential Bishop of the Diocese of Kumbo in 2006.  His reign has seen the number of priests in the diocese move up from 66 to 108 as well as the creation of several parishes and deaneries.

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