20 Mar 2016 14:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 20 MAR (NAMPA) A congregation on Saturday gathered at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) Centre at Ongwediva, Oshana Region to witness 29 priests receiving their diplomas and degrees.
The priests graduated after undergoing two or four years of theological training at the United Lutheran Theological Missionary (ULTS) Paulinum in Windhoek.
It was the 4th graduation of the ULTS Paulinum to be held in Ongwediva.
Principal of the ULTS Paulinum, Martin Ngodji told Nampa after the graduation ceremony that candidates were from ELCIN, Anglican Diocese of Namibia, Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) and the Namibia Defence Force (NDF)
Some graduates were from the Evangelical Church and His Peoples Church in Angola, and the Evangelical Church in Botswana.
Ngodji noted that 19 Namibian graduates received diplomas and six were awarded a Bachelor Degree in Theology.
The two candidates of the Evangelical Church in Botswana received diplomas, while the two Angolan candidates received a diploma and degree.
According to Ngodji, bachelor degree recipients are diploma holders already and, as such, they received a two-year training course.
The diploma candidates underwent a four-year-long theological training.
Delivering a keynote address, ELCINs bishop for the Western Diocese, Veikko Munyika encouraged graduates to put the theoretic knowledge they have acquired during their training into practice for the benefit of their target audience.
Munyika wants the new priests to be agents of change in the lives of the communities they would-be serving.
Presiding bishop of ELCIN, Shekutaamba Nambala also attended the graduation event.