01 Jan 2018 10:30am
ONGWEDIVA, 01 JAN (NAMPA) Hundreds of people on Sunday gathered at the Ongwediva Roman Catholic Church to join Father Werner Afunde in celebrating his 25 years in the priesthood.
Ongwediva mayor, Angelina Angula and Afundes former colleague in the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) and retired reverend of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia, Onesmus Shanyengange, were among those who attended the celebration.
The service celebrated the feast of the holy family and during the homily, Afunde said good families are built on mutual respect, obedience, patience and love.
He went on to say preaching is his passion and he owes his success in the priesthood to the belief he has in himself and in God, who chose him for this purpose.
Shanyengange, who also delivered a speech during the ceremony, said Afunde is a generous, compassionate and considerate man.
Afunde loves sharing with others and he does to others what he wants others to do to him. He is a real man of God, he said.
Afunde studied towards a degree in theology from 1989 to 1992 and became the first black priest to be ordained in the Okatana Pastoral Region on 12 December 1992.
He joined the NDF in 1996 where he trained as a soldier and later became a chaplain in the military and in 1997 Afunde became Lieutenant Colonel, a title he holds to date.
In January 2005, Afunde became Vicar General of the Diocese of Windhoek and in 2007 he left the NDF to assist Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, who is the head of that diocese.
Between 2007 and 2016 Afunde wrote six books, including a book on chaplaincy. He also served in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia in 2006.