Bro. Eugene Mwape Mule Ordained to Diaconate

Photos and Information Provided by Fr. Jose Antonio Ponce, OMI , Superior, Bl. Mario Borzaga Formation Community

Bro. Eugene Mwape, OMI posed next to a statue of the Founder

Ordinarily, an ordination of an Oblate to the Diaconate or to the Priesthood is a gala event attended by hundreds of family members, friends, well-wishers and Oblates, but in the time of Covid-19, everything changes and ordinations are no exception. It is nevertheless, an occasion for joy and gratitude. A small, but “mighty” celebration took place on Saturday April 25, 2020 when Bro. Eugene Mwape Mule, OMI was ordained to the Diaconate at Borzaga Formation Community.

Fr. Antonio Ponce, OMI, Superior of the Community explained it thus: “We had planned a public celebration, but because of the COVID-19 situation, we ended up having the ordination at a private celebration in the chapel of the formation house. Only ordaining Bishop Michael Pfeifer OMI, Vicar provincial, Fr. Art Flores, and Fr. Billy Morell attended.”

As you will see in the following photos provided by Fr. Ponce, the celebration, though intimate, will live in Bro. Eugene’s mind and heart forever.  A native of Zambia, Bro. Eugene’s priestly ordination is expected to take place in his home country at a later date.

After Mass: (L-R) Bro Lazaro Angel Leal, Bro. Eugene, Bishop Pfeifer, Bro. David Chisha

Posing with Bro Eugene are (L-to-R Vicar-provincial, Fr. Art Flores, Fr. Raymond Mwangala, Fr. Ron LaFramboise, Fr. Antonio Pnce, Bro Eugene, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, Fr. David Ullrich, Fr. Hector Kalaluka, Fr. Bill Morell