|6/21/2013 8:17:00 AM|
African priests mark 25 years
Two Tanzanian priests, lifelong friends, both celebrate their 25-year ordination anniversaries this summer. Later this year, they will travel with members of their Oregon church communities for a second celebration in Tanzania.
In Seaside, Our Lady of Victory Parish members will throw a silver jubilee celebration after the 11 a.m. Mass, on Sunday, June 30, for their pastor, Father Nicholas Nilema.
A party for Father Joseph Barita is scheduled after the 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 30, at St. Birgitta Church in Northwest Portland. Father Barita is currently pastor at St. Frederic Church in St. Helens, but he served for many years at St. Birgitta.
Both men hail from the Apostolic Life Community of Priests, founded in Tanzania in 1974. Both attended the ALCP Seminary, located in Moshi, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Our Lady of Victory Church is at 120 Oceanway St., Seaside. St. Birgitta Church is at 11820 NW St. Helens Road, Portland.