Christ King Parish, Kohima village had ordained the third Angami priest of the parish, Reverend deacon Thejalhoulie Peter Solo on January 4, by Bishop of Kohima Rev. Dr. James Thoppil under the motto “Let your face shine on your servant” (Psalm 31:16).
Over fifty priests concelebrated with the Bishop in the solemn ceremony.
Bishop thanked the family and village for offering Fr. Peter for the service of God in the church. He exhorted the candidate to be humble, build close intimacy with Jesus through the celebration of the Eucharist and prayer. “A priest is called primarily with the Lord and then to send out. One’s being must precede one’s doing. All that you are and you have is God’s gift to you. Now make a gift of your life to God, full, whole, complete in freedom” he said.
Bishop also pointed out that Fr. Peter’s formation and learning began along with his ordinance. He further exhorted the new priest to stay in touch with the family and friends who could be source of strength in difficult moments of priestly ministry. Bishop urged the family members and the parish community to uphold deacon Peter Solo daily in their prayers.
During the programme, Deacon Thejalhoulie Peter Solo, dressed in the traditional Angami attire was brought in with the traditional tune to the Church. He was accompanied by his wife Kevilenuo Rita Solo and the eldest man of the clan Le-o Leo Solo along with the family members to the altar.
The programme was chaired by Rev. Fr. Solomon Vizo, a priest from the same parish while welcome address was delivered by parish priest, Rev. Fr. Peter Salew.
Deacon Thejalhoulie Peter, Solo, son of late Khrienei-o Peter Solo and Kevilenuo Rita Solo was born on September 7, 1982 at Kohima. He is the fourth child among five children, with two sisters and two brothers. After completing his 7th Standard from Christ King Higher Secondary School, Kohima village, he joined the seminary at Jalukie in the year 1997 and did his schooling at St. Xavier’s Hr. Sec. School, Jalukie, for his classes 11 & 12 (2000-2001) at Patkai Christian College, Spiritual orientation Course at Vianney Home, Assam (2002), graduation at Patkai Christian College, Dimapur (2003-2005), Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore (2006-2007), for regency at St. Xavier’s Parish, Meluri (2008), Post Graduation at St. Joseph’s College of Arts & Science, Bangalore (2009-2010) M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry) for Theology at Oriens Theological College, Shillong (2011-2016) Diaconate at Lakhuti.
In the felicitation programme there were special folk songs from male voice of the parish and from Catholic Women Association, speeches from the Bishop and Kezevilie Kevin Solo (family representatives).
Rev. Fr. Thejalhoulie Peter, Solo, newly ordained priest while thanking all said that he raised his heart and mind to God in gratitude for all the blessings that God has showered upon him through many people on his journey to vocation. He thanked God for the gift of ‘vocation to priesthood’ and for giving him the strength and courage to follow His call. Fr. Peter also urged people of God to pray for him.
Vilanuo Angela and Keneingu Albert translated the Bishop’s message, Ruovuotuonuo Ruth, anchored the felicitation programme.