Former SU Lecturer, Cecil Agutu, Among 29 Ordained in Rome


Cecil Otieno Agutu, a former lecturer at Strathmore University, was among twenty-nine individuals who received priestly ordination from Bishop Paul Toshihiro Sakai, auxiliary Bishop of Osaka-Takamatsu, Japan. The ceremony took place in the Basilica of Saint Eugene, Rome, on May 25th, 2024. Agutu, who was a lecturer of Development Studies at Strathmore University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, embarked on his theological studies at the University of Navarra in 2017, thanks to a scholarship from the CARF Foundation.

During the homily, Bishop Sakai emphasized the essence of priesthood as a life of service to others: “Starting tomorrow, you will begin the path of becoming not what you want to be, but what those around you want you to be.” He urged the new priests to embody the spirit of Opus Dei’s founder, Saint Josemaría Escrivá, who cherished the donkey as a symbol of humility and service. Each new priest received a small origami donkey, crafted by Bishop
Sakai during his trip to Rome.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei and the Chancellor of Strathmore University, expressed his gratitude and affection to the new priests and their families. “Today you have experienced God’s closeness in a special way. The priesthood is a great gift for you and for the whole Church, and it encourages us to put into practice what Saint Josemaría recommended: to live in continual thanksgiving to God,” said Monsignor Ocáriz.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Fr. Cecil Agutu and wish him God’s abundant blessings as he embarks on this new path of service.

Article written by Stephen Wakhu

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