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73 years old Priest celebrates golden jubilee of Solemn Profession.

Rev Fr Emilio Calcena

Rev Father Emilio Calcena has been celebrating the golden jubilee of his Solemn Profession into the Piarist Order. Celebrations that have been taking different forms including special Masses got to its climax Saturday December 9, 2017 in Futru Nkwen when Rev Fr Akem Evaristus Ndi Sch. P. Provincial Superior of the Piarist Fathers for Central African officially in a Pontifical High Mass handed over a gift with Papal Blessings to the golden Jubilee celebrant. In a word of appreciation to Father Emilio and another Piarist Priest Rev Father Angel Valenzuela Sch. P. who is celebrating his Golden Jubilee as a Priest, the Provincial Superior described them as pillars of the Religious Order in Cameroon. “we are gather here to celebrate the 50years of fidelity to God of Fr Emilio and Fr Angel….on behalf of the province I will like to extend our deepest gratitude to Fr Angel and Emilio these two pillars of our mission not only in Cameroon in Futru in particular who did not only say yes to this Calasanzian dream but courageously embraced the missionary call to Africa and precisely in Futru. Fr Angel arrived in 1987 and formed part of the first Piarist Fathers to have arrived in Cameroon and Fr. Emilio arrived in 1994. Dear Fathers, you have been and continue to be a source of treasure, a pearl and a precious gift to our Province. Your deep religious commitment, your passion for the Piarist ministry, your fraternal availability and your well-focused spiritual life remain for us and the young ones a source of inspiration.” While adding over a gift with Papal Blessing on behalf of the Province, Rev Fr Akem prayed God to continuously care for the priests. 

According to Theresia Taminang President of the Parish Pastoral Council for Futru Parish, Fr. Emilio is a special breed with the ability to master the names of all his Christian at the time he served in Futru. Fr. Angel on his part the President said is celebrated for his attachment to children a typical characteristic of the founder of the Piarist Order Saint Joseph Calalsanz.
Speaking earlier the General Superior of the Piarist Fathers the Very Rev Fr. Pedro Aguado Cuesta, Sch.P. encouraged other members of the Order to see the Golden Jubilee Celebrants as a source of inspiration and motivation.

Addressing the many who joined in the celebration, Fr. Emilio Calcena Sch. P said his life has been all about the Piarist way of life. While appreciating all those who have accompanied him in the journey, the 73 years old Priest looking younger, happier and stronger advised both his brothers in the Order and couples that the secret to staying longer in your particular vocation is fidelity. 

Solemnly professed in Washington DC on the 30 of September, 1967, Rev Fr. Emilio who received his gift and that of Fr. Angel who is currently under medical care out of the country has served for 23years in Cameroon and currently based in Kumbo; Romajiah specifically where the Piarist have another community.


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