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On March 29, 2008 in the Cathedral of Nkongsamba, nine dehonians and diocesans were being ordained some as priests and others as deacons. Among the Dehonian priests was a young man, Rev. Fr. Charles Aimé Koudjou.

Presently, Fr. Charles already has 10 years of priesthood. God granted him the grace to celebrate his 10th anniversary of priestly ordination on the 10th of April 2018 in Dehon’s Formation House Bamenda, a community which he leads as superior since 2015. By 5pm, the guests were already gathered; we could distinguish among them priests, consecrated men and women, community’s friends and neighbors, and also the Governor of the Northwest Region and his wife.

The mass started at 5:30pm in the community’s chapel and was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Charles himself and concelebrated by 8 other priests, dehonian confreres and invited priests. During his homily Fr. Charles recounted to the people present, some funny stories of his childhood desire to be a priest, and he emphasized on two phrases which he chosed as motto for his priesthood: “How great is your name, o Lord our God through all the earth” Ps. 8:2 and “To love is to give everything and to give oneself” St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. For him, the occasion was a great opportunity to thank God for the marvelous deeds and graces in his life, for the life of all those who accompanied him in the footsteps of God. The mass was well prepared and animated by the religious scholastics of the community.

During this mass, a special word was given by Rev. Fr. Wilfrid Zibi the elder of the community who encouraged Fr. Charles in his work as priest and formator, and also by Fr. Charles to thank the guests who came to share his joy.

After the thanksgiving mass, we continued the feast with a special supper offered by the community of Dehon’s Formation House. The meal was accompanied with an anniversary cake and two champagnes to honor Fr. Charles’ ten years of priesthood.

It was 8pm when the closing prayer was said by Fr. Gaston and the guests made their way home in joy and thanksgiving. They were all amazed and we could all notice that the joy of Easter was still dwelling in their hearts.

Idriss Duhamel Fotié, scj