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Jesuit from Burundi ordained in Taipei

TAIPEI (SE): A Jesuit deacon from the tiny African nation of Burundi, Reverend Ladislas Nsengiyumva, was ordained to the priesthood in Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 30, by Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, the archbishop of Taipei.

Father John Lee Hua SJ, the provincial of the Jesuit Chinese Province, joined in the ordination Mass and recommended him for priesthood.

“I was humbled by the presence and support of people from many nationalities and walks of life,” Father Nsengiyumva said on the day of his first Mass at the same church on the feast of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius Loyola, July 31, the newsletter of the Jesuits in Asia Pacific noted.

Born in Burundi, Father Nsengiyumva joined the Society of Jesus after studying medicine in Beijing. He did his novitiate at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Quezon City, The Philippines, and spent two years in Manila studying philosophy, before completing his theology studies in the Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine in New Taipei City.

He is currently finishing a licentiate in Sacred Theology majoring in Moral Theology and Bioethics at Boston College in the United States of America and will start his doctoral studies in biomedical ethics next year.

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