Studium Theologicum Salesianum
Salesian Pontifical University : Faculty of Theology - Jerusalem Campus

Deacon ATINDAANA Cletus, M.Afr.


30 May 2017, STS Jerusalem
MULENGA Richard Mwenya, m.afr.

On the 30th May 2017, at 09:00, Deacon Cletus ATINDAANA defended his synthesis after four years of theological studies in the STS. The theme of his synthesis is, “’My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work” (John 4:34). Jesus Christ’s obedience to doing the will of his Father was accomplished through his public ministry and consummated in the paschal mystery, the sign of which is the Eucharist. The true disciple of Christ seeking the way to eternal life is called to Eucharistic discipleship in the Church.” The panel of examiners comprised of Rev. Dr. Biju MICHAEL the principal of the STS, Rev. Dr. Willam RUSSELL the tutor and Fr. Eric WYCKOFF the reader. After the words of welcome and introduction from the principal, Deacon Cletus opened the session with an inspiring prayer. Thereafter, he gave a well thought summary of the three chapters of his synthesis. He pointed out the fact that, his synthesis was inspired by his reception of baptism as an adult. In his own words as written in the introduction of his synthesis he stated that, “Convinced of these matters, this Theological Synthesis is a simple exposition of my faith fervently seeking to understand the person and work of Jesus Christ, in a bid to know him more, to love him better, to follow him more closely and to proclaim him faithfully and boldly to the world.”

Upon completing the summary of the three chapters of his synthesis, his tutor asked a pastoral related question on how the lay faithful and married people are related to priests and what the priests can learn from them. To these questions he responded enthusiastically by quoting St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians which teaches about the members of one body with various duties. Later on his reader gave an objective and positive appreciation of the synthesis and asked the Deacon on how the synthesis would be useful in his missionary life as a member of a Missionary Society. To this question, the Deacon answered making reference to the particular call of each congregation in the church through their charism and spirituality. Lastly, Fr. Biju Michael sdb pointed out some interesting parts of the work and invited the Deacon to highlight on terms such as Eucharistic discipleship. After a short recess, the Bachelor of Theology defence panel met and awarded deacon ATINDAANA Cletus, M.Afr. with the Bachelor of Theology degree. Deacon Cletus is expected to be ordained to the Order of the Presbyterate on 26th of August 2017 in Ghana. 

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