Bishop Onah meets with Ex-Seminarians

BLESSED IWENE TANSI MAJOR SEMINARY ONITSHA HOLDS HER 7TH CONVOCOTION CEREMONY On 20th day of March, 2021, history was made as the seminary as an affiliate to Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, held her 7th convocation ceremony. The seminary welcomed His Lordship, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka diocese who was the convocation prelate. She also welcomed in her midst, Rev Fr. Prof. Nicholas Akwanya, from the Faculty of Arts, University of Nigeria Nsukka, who was the convocation lecturer. The graduands who turned out en mass were also welcomed amidst jubilations from the students who were with them few months back.
The principal manifestation of the Church consists in the full, active participation of all God’s holy people in the same liturgical celebrations, especially in the same Eucharist, in one prayer, at one altar, at which the bishop presides, surrounded by his presbyterate, deacons, and lay ministers (cf. S.C. 41). It is in this light that the seminary rejoiced in having the fullness of the priesthood, in the person of Bishop Godfrey Onah, the Bishop of Nsukka diocese, presiding over the Eucharistic celebration and surrounded by the college of priests, deacons and lay ministers. The Holy Mass was that of the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit.
In his homily, the Bishop taught that there are two spirits: the Spirit of God and the spirit of evil. Both spirits are opposed to each other to the extent that wherever you find one you equally find the other. Recounting the account of the temptations of Jesus Christ, His Lordship taught that Jesus wasn’t alone in the wilderness. Jesus was filled with the Spirit of God and at the same time, the spirit of the evil one was there to tempt him. “As people desiring for the ministerial priesthood, by the virtue of our ordination, we receive the Holy Spirit that will empower us and direct us in the priestly ministry. But at the same time, we are always accompanied by the spirit of the evil one who is constantly tempting us to go against the will of the Spirit of God. We are thus called to be careful on which spirit that we listen to.” The bishop said.
Prof. Akwanya, in his paper, “Modern Christianity in Nigeria and Thwarting of the Christian Habits of Thought” showed the way in which the habits of thought and sensibilities traditionally associated with Catholic Christianity are being turned on their head because of failures in the filtering processes that the philosophical and theological education received by these clergy should have provided.
It was indeed a thing of joy especially considering the global health challenges surrounding this period.
On the result of the 2020 Bachelor of Theology, a total number of 77 candidates sat for the said examinations. The analysis of their result is as follows:
Bene Probatus (3rd class) none
Cum laude Probatus (2nd class lower division) 15
Magna Cum Laude Probatus (2nd class upper division) 49
Summa Cum Laude Probatus (1st class) 13
The valedictorian was Rev. Fr. Kizito Chukwuma Ezeaniekwe of Onitsha Archdiocese.

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