Ordination of 2019

by Matthew O. Eze .

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah has said that why self-acclaimed prophets are on the increase in Nigeria is because Catholic Priest have abandoned their family visitation function to focus on building of physical projects for the Church.

The Bishop said this in his homily at St. John's Parish, Ihe Owerre Nsukka, during the priestly ordination of 16 Deacons which took place on the 17th of August, 2019.

Bishop Onah charged the new priests to gird up their loins for the enormous task of evangelism lying ahead of them, stressing that their ordination was a strong call to take the message of salvation as prescribed by Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

He noted that priesthood is not like other professions which anyone can get without following due process, while maintaining that the newly ordained priests are chosen by God in his mercy and not just because they have satisfied the prerequisites in the journey to priesthood.

Bishop Onah urged the new priests to always maintain a good relationship with the members of the Church since they (Priests) are the mediators between God and his people. He further reminded them that the work of a priest is not an easy task but with God and the prayers of the people, they will succeed. He made it clear to the new priests that their accomplished journey to priesthood is not by their power or act of righteousness but by the grace of God, urging them to embrace the teachings of Christ and live according to his standards as they are now bonafide representatives of Christ on earth. Bishop Onah, who used the opportunity to remind the priests of the favour, love and mercy of God in their lives, also urged them to imbibe the virtue of selflessness throughout their priestly vocation.

The Prelate commended parents, guardians, friends and well-wishers of the new priests for their moral and financial support, urging them to always remember them in their prayers.

Meanwhile, the enormous joy written on the faces of the newly ordained priests simply revealed it was a day they had been waiting for just as the receptions of the event was characterized by spasms of laughter and demonstrations with glee.

The newly ordained priests are Rev. Fr. Anthony Odoh from St. Patrick's Parish, Ohom-orba; Rev. Fr. Charles Obule from St. Michael's Parish, Ugbabe, Obollo-Afor; Rev. Fr. Christian Odo from St. Mary's Parish, Umundu; Rev. Fr. Cyril Ozioko from St. Peter's Parish, Echara; Rev. Fr. Teclus Ugwueze from All Saints' Parish, Ezimo; Rev. Fr. Kelvin Asogwa from St. Michael's Parish, Edem; Rev. Fr. Maxwell Eji from St. Anthony Parish, Umu-Alor and Rev. Fr. Joachim Eze from Mother of Christ Parish, ukwaji.

Others include Rev. Fr. Denis Alumona from St. Theresa's parish, Owerre-Obukpa; Rev. Fr. Matthew Eya from St. Anthony's Parish, Ugbaike; Rev. Fr. Celestine Odo from St. James' Parish, Igogoro; Rev. Fr. Anthony Adani from St. Thomas Parish, Ohodo; Rev. Fr. Sydney Attamah from St. John's Parish, Ihe-Owerre; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ndu from St. Michael's Parish, Imilike-Agu; Rev. Fr. Francis Umeh from St. Thomas Parish, Abo, Ehamufu and Rev. Fr. Kevin Ndubisi from St. Peter's Parish, Ohulo, Obollo-Afor.


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