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IT was a great day at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Okpo Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area as the Chapel of Divine Mercy and Consolations was dedicated to God.

The chapel was built and donated by Sir Jonathan and Lady Ngozi Ezeuchu.

In his homily, the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye. advised the congregation to be up and doing as life of Christians are moments of grace.

He also encouraged priests to be strong in their vocation, even as he admonished parents to be very careful with their children because it is the greatest work for them, from God.

The bishop also urged children and youths to be light for others to emulate them.

Bishop Okoye appreciated the benefactors, Sir and Lady Ezeuchu for their good works and efforts in the church which enabled them to build the chapel for the church.

He also encouraged worshipers to bring their problems to God in the chapel after dedication and expressed his thanks to St Anthony’s Parish and also reminded them that their reward is in this world as well as in heaven.

Sir Jonathan and Lady Ngozi Ezeuchu whose joy knew no bounds, explained that they have three reasons for building the chapel for God. He said; “the first reason is to give thanks to God because it is good to give him thanks, while the second reason is that St. Anthony’s parishioners are dedicated to God, so they need a chapel, and the third reason is the name of the chapel like the bishop said; it is to solve problems.

The parish priest, Rev. Fr. Longinus Egbonu on his part expressed his thanks to the Almighty God. He said; “it is by his grace, the Lord did it by himself, I don’t know how it happened. We need it; we have seen the effect and usage. So we prayed for it for 21days for God to give us one person and God answered our prayers.”

Lawrence Annie Ezeokafor , first vice chairman parish council thanked God and prayed for Ezeuchu family even as Mr. Francis Ibeachusim who is the Catechist of St. Anthony’s Parish; an indigenous sister, Rev. Sr Theregrace Unegbu; Sir Vitus Ezechukwu (KSJI) also expressed their joy to God as well as Ezeuchu family.

In a vote of thanks, the benefactors expressed thanks to Almighty God for giving them the grace and opportunity to participate in the work of evangelization.

He also appreciated His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus C. Ezeokafor and Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye, for accepting to come and bless the chapel, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Longinus Egbonu among many others.

High point of the event included handing over of the chapel’s keys to the bishop.

 

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