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Catholic Diocese of Enugu ordains 28 priests

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IT WAS a historic and joyous day for the faithful of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Saturday, as 28 young men were ordained priests, the largest number in recent time.

The event which began with Pontifical High Mass at St. Paul’s Parish, Agbani, with four bishops in attendance-  Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. CVC Onaga, the Principal Celebrant, Most Rev. Ernest Obodo,

Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Okonkwo Gbuji, Bishop Emeritus of Enugu Diocese and the Catholic Bishop of Markudi Diocese, Benue State, Most Rev. Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe and a host of Priests from within and outside the diocese.

In the homily delivered by the auxiliary bishop, Most Rev. Ernest Obodo, Themed; “The harvest is rich but labourers few”,  the bishop charged them not to be afraid of the work ahead, saying that God strengthens whoever he calls.

He further urged the newly ordained priests to live up to expectations. According to him, priests are called for the service of the common people.

Speaking further, Bishop Obodo explained on why the priesthood of the church is reserved exclusively for men and dismissed the assertion that it is segregation against women by the church. “The church excludes women not as in segregation;

the priest represents Christ himself in his relationship to the church which is spousal in itself. It is like a relationship between husband and wife. The males represent Christ, the head and the church represents the bride”,

He advised those to be ordained to always pray and be of good conduct as the people expects almost perfection from their priests and also not to disobey the bishop.

He told them not to be afraid and be ready to face all manner of persecution, spite and difficulties because of being a priests especially in a world that now lacks respect of sacredness and also reminded them that priesthood is a gift and a vocation.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation and election of the elects and prostration of those to be ordained in front of the Altar and the invocation of the Saints to Pray for them through the chanting of the Litany of the Saints, swearing of oath of obedience to the bishop and the church and vesting of the newly ordained with the priestly robes.

Also present was The wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi and her Benue State counterpart, Mrs. Eunice Samuel Ortom, thousands of faithful, government officials, friends and well wishers.

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