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Encomiums as Fr Egbeonu marks priestly silver jubilee



“I thank you Lord for wonders of my being. For the times  I have not lived up to your expectations, Lord grant pardon and for the times I have lifted your name higher through good works, take all the glories and grant that this second batch of my stewardship may concentrate in drawing more souls closer to yourself in a manner that defiles human imaginations.”

  These are prayers from Rev Fr Longinus Uchenna Egbeonu as he celebrated 25 years (Silver Jubilee) in the Lord’s vineyard as a priest.

  The event held at his parish, St Michael’s Catholic Church, Umueze-Uga in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State was indeed great, as people of God came en mass to glorify the Lord.

  In his homily, Rev Fr Dr John Umeojiakor described Fr Egbeonu as an active priest who has served 25 years in               

the Lords vineyard with the ups and downs in his life, and is still alive today as a priest, waxing strong.

  He said that he is ‘Egbeonu’ indeed as he is a very good orator.

Fr Umeojiakor continued by saying that priesthood is not easy even as he called on people to respect priests.

 “When you see a priest, remember that he has chosen spiritual way of life. Receive every priest with joy and respect because of whom he serves. Pray for priests”, he said.

On his part, the Parish Priest of Immaculate Heart Parish, Uga and the dean of Uga Deanery, Rev Fr Dr Chukwuma Ofojebe stated that Fr Egbeonu answered God’s call with all his heart. He thanked God for his 25 years as a priest and prayed for more grace in the years ahead and make heaven with his congregation at last.

  In the welcome address presented by St Michael’s Parish Pastoral Council, it was indicated that Fr Egbeonu has done a massive job in their parish under one year.

  Among other things, it stated that he erected bore hole which is a source of drinking water to the community now, put Solar Panel in the parish, those that were lagging behind started attending church again because of Fr Egbeonu’s efforts.

  Chairman of the event, Victor Ezeonwumelu praised Fr Egbeonu for his good works. He said: “He is an evangelist per excellence. He has a call to preach. He will be a champion in his chosen profession, that’s my prayer for him.”

  On their parts, Linus and Nicholas Egbeonu from Ibughubu Umuchu, in their different interviews, thanked God who made everything possible, and expressed their happiness for being alive with good health to witness the silver jubilee of their brother priest.

  Raphael Ndubuisi, Catechist (rtd) from St Clement Parish Umuogem Ufuma had these to say: “Fr Egbeonu is a man of the people. He did a great job by establishing a school in our parish.He is the founder of New Generation International School, Ufuma. It will be well with him. I wish him long life and prosperity.”

  William Nzeakor from All Saints Parish, Awgbu, the chairman of Awgbu Deanery CMO regretted that the silver jubilee of Fr Egbeonu would have been done in their parish, if not for the creation of Ekwulobia Diocese.

  He wished Fr Egbeonu well and prayed that God who called  him  to the alter will give him long life.

  Gregory Muoneme  and Mrs Victoria Ibeneme from St Patrick’s Agulu also testified Fr Egbeonu’s good deeds while in their parish.

  Highlights of the event include cultural dances from many parishes Fr Egbeonu served as a priest.

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