Double Landmark: Bishop Onah Ordains 15 Priests as He marks his Birthday.

by Alphonsus Ogili .

The number of priests in the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka increased by 15 on August 18, 2018 as the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah elevated 15 vibrant deacons to priests in an ordination mass that equally marked his birthday anniversary mass.

Bishopn Onah enjoined the new priests to be good and trusted shepherds, serving God willingly and genuinely. He maintained that the Eucharistic offering was founded on the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross and enjoined the lay faithful to always be thankful to God for their faith in the Eucharist. According to Bishop Onah, priests are consecrated in God’s truth to proclaim that truth in his name. He therefore made it clear to the newly ordained priests that the people of God who are now entrusted unto their care are the flock redeemed with Christ’s blood and urged them to shepherd them willingly and not out of love for money.

Father Bishop happily thanked the families of the people of God from whom the new priests emerged for nurturing and accompanying their journey but made it clear to them that God has taken that which rightly belongs to him.

The Local Ordinary reminded the new clerics that they must witness difficult situations in their priestly vocation but enjoined them to be ready to live like Christ by entirely and unreservedly offering themselves along with Christ on the cross for them to be able to redeem his people with him. Bishop Onah finally gave a fatherly admonition to the newest priests in the diocese by urging them not to hold back anything from Christ, stressing that that would lead to their downfall.

“Offer everything to him and do not struggle with him. You can only swim in his waters if you allow him to hold your hand rather than struggle when you are drowning. The devil is not happy with you that you would be bringing lost souls back to Christ. “Give God your hand, give Christ your heart and do not struggle with him especially when the waters become turbulent. Allow him to lead you and teach you how to swim across the turbulent waters”, the Ordaining Prelate added.

The new priests are Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nnadi of St. Anthony’s Parish, Ogbodu-Aba; Rev. Fr. Thomas Onuh of St. Mary, Enugu-Ezike; Rev. Fr. Jude Eze of St. James, Owerre Eze-Orba; Rev. Fr. Desmond Ogbonna of St. Patrick, Uda; Rev. Fr. Christian Ugwuoke of St. Paul, Ehalumona; Rev. Fr. John-Martins Nnamani of Mother of Christ, Ukehe and Rev. Fr. Kenneth Eze of St. Paul, Obukpa. Others included Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Ezugwu of St. John’s Parish, Ihe-Owerre; Rev. Fr. Paulinus Ezema of St. Paul, Edem-Ani; Rev. Fr. Bonaventure Ngwoke of Holy Redeemer, Nru; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ngwu of St. Peter, Ukehe; Rev. Fr. Isaiah Okoro of Sacred Heart Nkpologu; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Eze of St. Martin De Porres, Obollo-Eke; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Onah of Immaaculate Heart, Ehalumona and Rev. Fr. Michael Mamah of St. Paul’s Parish, Umuopu.


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