UNN: Bishop Onah installs Blessed Sacrament at St. Peter's Chaplaincy

Father's House

By Victor O Ishiwu

It was cheers and jubilation by the Catholic Faithful of St. Peter's Chaplaincy, University of Nigeria Nsukka, in Nsukka Local Government Area, Enugu State on 29th July, 2017, following the installation of the Blessed Sacrament in the parish chapel and blessing of presbytery by the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah.

The Chaplaincy wore a colourful and cheery atmosphere as the pastoral visit was marked by jubilations and unquantifiable songs of praise to God by members of the Chaplaincy family and the entire university community who happily turned out en masse at the newly built priests residence to witness the epoch-making installation and blessing of the presbytery by Father Bishop.

On his arrival Father Bishop together with his personal secretary Fr. Ernest Makata and Fr. Marinius were taken around the Presbytery by the Chaplain of the Chaplaincy; Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Greg-Amuluche Nnamani and his assistant Rev. Fr. Vitus Ugwu

Prior to the blessing of the Presbytery, Bishop Onah thanked God for the successful completion of the newly built father' house, in his words 'we thank God for the successful completion of this project, the project of the residence of the priests serving the university community; it is a project that took a long time, some who participated in the building are no long with us, I remember in particularly Engr Nze may God accept him in His kingdom.

Father Bishop in the same vein thanked all those who worked tirelessly and dedicated their time, their resources and their professional knowledge to the realization of this project.

Appreciating the past administrators of the Chaplaincy, Bishop Onah noted that, without Msgr. Onoyima and his co-workers this project would not have started at all. We thank him for his dedication, perseverance and his life that I can compare with that of Blessed Michael Iwene Tansi, I thank all the priests, seminarians, religious men and women who have worked with him in the past and all the good people of this university community

Extending his appreciation to the current Chaplain of St. Peter's Chaplaincy Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Greg-Amuluche Nnamani, Father Bishop said, we thank him for his perseverance and carefulness of bringing out the beauty and functionality of the residence. He equally thanked all the priests who have worked with him and other pastoral collaborators; and the administrators of the university community.

Delivering a homily during the celebration of the Holy Mass that marked the beginning of the installation ceremony, Bishop Onah, who was accompanied by no fewer than 6 Rev. Frs. remarked that the day's service is symbolic because it was specially aimed at showing respect for the Holy Eucharist.

He said: "God can manifest himself and he can reveal himself; he can manifest himself through natural objects and phenomena. St. Paul and even the book of wisdom tell us that only a foolish man after seeing the order in the universe does not accept that there is an intelligent being, the creator behind this order." Paul further tells us that when we see the order in the universe we should be able to perceive in that order the manifestation of the wisdom that altered that universe.

Still on the sermon, Father Bishop continued: in the Old Testament God revealed himself to Moses, He spoke to Moses; self revelation of God is through communication, through something that the person being communicated will understand but to the rest of the people, He manifested His presence through the clouds, fire, thunder and earthquakes. Bishop Onah further noted that as Paul tells us "that in the fullness of time, God eventually decided to reveal Himself in such a complete way as to live us with no doubt about what He really want us to understand about Himself and about ourselves.

"Today is an invitation for all of us to prepare" continued Father Bishop; Before you say your prayers recollect yourself, prepare yourself, and be ready to encounter God. But above all we should know, understand and believe in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. We should remember that "God is everywhere but as God made man, He is at the right hand of God the Father in heaven and then in the Holy Eucharist."

Father Bishop further noted that there is no much need for Catholics to travel far and wide in search of God in the desert while God is really present in the Blessed Sacrament installed in various parish chapels and some dedicated Catholic Churches across the nation.

Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Greg-Amuluche Nnamani - the Chaplain of UNN Chaplaincy, in a vote of thanks, expressed happiness for the peaceful installation/ blessing of Chaplaincy presbytery and was grateful to God and Bishop Onah for the visit, praying God to bless all who contributed to the success of the occasion.

Towards the end of the installation ceremony, a grand reception was held for Bishop Onah and others that came to celebrate and rejoice with the chaplaincy. During this period, refreshments and dances by various cultural troops were used to spice up the event.

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