It was indeed a joyful and remarkable day for the diocese of Nnewi as the new bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese ordains seventeen new priests.
Like the psalmist, the entire lay clergy and lay faithful of Nnewi Diocese rejoices and congratulates the candidates as they reach a landmark in their lives as they were ontologically transformed yesterday.
The Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia, Most Rev. Dr. Peter Ebere Okpaleke on 10th October, 2020 at St. JohnCross Catholic Church, Nnewi ordained Seventeen (17) Deacons as priests of Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, having completed their 16 years of studies and rigorous formation.
This auspicious event began with the Holy Mass which is a mass of thanksgiving, in which the bishop after thanking for all his benevolence and the gift of priesthood, presented the candidates before God on the altar.
In his homily, he admonished the ordinands to be men of God, men for God and men for the people while imitating Christ himself, the Good Shepherd and the Chief High Priest.
Going further, he prayed that their work will lessen the burden of Most Rev. Hilary Odili Okeke, as the Chief Shepherd of Catholic Diocese of Nnewi in bringing succour and good life to the people of God.
He warned them against the spirit of false arrival and charged them to be committed and diligent in discharging their pastoral responsibility which will in turn bring glory and honour to God and happiness and salvation to all.
He urged them to be imitators of Christ who is quite selfless and compassionate. He begged them to live a life of transparency and accountability as these will go a long way to say much about them.
In conclusion, the bishop expressed his satisfaction an see gratitude to all present and especially the families of the candidates for making them available for the service of the gospel and pray the good Lord to bless all of them.
Meanwhile, today the new ordained priests celebrate their first mass in their various home parishes which is customary, that after the ordination, the newly ordained celebrate their first mass of thanksgiving to show gratitude to God for what he has done in their lives.