The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus V.C. Onaga presided over the ordination ceremonies. He was assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi, Provincial Superior, Claretian Missionaries, East Nigeria, and a representative of his West Province counterpart, Rev. Fr. Matthias Ihionu.
In his sermon, Bishop Onaga said the current vocation book in Nigeria should not be taken for granted as Europe had had such boom before the decline.
Bishop Onaga said that law, medicine and priesthood are noble professions because of their degree of interaction with human beings and also with the supernatural, adding that. “priests by anointing of the Holy Spirit are held with a special character and they are compelled to Christ apprentice in such a way they can act in the person of Christ (impersom Christi)”.
Bishop Onaga went on to explain that priesthood just like the Church was not fashioned by the hand of man rather by the hand of God as Christ the eternal Son of God is the one who called the priesthood into existence. He charged them to live life of obedience, chastity and poverty and to teach what Christ tells them to teach and not what they think its right.
The prelate also advised them to be very studious, so as to become masters and teachers. “Holy Spirit can help us to preach but there is a limit to what the Holy Spirit can tell us. If the Holy Spirit knows you are making effort he will help and if you are not making effort the Holy Spirit will leave you”.