Seven Priests and Two Deacons Ordained for Claretians East Nigeria Province

Seven Priests and Two Deacons Ordained for Claretians East Nigeria Province

Ordaining six priests and two deacons at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish Area ‘A’ New Owerri, Imo State, on 10 July 2021, Most Rev. Ernest Obodo, the Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese encouraged the ordinands to be ministers with the mindset of Christ.

Today that you are ordained priests, you have to be those with a changed mindset. A mindset like Christ who though he was God humbled himself to become a servant.”

Reflecting on the Gospel text Matthew 9:35-38, Bishop Obodo said: “there are so many priests, but the Lord is looking for labourers not businessmen; there are many clerics, but the Lord is looking for harvesters because the labourers are few”.

In a time when the vocation to the priesthood is being questioned, the prelate reminded the ordinands that they are called by the Lord through the Church to minister in the peripheries of the world. The vocation is not just a function but a call by God to be obedient, prayerful, and compassionate.

While addressing the deacons, the bishop reminded them that among the many functions of a deacon, they should remember that they are called to be servants of others.

He appreciated the goodwill of the lay-faithful, he however beckoned on them to pray and take care of their priests.

The six new priests ordained by the Bishop Obodo are: Rev. Frs. Patrick Kenechukwu Adisionu, Jude Ikechukwu Akujuobi, Peter Claver Onyekachi Amaku, Raphael Chinwuba Chiaha, Emmanuel Terhile Igba, Maxwell Chigozie Nnonyelum, CMFF. The new deacons are: Rev. Jude Chidube Nwachukwu and Martin Ugochukwu Ogbuokiri, CMF.

In another ordination on the same day at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, Anambra State, Rev. Sylvester Chukwudi Omelukam, CMF, along with eighteen others, was ordained a priest by Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, the Archbishop of Onitsha.