…Charges them to remain focused
The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma on Saturday, August 28, 2021 raised eight young men to the order of priesthood after their rigorous training. The event which took place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu was attended by the immediate families of the ordianands, friends and well wishers from all walks of life.
In his homily at the Mass, Most Rev Ukwuoma noted that the eight men, after their training, and with the recommendations from the people of Christ, were found worthy to be raised to the order of priesthood and charged with the responsibility of spreading the word of God, salvation of souls and bringing hope to the hopeless and oppressed. He noted that priests are also human beings, who come from families and were nurtured like others, had their formal education before developing the interest to becoming a priest.
According to him, by their ordination as priests, they stand out as a different set of person in the society. i
“Priesthood calls for sacrifice not comfort. A priest must always be identified by his appearance anywhere he is”. Bishop Ukwuoma reminded both the new and old priests that God called them for a purpose and therefore they must desist from going after material things that could derail their morals. He further warned the immediate families not to subject them to undue pressures to enable them concentrate on the work they are called to do.
The prelate commended their families for giving them out to serve God as well as their formators in the seminaries where they attended for their guidance during the course of their training. He gave kudos to the members of the Vocation Interest Promoters (VIPA), an association formed in the diocese to help in the training of priests, both financially and other forms of support. Our correspondent, Francis Udechi, report that the newly ordained priests held a brief reception at the Cathedral premises after their ordination. They are expected to commence village Masses in their home parishes, while waiting for their postings.