It was indeed a thanksgiving of amazing Grace and a great jubilation for the entire Orlu diocese as she ordains 7 Deacons to the priesthood, on Saturday 22nd August, 2020 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu by his Lordship Most Rev. T. A. ukwuoma, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese.
The 7 Deacons graduated from their various seminaries last year and were posted on an internship. Their rigorous seminary formation came to an end with them bagging two degrees which is a prerequisite for anyone who wants to become a Catholic priest.
The seminary formation is indeed rigorous, long and tasking in that it offers the individuals involved the opportunity to discern properly whether this is actually the type of life they want for themselves and that is why priesthood is for the matured minds and not for kids.
Among the 7 Deacons ordained yesterday into the presbyterate, 6 were from Orlu Diocese while 1 is from the vocationist congregation (SDV). The 7 Deacons include: Rev. Stanley Osigwe, Rev. Lazarus Onyemma, Rev. Kenneth Ijeoma, Rev. Mulumba Ikemezie, Rev. Chrystogonus Okonkwo, Rev. Casmir Nkemuke and Rev. Damian Amakodike(SDV).
They were ordained having fulfilled the requirements and having been testified by those placed in their care.
The event was indeed superlative as it began with the celebration of the solemn high mass with the bishop of Orlu Diocese as the prelate. Their were other dignitaries who were present for that occasion making it more worthwhile and quite exhilarating.
The bishop in his homily reminded the candidates of who they are and what they have been called to do which is the “salus animarum” (the salvation of souls), which is at the epicenter of what the Catholic Church teaches.
He warned them never to allow themselves to be lost in the wave of time but to model themselves to the example of Christ the Good Shepherd who knows the sheep and whose sheep hears and listens to. He warned them on the false sense of “I have arrived” which is killing most priests today and begged them to eradicate such evil mentality.
Going further, he stressed on the need for them to be prayerful and to devote themselves to the maternal care of our Lady mother of Christ and the mother of priests. He encouraged the people of God to always remember them in their prayers as the task they have undertook is never an easy one but that with their prayers and support they did be able to pull through.
By way of conclusion, the bishop made it quite clear that this day wouldn’t have been possible without the presence and support of the family members and he went on to thank the various families of the ordinands for fanning into flame the zeal and gifts in their children to become a Catholic priest. He prays the good Lord to bless them in all that they do.