… Commends Igbodo Community For Embracing Christianity.
The Bishop of the Issele-Uku Diocese of the Catholic Communion, Most Rev Michael Odogwu Elue, has enjoined Christian Faithfuls to be more committed to serving God and to imbibe the virtues of truthfulness and humility at all times.
Bishop Elue who gave the charge today in a homely at St. Martins of Tour Catholic Church, Igbodo in Ika North East local government area, said children of God should not allow sins, envy, wickedness and other crimes to continue to thrive in the society.
The Bishop who was on a pastoral visit to St. Martins of Tour Catholic Church, Igbodo, reminded Christians of the need to live exemplary lives and never ascribe the glory of God to themselves.
He said pride is a sin and urged all not to replace humility in their lives with humiliation, noting that anyone that wished to be in the good book of God must be truthful and humble, emphasizing those were the virtues that won the John the Baptist, whose feast Catholic faith all over the world celebrated this Sunday to the heart of Jesus Christ.
Most Rev. Elue commended Igbodo community for embracing Christianity and praised the effort of the Parish Priest of St. Martins of Tour Catholic Church, Igbodo, Rev Father Bernard Oleru for being a true representative of the catholic faith and in the development of the church in Igbodo.
The Parish Priest, Rev Father Bernard Oleru, MSP, said the pastoral visit of the Bishop Elue to Igbodo has further strengthened the people’s consciousness to worshiping God, assuring the Bishop of a more committed faithful to the service of God and humility.
The President-General of Igbodo Development Union Worldwide, Deacon Matthew Okwaje, a former Head of Service in the State, Sir Paul Evuarherhe, Dr. Martins Okonkwo of College of Education, Warri and Rev Fr Jude Iwedinor of St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Asaba, acknowledged the unrelenting efforts of the Catholic Priest in Igbodo to winning more souls for Christ, stating that his evangelical mission to Igbodo had brought countless blessings to the community.
Other indigenes of the Community, including, a retired Permanent Secretary in the State, Joseph Anyali, Mr Nedum Azikiwe, Mrs Mary Nkem-Nwaeke, Chris Ubani and Mr Chiedu Unomah commended the pastoral visit of the Bishop, stressing that it has further galvanized the community to the work of Christ.
The Bishop during the visit administered the sacrament of confirmation to one hundred and seventy faithfuls, coming after baptism and first holy communion, in line with the Catholic faith.
The ceremony also featured special thanksgiving, presentation of gifts to the bishop, cultural dances and other events put together to making the pastoral visit a memorable one.