…As Bishop Ezeokafor Confirms Over 100 Students
By Chioma Ndife
To actualize its intention of erecting a chapel to aid its students build a closer relationship with God and an auditorium for multipurpose activities within the College, the Management of Rosary College, Nise, Awka South LGA, Anambra State, has organized a fundraising to enable it to provide the needed facilities within the Catholic owned citadel of academic excellence.
The fundraising was held on Sunday, October 24, at the College premises during the 2021 feast day celebration and the pastoral visit of the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. PaulinusEzeokafor, who during the visit, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on about 105 deserving students.
Fides gathered that the fundraising came on the heels of the passionate appeal which the Management, alongside its staff and students, had made to public spirited individuals, benefactors and parents, to assist the College to actualize its urgent needs of erecting a chapel for worship and an auditorium for multipurpose activities.
Speaking at the visit, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. PaulinusEzeokafor, underscored the importance of government intervention to mission owned schools, noting that such was required for efficient and effective functioning of schools.
He maintained that solar energy, computers and landscaping, were essential necessitates in any academic environment as they promoted effective teaching and learning.
Earlier in his homily centered on ‘Light’, Bishop Ezeokafor, who narrated the story of blind Bartimaeus, said that blindness existed in physical, intellectual and spiritual realm, saying that spiritual light was very important in the life of every Christian who aspired to live a worthy life.
He noted that lack of faith led to spiritual blindness. He charged the newly confirmed to mind the kind of company they kept as some were capable of quenching their light and advised the students to focus on their studies which was their top priority of being in the school.
He also commended the school Management and staff for their diligence and method of administration, urging them to continue. He called on the Anambra State Government and affluent individuals to support the school in structure, academics and morals.
Speaking to Fides, the School Manager, Rev. Fr. Martin Ekee, thanked God for the success of the event, saying that the feast was organized to celebrate the Mother of Christ, Lady of the Rosary, and patron of the College whose assistance had been visible.
He expressed optimism that the fundraising which was held alongside the feast would provide the needed funds to assist the College to embark on the chapel and auditorium projects. He appreciated all the individuals that graced the occasion and prayed God to reward them in abundance. He advised the students to learn from the various activities played out at the feast and look up to the Blessed Virgin Mary whose assistance, he said, could never be undermined.
For his part, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Patrick ChukwudiAdilo, commended the administration of the College for the effective upbringing which they gave the girl child and noted that girl child education was beneficial. He charged the students to keep doing the work of God from infancy as such was required for a better tomorrow, noting that students from the College should be exemplary to others outside
Contributing, one of the school patrons, Mr. Hyacinth Nwosu, appreciated the efforts of the school Management for making the academic environment conductive and regretted that the federal government’s intervention was concentrated only in unity schools, noting that other schools required support to function effectively. He described the Sacrament of Confirmation administered on some students as a morale booster.