. . . As St. Charles Parish, Achina Leads Again with Highest Number of Cows at Second Regional Cathedraticum
By Amaka Olua
Following the several ongoing projects in Awka Diocese, the Catholic faithful of Achina Region has re-solidified their commitment towards assisting the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor alongside his auxiliary, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye in the completion of the projects.
The regional faithful showed their commitment through the support which they gave to the Diocesan projects on Monday, April 15, 2019 during the second Regional Cathedraticum of Achina Region.
The Cathedraticum which was a period specifically designed for the catholic faithful to give support to their diocesan bishop was held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Achina, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, the Regional Headquarters for Achina Region.
The massive support from Achina Region came in form of impressive gifts of cows which were pegged N50, 000 each alongside other gifts items by the entire parishes and institutions of the region in demonstration of their faith and in solidarity to the bishops.
At the well-attended event, St Charles Parish, Achina, took the lead with 40 cows while St Paul’s Parish Akpo, came second position with 25 cows. St Michael’s Parish, Nkpologwu and St Mary’s parish, Achina with 22 cows each clinched the third position.
The Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor during the celebration blessed the oil of the sick, oil of catechumen and consecrated Chrism oil of chrism. The celebration was an opportunity for the priests to renew their priestly vows.
Speaking at the occasion, Bishop Ezeokafor commended the priests, religious and laity of the region for their impressive show of solidarity to the diocese and prayed for God’s blessings on all. He commended Hon Carter Umeh for his contribution and encouraged him to continue with the good work. He admonished some politicians who only came to church functions only when they were seeking for particular positions to desist from such and develop good Christian attitudes.
Bishop Ezeokafor advised the faithful to pray for peace and harmony in Nigeria. This was even as he charged them to be steadfast in prayers and live lives worthy of emulation. He urged parents to nurture their children in the ways of God, saying that so many youths were going astray due to the carelessness of their parents. He advised them to watch out for the activities of their children. Bishop Ezeokafor, who was visibly joyous over what he described as a unique show of support by the faithful of the region to the diocesan projects notwithstanding the hard time.
On his part, the Episcopal Vicar and Chairman of Achina Region, Very Rev Fr. Jerry Okeke, thanked the Bishop Ezeokafor for his love for the faithful of the region and commended the priests and faithful of the region for their unrelenting support. He appreciated Hon Carter Umeh for honoring their invitation and prayed that next year’s Cathedraticum would be better than this year’s own. He appreciated the planning committee for their tireless efforts towards the preparation of the 2019 Cathedraticum.
Also speaking, the member representing Aguata 1 consistency, Hon Carter Umeh, thanked Bishop Ezeokafor for his prayers and encouragement. He appreciated all who supported him during the election period and promised to contribute effectively towards the diocesan projects.
In an address of welcome, the Secretary of Achina Region, Mrs. Anulika Ezekwueme, thanked the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor for the creation of the Achina Region, saying it lessened the stress and inconvenience of going to Ekwulobia for the celebration, saying they now celebrate it in St Charles, the regional Headquarters. She stated that the region was blessed with men and women of great repute which made it easy for them to achieve their goals. She advised the youths to be disciplined in all they do, describing them as the leaders of tomorrow. She urged them to attend all religious programmes organized in their parishes which would help strengthen their faith in God. She charged them to live a life worthy of emulation and advised the parents to be a role model to their family and neighbours.