Adazi-Enu Catholic Community Receives 25th, 26th Indigenous Priests

…Honours Silver Jubilarian Rev Sisters

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

Adazi-Enu Catholic Community, last Sunday, October 10, held a grand reception in honour of her two new priests, Rev Fr Patrick Kenechukwu Adisionu, CMF; and Rev Fr Ekene Oliver Ezedigwe, who were ordained as the 25th and the 26th indigenous Catholic priests of the community, respectively.

The event, held at St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Enu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, doubled with a reception in honour of two indigenous reverend sisters of the town, Sr Mary Josephine Ojukwu, DDL; and Sr Joycelyn Marriette Ezeugo, DMMM, who this year celebrated the 25 Years Anniversary of their religious profession into the Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) Congregation and the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM) Congregation, respectively.

Fides gathered that the two new priests were ordained on July 10, 2021. Rev Fr Adisionu was ordained for the Cordis Mariae Filli (CMF) Congregation, i.e. Sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary Congregation at St Anthony Mary Claretina Parish, Owerri. While Rev Fr Ezedigwe was ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, at St Theresa’s Cathedral, Abakaliki.

A former Vice President, Nigerian Conference of Women Religious, Abakaliki Area, 2017-2019, Sr Josephine Ojukwu, DDL, made her First Religious Profession of vows into the Daughters of Divine Love Congregation on September 21, 1996, and made her final vows on August 30, 2003.

Sr Dr Jocelyn Ezeudo, a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist based in Abuja, made her First Religious Profession of vows into the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation on September 24, 1996, and made her final vows on May 24, 2003.

Leading in their concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass, Rev Fr Ekene Ezedigwe thanked God for his grace and sustenance on him and his brother priest, Fr Adisionu, throughout the course of their formation to Catholic priesthood. He equally thanked God for his grace and sustenance on the silver jubilarians.

In his homily, the parish priest of St Patrick’s Parish, Adazi-Enu, Rev Fr Emma Achuke, described a priest as a mediator between God and man and another Christ whose duty was to lead the people to God and administer the sacraments on the people of God.

Pointing out that it was the duty of the laity to support their priests and religious, Fr Achuke urged the people of Adazi-Enu to ensure they supported their indigenous priests and religious, who, he said, sacrificed themselves for the mission, and through such support make heaven in the end.

The homilist congratulated the silver Jubilarians for what he described as the twenty-five years of suffering, sacrifice and resilience, which they celebrated.

Adazi-Enu Catholic Community, in an address signed by the Chairman, Central Pastoral Council, Rev Fr Peter Chikelue; parish priest, St Patrick’s Adazi-Enu, Rev Fr Emma Achuke and Secretary, Organising Committee, Hon Emma Okpalanweeze, congratulated the new priests and the religious for disposing themselves to the grace of God.

The community appreciated the family of Adisionu for the donation of a new car for one of the two new priests and thanked the entire members of the community for their support, which, they said, made the event a success.