After 3 years of Dedication, St. Paul’s Ugwuoba Welcomes Bishop Ezeokafor at Pastoral Visit

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By Uche Enem

In what would be described as a fun filled celebration, the Catholic Community of St. Paul’s Ugwuoba, Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State, on Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 troope out en mass to receive the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most. Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, who was on a pastoral visit to the parish after three years of the church’s dedication.

At the reception, the bishop, friends and well wishers were welcomed to the parish. In the parish welcome address read by Mrs. Angela Nwabisi, the parish shared her success and challenging stories. The Parish thanked Chief F.N.C Nwandison and his family members for building the parish rectory. The Parish, thanked Fr. Lawrence Nwankwo for his efforts in ensuring the growth of the church and for his aesthetics and efforts in the parish. The Parish also thanked Fr Peter Afoenyem for his great assistance in the parish especially in the school where he exhibited so much effort.

Special thanks went to Bishop Peter Okpaleke, Frs. Francis Chidume, Michael Muonwe, Anthony Ezeokeke and Polycarp Ezeokeke. In a special way, the parish, thanked the family of Adrian and Gloria Kramer for building a model school. Also, the parish appreciate the Education Secretary of Nimo Region, Fr. Felix Efobi, whose assistance to the parish has been overwhelming. The address also thanked the Principal of the school, Monica Umeh for her extreme magnanimity and sacrifices to the school.

The address also thanked the family of Nze Okammuta for supporting the school with 500,000 for the salary payment of NYSC members and the likes of Barr. Edwin Nnake, Maria (Gus n us), Ave Maira Okonkwo, Fr. Collins Okeke, Prince Sylvanus Nnedum

The Bishop commended the progress in the church and charged them to participate actively in the church’s activities. He thanked the America families especially Adrian and Gloria Kramer for their great love for charity to the church and encouraged members of Ugwuoba community to emulate such character. He thanked the Priests, Parish Council and all those who have supported in many ways, adding that every leader must have the interest of the people and work towards taking care of them.

Earlier in the mass, he reminded them of the importance of school apostolate and encouraged them to place all hands on deck for the growth and edification of the church. In line with the Christmas Season, the bishop urged them to prepare for Christ’s Coming and to worship God with all sincerity and concern.

During the appreciation, the Umualu Community appreciated the Bishop and thanked Chief Nwadison for his charity to the church. They eulogized the efforts of Fr. Lawrence Nwankwo and praised him for his diligence, patience and passion for development.

Delivering the vote of thanks, Fr. Efobi, thanked the Bishop for finding time to visit the parish and the community. He thanked sponsors and friends of the parish for their sincere efforts in giving the church a new face. He thanked the Parish priest, Fr. Nwankwo, for his sense of administration, development and innovation in the parish. He thanked the Parish Council, who made it possible to attain the peak of the event. He thanked special friends and well wishers of the church and prayed that God blesses them.

Other highlights of the event include dance, choreography, welcome song and other presentation which coloured the event.

Bishop Ezeokafor addresses St. Paul’s Ugwuoba Catholic Community at the reception. Flanked by his right is Chief F.N.C Nwandison, the man who built St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Ugwuoba

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