…Parleys with Awka Diocesan Laity Council on 3rd Interactive Session
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has said that priests of the diocese currently work as missionaries in many other archdiocese and dioceses that were in need of priests in all parts of the world.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this at the 3rd Annual Interactive Session of the Catholic bishop with the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Awka Diocese (CLCNAD) at St Mark’s Parish, Abagana, on July 28, 2018, noted that Awka Catholic Diocese had the highest number of priests in Africa and the world.
The Catholic prelate, who responded to the question asked by the APGA aspirant for Aguata Federal Constituency Election, 2019, Engr. Dom Okafor, KSM, said there were shortage of priests in many countries, especially Europe and America.
According to him, many Awka Diocesan indigenous Catholic priests were on mission in many countries which include Chad, Cameroun, South Africa, Mali, Germany and United States of America, as well as in Abakaliki, Lagos and other Catholic archdioceses and dioceses in Nigeria.
The bishop, who also emphasized the importance of proper formation of human person, urged teachers to attach strict importance to their teaching vocation, so as to give children the necessary proper formation they needed to be responsible in future.
He flayed teachers, who neglected topics they would teach the children during normal school hours, just to pocket the extra pay in the guise of extra-mural classes. This was even as he maintained that every child has concentration level, saying that once a particular child exceeded his concentration level, any other thing he is being taught in the classroom was no longer meaningful to him.