By Anthony A Akin-Omolafe
The Catholic Diocese of Awka on Wednesday, 15 June 2022, at Archbishop A. k. Obiefuna Retreat, Pastoral, and Conference Centre, Awka, held her diocesan theological seminar, with the Bishop, His Lordship, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, and other priests in the Diocese, in attendance.
The two-paper seminar which focused on the theological, canonical, pastoral, legal and pedagogical considerations of Christian marriage and the essentiality of social media in the Church, started around 10am.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Hilary Odilichukwu BenEzenwa, Judicial Vicar, Catholic Diocese of Awka, while presenting the first paper titled, “Basic Considerations Preparatory to Christian Marriage: Theological, Canonical, Pastoral, Legal, and Pedagogical Synthesis”, explained various considerable factors that should be well observed by the Church in uniting couples, ranging from the initial forms or expression of interest by the parties, immediate preparations – Catechetical Instruction and medical certifications of sustainability to receive the sacrament, legal requirements – form C and Form E and then the Liturgical Ceremony proper.
At the end of the first paper, Rev. Fr. Francis Chidume, Pro Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Awka, gave a response to the paper.
Presenting the second paper titled: “New media in the premises of Theology”, is Rev. Fr. Dr. Martin Anusi, Director, Fides Media, Awka. He pointed out the characteristics of the new media and explained the essentiality of the media while identifying various ways which the communication media could be of help to the world of theology and the Church at large.
‘Modern Communication has become a need and necessity if the Church and her message are to realize her mission to evangelize,’ Rev. Fr. Dr. Martin Anusi opined, while concluding his paper.
Rev Fr. Kenneth Kenechukwu Okafor responded to the second paper, presented by Rev. Fr. Dr. Martin Anusi.
The three-hour long programme ended with a midday prayer and a final blessing by the Bishop.