By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
…Seeks Support for Development of Ekwulobia Diocese
The Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese, Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, has condemned what he described as evangelization and moral practice that are only played out in churches, saying that such do not promote human and spiritual growth.
Bishop Okpaleke, who stated this in his homily of the concelebrated Holy Mass for the 2020 Annual Chrism Mass of the diocese, at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Ekwulobia, Anambra State, on July 18, urged the people of God to be evangelisers in society.
He insisted that moral Instructions should go beyond the walls of the Church, and urged people of God to take evangelisation home, and live them out as leaders and members in their families and communities. According to him, practical grassroots evangelization and moral instruction were important for proper all-round development of every individual.
The bishop, who outlined grassroots evangelization and sustained catechesis through collaborative ministry as some of the focus of the new Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, called for collaboration on their part of all to make that achievable.
He observed that the so many problems in marriages and the many marriage cases in the tribunal were often due to lack of grounded family catechesis, and charged all on practical moral living. This was even as he urged the traditional rulers, the president generals and other leaders, to attach importance to moral instructions while carrying out their leadership positions for positive growth and development.
The bishop, who further based his reflections on the First Reading of the Chrism Mass (Isaiah 61:1-3. 6. -9), urged all to live out the spirit of God in them, which he said they received at baptism, and became chosen people of God as illustrated in I Peter 2:9 of the Holy Bible
He prayed for the renewed spirit of God in the life of all the people of God so as to make them better individuals.
Meanwhile, Bishop Okpaleke, who is the first bishop of the new Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), has again solicited for support from all for the growth and development of the diocese.
The Catholic prelate, who also made the call at the cathedraticum, said the diocese needed lands for her retreat and pastoral centre, and other structural developments. He appealed on all who had lands which the diocese could utilize for possible development, to support the new CADEK with their donations.
Bishop Okpaleke, however advised against occasions where land donors would insist on what the diocese would build on lands they donates, noting that what to build on any land or any town, would be decided by the diocese.