By Chioma Ndife
As Catholic Faithful at Pope John Paul 11 Major Seminary, Okpuno, Anambra State on Sunday, October 21, 2018, joined their counterpart in the diocese and other parts of the world to mark the 2018 world Mission Sunday, the auxiliary bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye has call on seminarians to prepare their minds to serve the universal church in any part of the world.
He noted that it was important for the seminarians who are currently undergoing formation to prepare their minds and accept any assignment that would be assigned to them when they became priests, stating that disposition and open mindedness were part of the expectation required of a Catholic priest.
He said that adequate understanding of what it entailed to be a missionary was required by all faithful in a bid to propagate the gospel of Christ to the end of the world in accordance with God’s mandate.
He explained that World Mission Sunday was a day set aside by the Catholic Church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement and Mass celebrated exclusively for missionary activities.
In his word, ‘Today is world Mission Sunday and by the virtue of the sacrament of baptism we are all missionaries. There are people who are called to the ministerial priesthood, these people go on mission but every one of us must be part of this missionary mandate.
‘The mission is another chance for us as Christians to show love and solidarity to our family of faith. Through our prayers, we support missionaries everywhere in spreading the Good News. And by donating we respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.’
The Catholic prelate who solicited support for seminarians by the lay faithful, said that the financial aids which were received during the Mission Sunday collection were deployed to missionary work in various parts of the world it was needed. He disclosed that seminarians most often survived in the seminary through the various donations made by the good people of God and encouraged the people of God to remain steadfast.
He beckoned on fathers to become more committed in church activities like the mothers, saying that the Catholic Women’s Organization (CWO) through their food apostolate had been making seminary formation more affordable for those who had the intention of going into the ministerial priesthood as missionaries.