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Bishop Okpaleke Ordains 6 Foundation Deacons for Ekwulobia Diocese

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

…Installs 8 Acolytes, 2 Lectors CADEK Presents First Liturgical Diary/Directory

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, at St Joseph’s Cathedral Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA, last Saturday, December 19, ordained six young men as foundation deacons of the nine-month old new CADEK.

It was on the occasion of the first Diaconal Ordination of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia.

The Catholic prelate also at the event installed eight seminarians as acolytes and two, as lectors.

Leading in the concelebrated ordination Mass, the Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese, Most Rev Okpaleke, in his homily, enjoined the newly ordained deacons to live up to the demands of their celibate vocation, as well as uphold the vows which they took.

Bishop Okpaleke enjoined the deacons, lectors and acolytes, to believe in the word of God which they preached, be true servants of God in all ramifications, and preach the word of God with conviction.

The Catholic prelate at the event, called on individuals, families and groups, to assist the diocese on the sponsorship of seminarians for priesthood, which, he said, was pegged at a minimum of N1.5m per candidate.

He equally solicited for support from all towards the planning of the one year anniversary of the creation of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, which, the bishop said, was fixed for March 5, 2021.

The foundation deacons were Pius  Egwu, St Patrick’s Parish, Umuchu; Kingsley  Ezenekwe, St Theresa’s  Parish, Oko; Bedemore  Ezeagu, St Flannan’s  Parish, Igbo-ukwu; Anthony Okoro, St Michael’s Parish, Uga; Stephen Chete, St Vincent’s Parish, Uga and Collins Ezeanuna, CM, Immaculate Heart Parish, Uga.

The Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia at the maiden ordination, presented her 2020/2021 Liturgical Diary/Directory.

Presenting the diary/directory, which was the first edition for the new diocese, the Chairman, Liturgical and Incultration Commission, Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (LIC-CADEK), Rev Fr Dr John Umeojiakor, said the document contained all the relevant information of the new diocese.

According to Rev Fr Umeojiakor, who is also Director, Special Duties, Peter University, Achina/Onneh, the directory contained the coat of arms, the vision and needs of the new CADEK on its cover and inside cover pages.

The Chairman, who is also the Chaplain, St Augustine’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, added that the diary also contained the yearly programme of the diocese, as well as the postings of the priests of CADEK, among other information.

Fides gathered that the diary/directory is  sold for N500 per copy, and can be obtained at the Liturgical and Incultration Commission Office, St Joseph’s Cathedral, Ekwulobia, and at any of the 82 parishes of CADEK.