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The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called on parents, friends and supporters of the Awka Diocese-owned Tansi International College, Awka (TICA), to donate towards the building of a befitting chapel for the worship of God in the College, reports Ifeoma Ezenyilimba.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who gave the call in his homily of the concelebrated Holy Mass to mark the 2022 Annual Feast/Parents’ Day celebration of TICA, last Saturday, January 22, described a befitting chapel as a very pressing need for the 22 years old College.
According to the bishop, Tansi International College needed a befitting chapel that would match the standard of the beautiful Reverend Fathers’ Rectory, Administrative and Academic Blocks of the College.
‘A beautiful environment makes a difference. A befitting chapel with the Blessed Sacrament is very necessary in our Diocese-owned College. I appeal to parents, benefactors and friends of the school to help the school build a befitting chapel which would be for God’s worship and also contribute to better moral formation of the children,’ Bishop Ezeokafor stated.
He solicited for stable support from all to the college to ensure better growth of the College and the students, such that in future the school would produce leaders who would contribute to a better society.
He thanked the Management and the teachers for their efforts, and urged them not to rest on their oars.
Pointing out the need for human beings to be given proper training, the bishop urged the teachers to put in more effort in their duties as formators of the children.
Addressing the teachers the bishop said, ‘Teaching is not just a profession, but a vocation and a call. As teachers, do your best and make more sacrifices and give the students the necessary formation to enable them to be responsible individuals in future. See the students you teach as your children and give them the best of formation, despite the fact that you do not receive much pay.’
He continued, ‘The sources of income for mission schools are very lean but we will do our best to try and give you the pay that will help you take care of your basic needs. Do your best and live up to the demands of your teaching vocation.
The education-friendly bishop who emphasized the importance of discipline, encouraged the students to be disciplined and open to learning so as to excel. He advised the students to also pay attention to vocational skills, so as to be job creators in future and succeed in future.
Pointing out that proper formation of the children took place at the nursery, primary and secondary school stages, the Catholic prelate also charged parents and guardians to lay strong foundations that would produce a better future for their children. He noted that Catholic teachings would enable such strong foundations to wax stronger.
The bishop, who regretted that most parents did not have time for their children, admonished them to change their action, lest their children went astray.
‘You will gain a lot when your children are disciplined and connected to the teachings of the Church. Make out time for the children and ensure they get discipline, spiritual formation, quality education and solid foundation which are prerequisites for every child to be a balanced personality,’ Bishop Ezeokafor exhorted parents.
The Catholic prelate equally advised youths to keep away from bad companies and bad habits, saying that being addicted to hard drugs, such as mkpurummiri and marijuana, were detrimental to both their life and future.
In his remarks, the Principal, Tansi International College, Awka, Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, said the chapel project which had gotten the bishop’s approval would kick off soon.
The principal, who assured that the Management was ready for the job, urged all to support the project for its speedy completion.