Catholic Men’s Organisation (CMO), Awka Diocese, has ended its 2022 Annual Retreat with a call on the members to live up to their roles as ideal heads and leaders of their various families.
The 3-day retreat which was held at Archbishop A.K. Obiefuna Retreat, Pastoral and Conference Centre, Okpuno, from March 4-6, 2022, was attended by about 200 members who were drawn from the 13 deaneries and 108 parishes that make up the Catholic Diocese of Awka. The participants also included the executive members of CMO, Awka Diocese. It had, “the role of fathers”, as its theme, with the priest in special residence at St Peter’s Parish, Nri, Rev Fr Cajethan Obiekezie, as the retreat moderator.
The moderator, Rev Fr Obiekezie, at the retreat, described fathers as the Pope of their respective families and urged them to live lives worthy of the name which they bore. He regretted that most Christians, especially Christian fathers, lacked rooted faith in Jesus Christ but instead trusted more in idolatry and other fetish practices.
The Catholic fathers at the retreat were also tasked on life of deep rooted faith in God, as well as proper formation of their children and life of total obedience to God.
‘As the father expects obedience from his children, so do God expect unquestionable obedience from the Catholic fathers. So the Catholic fathers, as parents, should do their best and give proper formation to their children. Fathers should be role models of good character for their children, the communique read.’
The organization, through the retreat, charged the Catholic fathers to always stand in defense of their Christian faith and not to keep mum when things went wrong in their families, parishes, deaneries and society.
The CMO in the communique advised fathers to ensure that decisions taken on issues were in consonance with their faith.
‘Fixing of social activities on Sundays should be opposed by members of Catholic Men’s Organizations. This is in order to protect the integrity of Sunday as a holy day of obligation. Catholics should not give expensive traditional marriages preference over and above the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. Instead, Church marriage should be given its pride of place. Husbands and wives should have and develop strong love for each other, the communique stated.’
In a chat with Fides one of the participants, Mr Gozie Joesammy Okeke, described the 3-day retreat as enriching, saying that he felt fulfilled after the spiritual exercise.
Many other participants who spoke to Fides said the theme of the retreat was very timely. They observed that the outcome of the retreat would go a long way to improve their families and society.