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Ekwulobia Diocese Gets 8 New Deacons

…Presents 2022 Liturgical Diary/Directory

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

Eight new deacons were last Saturday, December 18, ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) by the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke. It was on the occasion of the 2021 Diaconal Ordination of the one year and nine months old CADEK.

The Catholic prelate at the event which was held at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA, equally installed two seminarians, acolytes, and four as lectors for the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia.

Leading in the concelebrated ordination and installation Mass, Most Rev Okpaleke in his homily, thanked God for the gift of the new deacons, noting that it signaled increased vocation.

He enjoined the ordinands to uphold the vows of obedience and chastity which they took, as well as live up to the demands of their vocation.

Pointing out that the deacons assisted in Holy Masses and other liturgical function, as well as proclaim the gospel, and the acolytes and lectors assist as mass ministers and in the proclamation of the word of God, the bishop enjoined the new deacons to believe what they preached and preach what they believed. He urged the acolytes and the lectors to carry out their duties as ideal ministers of God.

The new deacons were Rev Casmir Ezeike of St Anthony’s Parish, Nanka; Rev Jude Ebelendu of St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish, Ekwulobia; Rev Theophilus Okpala of St Charles Borromeo Parish, Achina and Rev JohnPaul Okechukwu of St Michael’s Parish, Igboukwu.

Others included Rev Fr Peter Nwobodo of Sacred Heart Parish, Akpugo; Rev John Uzoigwe of St John’s Parish, Umuomaku; Rev Johnbosco Amaogu of St Martin’s Parish, Igboukwu and Evaristus Nwankwo of St Michael’s Parish, Nanka,

Emmanuel Ohaegbu and Valentine Ejike were installed as acolytes, while Malachy Ezekafor, Boniface Nwokedi, Kingsley Obiejesi and Bartholomew Ogbonnaya were installed as lectors.

The Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia at the ordination, presented her 2021/2022 Liturgical Diary/Directory.

Presenting the diary/directory, which was the second 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 which included the yearly programme, names, contacts and postings of the priests, as well as parishes and institutions of CADEK, among others.

Fides reports that the diary/directory which is sold for N800 per copy, can be obtained at the Liturgical and Incultration Commission Office, St Joseph’s Cathedral, Ekwulobia, and at any of the 83 parishes of Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia.