… Bishop Ezeokafor Visits, Confirms 200 Candidates, Blesses and Commissions Major Projects
By Chiagolum Omeje
St. Theresa’s Secondary School, Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka LGA, Anambra State, last Sunday, August 27, celebrated the 20 Years Anniversary of its establishment amid thanksgiving to God.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor, led in the Anniversary Mass which coincided with his pastoral visit to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Enugwu-Ukwu, and administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on over 200 faithful.
Speaking at the event, Bishop Ezeokafor, who had the Education Secretary of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Maximus Okonkwo; Bursar of the diocese, Rev Fr Nichodemus Izechukwu; Fides Media Director, Rev. Fr. Dr. Robert Anagboso; and other priests and religious on his entourage, thanked God for what he described as the visible growth of the twenty years old St. Theresa’s Secondary School, Enugwu-Ukwu.
During his homily, the Catholic prelate called on the Catholic faithful to live a life that portrayed Christ, saying that confessing the knowledge of Christ was not enough as most faithful lived a life far from their confessions.
He also stressed the importance of education in society, saying that it was the best investment humans could venture into and urged teachers to strive hard to put in their best in their calling, as they were entrusted with the responsibility of impacting positive and academic morals on students.
The Bishop, while praying that the visit would bring the people of Enugwu-Ukwu closer to God and keep them away from neo-paganism, urged the newly confirmed candidates to be good ambassadors of Christ and to always strive to live a life worthy of their calling.
He reminded the candidates that they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit and were now called to live a life of holiness and service. He urged them to be strong in their faith and to always be ready to share the love of Christ with others.
The Bishop urged everyone, especially those in diaspora, to give stable support to the parish priest and manager of the school; who, he said, had been outstanding in infrastructural development, for the speedy completion of the ongoing projects. He explained that it was also the obligation of parishioners in diaspora to support the growth of their home parish.
The Bishop also appreciated in a special way, the family of Late Mr. Simon Amanchukwu Okeke for what he called their benevolence and thoughtfulness to immortalize their father’s memory by erecting a memorial edifice in his honour.
In his remarks, the Manager of St. Theresa’s Secondary School, Enugwu-Ukwu, Rev Fr John Paul Chukwulobe, attributed the growth of the school to the love of God, through the help and intercession of Holy Mother Mary.
Fr. Chukwuelobe who welcomed the Bishop, also thanked the Okekes for gift of the Simon Amanchukwu Okeke Memorial Science Building.
Speaking to Fides shortly after the Mass, Rev. Fr. Jude Uba, Parish Priest St. Theresa’s Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, while applauding the Bishop for his visit, thanked everyone that graced the occasion.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Ejike Okafor, (Amulunamma) ably represented by Prof. Paschal Oguno, congratulated the school on its 20th anniversary and thanked the Bishop for his support and encouragement.
The event was attended by a large crowd of priests, religious, parishioners, students, teachers, and well-wishers.
Among those who attended the event were, Chief Ejike Okafor, (Amulunamma), represented by Prof. Paschal Oguno; Chairman of the occasion; Engr. Vincent Ikechukwu Okeke, (Nkonadi); Chief Ikenna Okafor, (Ide Akwaeze); Hon Ferdinard Dozie Nwankwo; Chief Victor Nwankwo, (Ofianawfia); Chief Thomas Okonkwo, (Akuenwebe); HRM Igwe Sir Ralph Obumnemeh Ekpeh, Eze Enugwu Ukwu na Igwe Umunri; Nze Onyeka Okafor, (Ugogbuzuo), Chief Osita Okafor, (Igweze).
Highlights of the event were blessing, hand-over and commissioning of Simon Amanchukwu Okeke Memorial Science Building, foundation stone laying and fund raising of the twin hostel complex, launch of the 5th Edition of the Limelight Magazine. Dance presentations and presentation of awards of honour to some parishioners and some guests.