By Mercy Hill
On the feast day of St. Stephen, 26th December 2019, Rev. Fr. John Chidi Obasi marked his priestly silver jubilee at his home parish at St. Mathias Catholic Church, Agulu.
Rev. Fr. Obasi, who recently celebrated his silver jubilee at his diocese in Abakaliki, commemorated it again in grand style as people from far and near came to share in his joy.
He was born to the family of the late Mr. Alphonsus Nwoye Obasi and Mrs Theresa Obasi, on March 7, 1968 in Umuowelle, Agulu. He was ordained in 1994 by the then bishop of Abakaliki Diocese.
Fides learnt that Fr. Obasi is a man of multiple skills, a seasoned teacher, prolific writer, and charismatic leader who had many published and unpublished works to his credit.
Speaking on the matyrdom of a silver jubilarian, Rev. Fr. Martin Anusi, explained that people often understood martyrdom as physical death or killing of a Christian, forgetting that it was much deeper than that. Christian martyrdom, he noted, involved imitating God daily, and reflecting his characteristics.
He went further to explain that Fr. John Chidi Obasi had constantly, notwithstanding human frailty, been martyred in the course of his 25 years in the priesthood through total sacrifice of his time, wealth, and opportunities for others.
He recounted his experience in Abakaliki during the silver jubilee celebration where people bore witness to his Christian lifestyle.
Describing a priest as a shepherd, Fr. Anusi, extolled the jubilarian as a true shepherd living out his martyrdom in priesthood, noting that one cannot be a true shepherd without being a martyr. A priest, he said, died to many things like time and self.
He however advised Christians to emulate those attributes and apply them to their day to day life.
It will be recalled that during his silver jubilee celebration at Abakaliki, Fr. John Chidi Obasi, while speaking to Fides, noted that God’s love and grace had been his source of sustenance throughout his priestly vocation.
The priest, who said he was very happy over his 25th priestly anniversary, observed that his trust in God had filled him with the grace with which he disposed himself to the priestly assignments he was given. He thanked God for his love, gift of life and success of the anniversary celebration.
At the celebration at St. Mathias Catholic Church, Agulu, Fr Obasi thanked all who attended the event with their presence and those who had inspired him even from his early days.