By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
In demonstration of what he described as a true show of love on Valentine, the Parish Priest of St Francis’ Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, Rev Fr Peter Val Uzoezie, last Monday, February 14, celebrated the 2022 Annual Feast of his patron saint, Valentine, with the donation of some cash and monetary gifts to about 20 needy members of his parish.
This was even as he also announced a one year scholarship award to a granddaughter of one of the needy women who was said to have been taking good care of her blind grandmother, Mrs Victoria Muo.
According to the parish priest, the scholarship was to appreciate the young girl, Miss Chikamso Nwude, who, he said, paid special attention in taking care of her blind grandmother.
‘It is rare to see young girls who would take care of their old mothers in such ailing condition as Mrs Muo. I chose to pay her school fees for one year so as to appreciate the young girl,’ he said.
Rev Fr Uzoezie, who also feasted with his other parishioners, his brother priests and other individuals for the annual celebration, described putting smiles on the faces of people as the true celebration of Valentine.
The Catholic priest berated those who attached romantic meaning to Valentine celebration and charged all to go out of their ways and give out gifts to others, especially the needy among them, and by so doing, put smiles on their faces.
Rev Fr Uzoezie, who is also the Chairman of Awka Catholic Diocese Priests’ Fraternity (ACDPF), prayed that the love which St Valentine was known for would radiate in the lives of all his parishioners and others, and remove the spirits of rancour and jealousy from all.
Fides gathered that some of the beneficiaries of Fr Uzoezie’s 2022 Valentine’s Day largesse included Mrs Maria Chukwurah; Mrs Victoria Muo; Mrs Catherine Nwilo; Mrs Bridget Amamlumilo; Mrs Helen Okanume and Mrs Maria Udenze.
Speaking to Fides, two of the beneficiaries, Mrs Maria Chukwurah and Mrs Maria Udenze, appreciated Fr Uzoezie for his gifts to them. They prayed for God’s continuous blessings and protection on him.
Some of other parishioners who spoke to Fides commended their parish priest, who they fondly identified as Ezeudo, for what they described as his commitment to the wellbeing of humanity.