By Cynthia Igbokwe
It is was a moment of joy for Nibo Catholic Community as they celebrated three of her children who were recently inducted into the Catholic priesthood and sisterhood.
The Catholic Community comprises two Catholic parishes in Nibo, St Joseph and St Theresa’s.
St Theresa’s, being the Mother Parish, was last Sunday filled to the brim in celebration of her 13th indigenous Catholic priest and the welcoming of professed Rev. Sisters .
Fides gathered that Rev. Fr Christian Tochukwu Enetanya was ordained a priest by the Archdiocese of Benin, while Sr Maris Stella Nwezi, Final Professed Sr of Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation (DMMM), and Sr MaryPauline Ekenedlilchukwu Mbonu, final professed Sr of Divine Mercy.
Delivering the homily, Parish Priest, St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Nibo, Rev Fr Sylvester Dunu, reminded the newly ordained clergy and the female religious that they were principally called by God to work for him, and through them shall the blessings of God flow to people.
He exhorted them to always consult and express gratitude at the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, and never to relent in their obligations as selected people called upon by God
Fr Dunu also said that the relationship between the laity and priests was a two way process.
‘While the priests are praying for the Laity, they will in turn support them with advice, prayers and in cash too.
Further, Fr Dunu charged the newly ordained priest to always marry his Mass box, and also reminded the sisters to keep to their covenant as brides of Christ.
In separate interviews with the newly ordained priest and rev sisters, they remained grateful to God for choosing them amongst several of their mates who were not able to make it to the final stage.
The high point of the event was the presentation of a car gift to the newly ordained priest and cash gifts to the Rev. Sisters.
In his closing remarks, the chairman, Ordination Committee, Mr. Charles Okeke, appreciated all those who supported in one way or the other in making it a successful event.