New Bishop of Nnewi Celebrates Thanksgiving Mass

By Adejumoke Alebiosu

Adazi-Nnukwu Catholic Community rejoiced as Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, Newly Installed Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, celebrated Mass at St Andrew’s Catholic Parish, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Fides recall that Adazi-Nnukwu is the hometown of the Bishop where the Holy Mass was held. The first church in the Catholic Diocese of Awka was full to the brim as people from different walks of life attended the Mass to celebrate with the new Bishop.

During the homily, Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpaleke, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of  Ekwulobia, assured the Bishop that he has no reason to fear.

‘Do not look back on your vocation. You have done well in the various areas of previous assignment. You have no reason to fear,’.

He urged the new bishop to avoid all lures of worldly attraction but to live a life worthy of God’s servant, life built on love, faith and humility. He also charged the members of the congregation to rely on God and not put their trust in man.

Bishop Okoye appreciated Bishop Okpaleke, Priests and the entire congregation for their support towards his installation. He also urged them to continue to support him and Nnewi Diocese.

In an Interview with Fides Media, when asked what his parting gift to Awka Diocese will be, he said ‘It is difficult to give a parting speech. Even in my Inaugural Speech, I referred to Awka Diocese as our diocese. It is only prayers I ask of them and my prayers are with them as well,’.

Adazi-Nnukwu Catholic Community, Vocational Association of Adazi-Nnukwu, Knights of the church and their Ladies among others presented gifts to the new Bishop.