...As Awka Diocesan Theology Three Seminarian Wins Highest Award
By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, on Saturday, 10 November, 2018, visited Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, in Onitsha North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Bishop Ezeokafor during the visit presided over the Opening Mass for the 2018/2019 Academic Year.
In his homily, Bishop Ezeokafor asked the seminarians to let the seminary pass through them and to be good examples to society, as well as imitate St. Leo the Great whom, he said, stood by the Church, noting that the knowledge garnered would not be quantified.
He thanked the formators for the good training they gave to the seminarians, urging them to continue in that direction, adding that the Universal Church was out to train individuals that would be useful to themselves, family, Church and society at large.
Earlier in a remark, the Rector of the Seminary, Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dim, thanked the bishop for making out time to be with them and for his fatherly love and support to the seminary.
The Rector thanked Governor Obiano for his support to the seminary and also Archbishop Valerian Okeke; Bishop Okolo and Bishop Geoffrey Onah of Nsukka Diocese.
He announced that the seminarians from Awka Diocese were the best among other seminarians, both in academic exercise and conduct, even as he urged the bishop to continue with his visit.
Speaking on their challenges, Rev. Fr. Dim appealed to public spirited individuals to come to their aid, even as he enumerated painting of the seminary, upgrading the seminary's poultry and fishery farm and many others, as part of their needs.
Fides reports that the ceremony witnessed donations for the completion of the Seminary Chapel and award presentations.
Highlights of the event included donations for the completion of the seminary chapel; presentation of awards to deserving individuals, including Awka Diocesan Theology Three seminarian, Okafor John Mark, who won the highest award for his academic performance.