By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Bishop on the Niger, Right Reverend Owen Nwokolo, PhD, has collated two Archdeacons and six Canons at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha.
The collation candidates were presented to the church and cross-examined by the Bishop after which they took the oath of canonical obedience, submission and allegiance to God, as well as declarations against simony and submission to synod.
Bishop Nwokolo reminded them of their duties to the people and the need to keep the vows they had made, even as he prayed that God would help them to fulfil their Ministry.
Earlier in a sermon entitled, 'Do you love me more than this?', Right Reverend Dr. Isaac Oluyamo, Bishop of Ijesha North Diocese, highlighted the roles of a priest to include feeding the congregation with the word of God, guiding them on the right path, caring and visiting the people, as well as praying and fasting on their behalf.
He charged Christians to obey God's words in other to receive His blessings.
The new Canons and Archdeacons were later installed by the Sub Dean of All Saints Cathedral, Venerable Obiora Uzochukwu, and other Archdeacons of the Diocese.