By Chioma Ndife
In a bid to demonstrate the importance of donating to God, the auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, alongside the Rector of Pope John Paul II (PJP) Major Seminary, Okpuno, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ewelu, last Sunday led other priests and seminarians in donations for the completion of the Seminary Chapel.
The donations which were made during the 2018 bazaar of PJP were to assist the seminary complete her Divine Mercy Chapel ahead of its dedication slated for April 20, 2019.
Bishop Okoye, who gave a donation of N500, 000, taken from charity he received from people, encouraged all to donate to church projects, saying that such donations to God came with numerous benefits. He maintained that it was important for people to utilize the privilege given to them by God as it concern erecting a benefiting place for God's worship, saying that some people were not given such opportunity.
He revealed that donating to God should be the desire of all persons and wondered why people shied away from using the resources given to them by God to work in his vineyard. He noted that it was vital for Catholic faithful to support seminary formation and identified the seminary as the soul of the Catholic faith.
He thanked the various individuals and groups who had been supporting the seminary formation and noted that such support had helped people in the seminary.
Earlier in his homily, Bishop Okoye beckoned on Christians to always strive to engage in activities that would promote the propagation of God's gospel and impact positively on the lives others, even as he pinpointed the various difficulties that could be encountered by those who desired to do good.
He divulged the expectations required of a would-be priest and tasked the seminarians to have good understanding of such expectation as it would help them in making decisions.
The bazaar donation call which was presided over by the Awka Diocesan Agricultural Director, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Anokwulu, who donated N50, 000 he received at a retreat, stated that the donation for the completion of the Divine Mercy Chapel being championed by priests was to motivate the lay faithful who were paid handsomely in their different occupations to donate to God.
Fides observed that the rector of the Seminary, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ewelu, and some priests working within the seminary, donated cash gifts which they received from various individuals to speed up the completion of the church building.
Seminarians were not left out as they made cash donations individually and collectively and came for offertory in their various classes, hostels and pious societies which they belonged to with tangible household items worth thousands of Naira.