. . . Blesses Renovated Fathers' House
. . . Confirms 247 candidates
By Uche Enem
After 9 years, the pastoral visit of the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor to St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Ikenga, was indeed a big blessing and an occasion of great joy as the renovated fathers' house was blessed and 247 candidates received the sacraments of confirmation.
'Faith comes from hearing' were the words of the Bishop to St. Anthony's Catholic Church as he told them that the word of God is a good food to the soul and to their faith. Ikenga community which is predominately a Catholic community was encouraged by the Bishop to keep up with their faith and to strive for peace at all time.
He encouraged them to get abreast with the history of their catholic faith because it is a pointer that will guide them in their decisions and actions. Drawing the conclusion of his homily, the bishop thanked the pastoral council and Ikenga people for their courage and pleaded that they should keep working together for the growth of the church. He also commended St. Anthony's School for their vast development which was started by their indigenous priest, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ewelu
In the parish address read by Gabriel Okoli, welcomed the bishop to the parish and listed out some of the parish developments. St. Anthony's Ikenga, presently have St. Peter's Out Station. Also, St. Anthony Primary and Secondary School has continually waxing stronger especially in their academic records and performances under the watch of Fr. Angelo Obiako.
The address thanked the bishop who earlier took the step in restoring the peace in Ikenga. The address specially thanked the Parish Priest of St. Anthony's Fr. Peter Nwankwo for being an instrument of peace in Ikenga.
'If you give me money, I give you work' has been the slogan of the parish priest, Fr Nwankwo, as he thanked the Bishop for his pastoral care and his special love for development and education. According to him, 95% of members of Ikenga community are ready for peace. He thanked Prince Sunday Dim, who is the sole contributor for the development of the parish. He thanked the Vicar; Fr. Obiako, for his gret support and assistance. In a special way, he thanked Ikenga Catholic Community for their efforts and support to the growth of the church.