Sir Ifezue Donates Divine Mercy Chapel to St. Peter's, Nri in Appreciation to God

May 16, 2019

Bishop Ezeokafor (2nd left) assisted by the Parish Priest, Fr. Damian Okeke (1st left), an Nri Indigenous Priest, Fr. Patrick Okafor (4th right), Lady and Sir Clems Ifezue (3rd and 4th right) among others cut the tape of the chapel

. . . God Has Never Failed Me - Donor

By Chioma Ndife

A renowned statesman and indigene of Nri Community, Anaocha LGA of Anambra State, Sir. Clems Ifezue alongside his family has donated a magnificent Chapel of Divine Mercy to his home Parish, St. Peter's Catholic Church, Nri.

Sir Ifezue handed over the chapel which he single-handedly built for St. Peter's Parish, Nri, on Easter Friday, April 26, 2019 and was blessed by the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most. Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor.

Speaking on the motive behind the Divine Mercy Chapel project, Sir Ifezue said the chapel project was embarked upon to redeem the pledge which he made to God while seeking for a particular flavour and to appreciate God for his numerous blessings upon his life and his family members. He disclosed that there was nothing he has asked God for that He hasn't received positive answers.

He noted that the project was another way of recording his own signature in the work of the church and draw people closer to God. He urged others to fellow his footsteps and donate for the propagation of Catholic faith, saying that any investment done in the house of God has a special way of attracting continuous blessing to the donor. He advised people to develop the habit of giving back to God who provided all they have and to worship God with faith, saying that nothing can be too big to be given to God.

He expressed his profound fulfillment for having been used by God to provide a prayer house for the community dwellers and urged the people to make effective use of the chapel in developing close relationship with God through constant visit to the chapel.

The chapel donor who has sponsored the training of some priests in the seminary, emphasized the important functions which priests and sisters carry out in their various communities, saying that the propagation of the Catholic faith rests upon them. He regretted that many wealthy people have not taken out time to know how priests acquire their education so as to contribute their quota in ensuring that priests develop optimally.

In his words, 'I embarked on these chapel project because there is nothing I have asked God to do for me that he hasn't done. It's amazing that I will knee down and pray and ask God to do this for me and he hasn't failed. It got to a point that I started looking for something to give to God because there is nothing that is too big for God. I just needed to show appreciation to God for his numerous blessings,' he stated.

Receiving the key of the chapel, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, commended the effort of Sir Clems Ifezue for donating the chapel to the parish. He noted that the chapel would help parishioners in developing personal and in-depth relationship with God. He tasked the people to use the chapel as their place of rescue whenever they are faced with life uncertainties as God has the capacity of granting any individual's needs when asked in truth and faith.

Bishop Ezeokafor stressed the importance of a chapel in any parish, noting that it was a prerequisite for a church building to be dedicated, saying that no church building can be dedicated in a parish without a chapel. He described a chapel as a smaller church that gives one the opportunity of having private moment with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Bishop Ezeokafor who was on a visit to the parish, administered the sacrament of confirmation to about 253 deserving Catholic faithful. He said that the Confirmation would enable the confirmed to bear true witness to Christ. He emphasized the need of grooming one's faith, noting that such can be achieved through joining pious societies in the church.

The Catholic Prelate called on the faithful to be conscientious in their struggle for salvation since they have been bought over by God through his death on the cross of Calvary.

The newly blessed chapel of Divine Mercy donated to St. Peter's Parish, Nri by Sir Clems Ifezue and family
Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor (2nd left) praying over the Chapel of Divine Mercy donated to St. Peter's Parish, Nri by Sir Clems Ifezue and family. 2nd left is Sir Clems Ifezue among others.
R-L, Frs. Joel Okechukwu , Patrick Okafor, Lady Ifezue, Bishop Ezeokafor, Sir Clems Ifezue, Fr. Damian Okeke among others in a group photograph after the blessing of the chaple. 1st left is the Immediate Past Parish Priest of St. Peter's Nri, Rev. Fr. Iraenaeus Benard Okonkwo.


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