By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Rev FR Prof ABC Chiegboka, has described proper formation of a human individual as a collective responsibility of both the formators (parents and teachers) and the children who are being formed.
Rev Fr Chiegboka stated this in his homily of the concelebrated Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit to mark the 2022 Annual Feast Day Celebration of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria, South East-owned Holy Ghost Academy Amaokpala (HGAA), Orumba North LGA, Anambra State, last Saturday, March 5.
The Catholic priest advocated the need for all parties to attach importance to the all-round formation of human persons to ensure a better society.
He stressed the need for that proper all-round formation of every individual in both the physical and the spiritual nature for what he described as the expected balanced personality.
Pointing out that HGAA, just like other mission schools, was committed to proper all-round formation of a human person, the Catholic priest charged the students to dispose themselves to formation and learning.
‘At all times listen to the voice of the bell, the principal, your formators and your leaders in the school. As you mix up with other people in larger society, be cautious. Don’t destroy yourself. You are in a mission school, make good use of the learning opportunities therein. Don’t get associated with Yahoo boys and others who engage in drug addiction and other vices,’ Fr Chiegboka advised the students.
The Vicar General who is also a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, charged parents to be interested in the task of training and formation of their children. He explained that every child had inert potentials which God blessed him with, and it was the responsibility of the parents, as well as other formators, to monitor their children and wards at every stage of development and see that those potentials were identified and properly harnessed to enable the children to excel.
Maintaining that the children could not be properly formed as individuals without good spirituality, the priest called on parents to get involved and donate towards the speedy completion of the chapel building of Holy Ghost Academy, Amaokpala.
Fides reports that the feast day featured donations in support of the chapel building which had already been roofed.