… Launches Hundred Million Project for St Albert the Great College. 325 Faithful Receive Sacrament of Confirmation
By Amarachukwu Opkunobi
The entire parishioners and priests working in St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Agụlụ, Anaocha Local Government Area, on Monday, April 18, 2022, warmly received the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, as he made his pastoral visit to their parish, where he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 325 lay faithful. It was a dual event as the parish also launched their One Hundred Million Naira Project to erect an administrative and classroom block for St Albert the Great College, located within the parish.
The event began with a concelebrated Mass led by Bishop Ezeokafor. In his homily, the Bishop called on the congregation to always remember the reason for the season of Easter and urged them to allow themselves to be consumed by the life of the Resurrection of Christ in all humility. To the newly confirmed, the prelate encouraged them to make judicious use of their life and time as young people who were in their prime; not allowing the frivolities of life take them away from the gospel and faith they believed in.
Making his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Hon Chief Silas Ejeabocha, appreciated Bishop Ezeokafor, whom, he said, never failed to answer them whenever they called and also for approving and setting in motion, St Albert the Great College.
In their address of welcome presented by Mrs Bernadette Muoneme, the secretary of the parish pastoral council, the parish appreciated the bishop, priests in the parish and all the parishioners, both home and abroad, for their selfless contribution towards the growth of their parish and St Albert the Great College. She said the school had received approval from the state government to sit for the Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE, and noted that the school need not go to any other school to take BECE.
For his part, Rev Fr Romanus Okongwu, the parish priest of St Patrick’s Parish, Agụlụ, appreciated what he described as the doggedness of the parishioners who amidst the economic situation of the country never failed to give their widows mite for the growth of St Albert the Great College. He added that more support was needed to keep the college at a height required of such a reputable citadel of learning.
Dignitaries at the Event were Senator uche Ekwunife, member representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, religions among others.