…Receives Commendation for their Chapter Christmas Visit
By Princess Chinecherem Efobi
The members of the Lagos Chapter of the Savio Bosco Old Boys Association (SABOBA), were awed by the depth of knowledge, experiences and exploits of the retired priests of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, when the chapter paid them a courtesy visit at their Awka home, December 30, 2021. The Priests’ Retirement Home is located at St Thomas Aquinas Parish, GRA, Awka, Anambra State.
The chapter, led by their Chairman, Barr Mayor Asiegbu, and Secretary Sir Cee Cee Iloghalu, planned the visit as a prelude to the SABOBA annual general meeting later that day at Neni. The visit eventually turned mind blowing, edifying and revealing, as Asiegbu noted.
Interacting with the likes of erudite Rev Frs Johnson Orjiakor; music guru Fr Simon Azuka; educationists Msgr Simon Amateze and Clement Obianozie, Asiegbu further observed that the so called old priests were quality personified, and said the chapter members were edified by the visit.
“Honestly, we have legends here. As some of us did not meet them physically earlier because of times and circumstances that led to some of us pursuing other life vocations outside priesthood, we have heard a lot about their exploits.
Today, interacting with them one -on –one, we stand bold to say that they are living legends. May God keep them for us so that we can tap more from their wealth of experiences” Mayor Asiegbu said.
During the interactive session, after the Manager of the home Fr Emmanuel Udu had received the chapter members, the retirees took turn to share their life experiences with them.
The visiting old boys also shared their times. Fr Orjiakor further elucidated on the. deeper meaning of their visit as mainly ex seminarians, and noted that it represented a turning point for greater collaboration, despite what might have been any shortcomings of their formative years in the seminary.
The visit ended with gifts and money presentation to the retiree priests, while the priests in turn prayed over and blessed their yuletide visitors.