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Three Msgrs, 10 Others Get Papal Honours in Lagos Archdiocese

Three Monsignori namely, Rev. Msgr. Gabriel ‘Kunle Amolegbe, Rev. Msgr. Peter Babatunde OKE, and Rev. Msgr. Patrick ‘Yinka OBAYOMI are among the thirteen catholic faithful of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, who have been honoured by the Holy Father, Pope Francis for their contribution to the mission of the Church in Nigeria and particularly in the Archdiocese of Lagos.

While the trio of Amolegbe, Oke and Abayomi were honoured as Chaplains of His Holiness, three lay faithful have been honoured as Knights of St. Gregory the Graet, five others as Knights of St. Sylvester the Pope and two get Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice honour.

According to a special circular from the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos dated June 26, signed by Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins and addressed to all Priests, Religious working in the Archdiocese and the Lay faithful, the Investiture ceremony will hold at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the Principal Feast Day of our Archdiocese.

Archbishop Martins, on behalf of the Clergy, the Religious, and the Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Lagos, congratulated the honorees and urged them not to rest on their oars. “We hope by the conferment of these honors, the honorees would bind themselves more closely to the Church as they carry out their responsibilities with renewed vigor. It is our prayer that the good Lord will renew their strength as they aspire to dedicate themselves more intently to the service of the church in our Archdiocese”.

Read the Circular excerpt below:

CONFERMENT OF PAPAL HONOURS IN LAGOS ARCHDIOCESE

To the glory of God, and in recognition of their contribution to the mission of the Church especially in our Archdiocese, it gives me great pleasure to announce the decision of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to confer Papal Honours on the following Priests and Lay faithful of our Archdiocese:

Msgr. Gabriel ‘Kunle Amolegbe, Chaplain of His Holiness;

Msgr. Peter Babatunde OKE, Chaplain of His Holiness;

Msgr. Patrick ‘Yinka OBAYOMI, Chaplain of His Holiness;

Gregory Ehimare ENAHORO, Knight of Saint Gregory the Great;

Robert Soji OLAGUNJU, Knight of Saint Gregory the Great;

Edward Soleye HUGHES, Knight of Saint Gregory the Great;

Patrick Okwudili IGWILO, Knight of Saint Sylvester the Pope;

Anthony Ikemefuna IDIGBE, Knight of Saint Sylvester the Pope;

Cyril Oluwatoyin PINHEIRO, Knight of Saint Sylvester the Pope;

Patrick Onyema AMAECHI, Knight of Saint Sylvester the Pope;

Winifred Nwaukpo AKPANI, Dame of Saint Sylvester the Pope;

Sena Donata ANTHONY, Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice;

Chinyelu Nkem AMANGBO, Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

The Investiture ceremony is scheduled to hold at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos on Tuesday, 14th September, 2021, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the Principal Feast Day of our Archdiocese.

+ Alfred Adewale Martins

Archbishop, Metropolitan See of Lagos

26th June, 2021

( NIGERIA CATHOLIC NETWORK)