By Precious Ukeje
Young fathers within the Catholic Church have been urged to avail themselves of the activities of the Catholic Men’s Organisation, a call which is believed that when heeded, will strengthen the organization owing to their fresh ideas.
The call was made by the Awka Diocesan Chaplain of Catholic Men’s Organisation and Manager, St Joseph’s Hospital, Adazi, Rev. Fr Jerome Okafor, at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish, Adazi-Nnukwu, Sunday, May 1, during the occasion of Fathers’ Day.
Fr Okafor in his remarks, noted that most of the active members of the organization were now elderly and should, at best, play advisory roles, while young fathers took the roles of activation and implementation of such pieces of advice.
‘Such ideas that would turn the fortune of the CMO around would emanate from and be activated by young men,’ Fr Okafor explained.
The Awka Diocese’s CMO Chaplain noted further that the participation of young fathers would bring about vibrancy and innovations which would put the organization in better light.
Men of the diocese were generally reminded that fatherhood was a great responsibility and required time and attention.
The homilist at the Mass and Vicar, St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Adazi-Nnukwu, Rev. Fr Jude Nwokolo, enjoined fathers to rise to the task of fatherhood and be part of raising their children as it engendered a better society.
Similarly, the Chairman of the organization in the parish, Ejike Okelom, in an address, appealed to younger ones among them to join the dance troupe and Igba group of the parish’s CMO, and not continue to leave them for elderly fathers, who, he said, should be resting.
Meanwhile, barring last minutes changes, according to Okelom, the Silver Jubilee of CMO in Awka Diocese has been scheduled to take place on the 29th day of May, 2021, as one of their members, Mr Solomon Arachie, will be receiving the conferment of CMO Patron title on the said date.