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July 18, 2018

Ovations as Fr. Paddy celebrates 25 years of priestly ordination

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Fr. Paddy cutting the Jubilee cake at the celebration.

Fr. Paddy cutting the Jubilee cake at the celebration.

All roads on November 23, 2013 led to St. Francis Amata Ikeduru LGA, Imo State where Rev. Fr. Patrick Amadi celebrated his 25 years of priestly ordination.

The celebration was a roll call of who is who.  Dignitaries present included Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Knights of the Catholic Church, scores of clergy, religious and important personalities from all walks of life.

Preaching the homily at the occasion, Rev. Fr. Ebenezer Okoro thanked God who safely brought all to Amata to celebrate with Fr. Paddy.

He described the jubilarian as a “darling” to all and a man who carries out his religious duties swiftly, happily and with great joy.

He defined a priest as a man who was chosen from among men to serve God and humanity and advised the jubilarian to handle his vocation with maximum care, because it is a great privilege given to him.  He reminded Fr. Amadi of his religious duties and urged him to strengthen the path of God and man.

Fr. Okoro called on Christ’s faithful to ever be happy and do things with sincerity of mind.   He also advised them to help the priest carry out his duties.

Speaking later, Fr. Amadi made it  clear that “reconciliation” goes with “remembrance and also advised all to always reconcile with those they have wronged and do good things that will in the nearest future be remembered.

The Parish Priest of St. Francis Parish Amata, Rev. Fr. Ike Unamba described Fr. Amadi as a very caring and loving priest, who through his untiring efforts ensured that what was planed turned out a huge success.  He thanked all who despite all odds came to rejoice with the jubilarian.

Fr. Amadi expressed his joy at the honour and privilege given to him as a priest, praying God to reward all those who helped to make the day a success.  He encouraged and prayed for the seminarians, appreciated their tireless efforts in the preparation for his silver jubilee.

He said that jubilee means a humble plea to forgiveness hence he pleaded with those he has offended knowingly or unknowingly to forgive and those who have offended him he has forgiven.  He prayed God to give him the grace to be steadfast in the priestly ministry all the rest of his life.

Fr. Amadi thanked God for giving St. Francis a parish priest who not only built a structure but also faith of its members and for the efforts he made to see that the celebration was a huge success.

The jubilarian’s niece who was also celebrating her 25 years of birth Miss Ijeoma Amadi, expressed her profound gratitude to God who through His infinite mercy made them able to celebrate their silver jubilee and prayed for more years ahead.  She encouraged her uncle who is also the first indigenous priest of St. Francis Amata Ikeduru to keep the good testimonies people gave about him, stand firm in preaching God’s word and always call upon God in times of difficulty.

Activities marking the jubilee include: cultural dance, welcome song and Bendel War Dance by the senior seminarians from Seat of Wisdom and calisthenics by the Bloc Rosary etc.

 

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