Preaching a homily at the Mass, Rev. Fr. Jude Obinna Ifeadiro of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Aba, advised Christians to be mindful of what they speak with their mouth as there is power in spoken words.
Fr. Ifeadiro stressed on the need for Christians to always stand on the path of truth and to engrave the love and fear of God in their lives in order to live good Christian lives.
The homilist urged the new priests to always seek for God’s grace in order to excel in the priesthood. He charged them to always preach the gospel without fear or favour and to always judge rightly no matter whose ox is gored.
Describing priesthood as a call to serve, Fr. Ifeadiro called on Christians to support the priests both morally and financially for them to discharge effectively their pastoral work.
In his remarks during a reception that followed, the Parish Council Chairman, Barr. Anthony U. Emeana who described priesthood as a divine call, thanked God that the new priests responded positively to the call.
Barr. Emeana disclosed that Amakohia has 11 priests to their credit, explaining that it is an evidence that the spirit of God dwells among them.
The Council Chairman congratulated the parents of the priests for being able to realize their dreams while commending the ordination committee for a job well done.
Speaking with the LEADER, the mother of one of the priests, Ezinne Ngozi Nwoha who could not hide her joy, thanked God that her son scaled through the 17 years rigorous priesthood training.
Ezinne Nwoha said that the training of a priest was not a day’s journey, adding that it was God’s abundant grace that saw them through.
She advised her son, Fr. Maxwell Chima Nwoha and other priests to always bear at the back of their mind the vow they took at God’s altar and always lead exemplary lives worthy of emulation.
Responding to the people’s gestures, Fr. Henry Obiomachukwu Nwanguma in his enthusiasm gave praises to God for leading them thus far.
Reiterating that although they were not qualified, God chose them, he said it was not by their strength but by God’s spirit that they would succeed in the priestly vocation.
They thanked the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Basil C. Osuigwe, the Curate, Rev. Fr. Miletus Ohanunma, their parents, friends and well-wishers who were sources of encouragement to them, praying God to reward them abundantly.
Activities that added glamour to the ceremony were the blessing of the congregation by the new priests, welcome songs, various speeches by parishioners and presentation of gift items to the priests.