The 2014 Annual Reunion of Senior Seminarians of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri with His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, the Local Ordinary, has ended in Owerri.
The reunion which lasted from August 19th to 22nd, took place at the Assumpta Minor Seminary, Naze.
It was a home-coming, a long expected meeting of a father with his sons. It was a period of spiritual juvenation and moral fortification which consisted of conferences, Eucharistic adoration and sharing of apostolic works experiences as Christ did with his apostles in the gospels.
During the opening Mass, the Archbishop called on seminarians to emulate St. Bernard, (whose memorial was being celebrated that day) in his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He reminded all present that they were called to a life of service as servant-kings.
The Archbishop’s address during the opening conference featured an insight into the new quest for virtues as being experienced in the secular world today. As potential shepherds, the seminarians are called to be at the forefront of upholding good moral values.
The renowned Spiritual Director and Retreat Moderator, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku called for personal commitment by the seminarians in their formation. This entails having a deep conviction about their calling, first as Catholic Christians, then as seminarians. Each person is being called to a life of grace and faithfulness to the word of God.
The memorial of St. Pius X took place on the second day.
The Archbishop used the occasion to admonish seminarians to shun flamboyant life style but try to live simple life worthy of drawing souls to God and also to keep their environments neat always.
The last conference centred on the adoptive sonship Christians have in God through Christ. He called on all to embrace the oneness of all baptized Christians as there are no Greeks or Gentiles, no Osu no Diala.
During the closing activities, the seminarians rendered their address thanking the Archbishop and priests that assisted him. The Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Oparaugo and his Assistant, Fr. Chukwunonyerem Akamadu received kudos for their hospitality. The seminarians pledged their loyalty to remain steadfast in obeying the seminary rules while being good ambassadors of the Archdiocese.