Be ready for higher responsibilities – LGK tells new investees
… As KSM Ahiara diocese elevates eight into 2nd degree
The newly decorated 2nd degree members of the knights of St. Mulumba, Ahiara diocese have been notified on the responsibility which comes with their new elevation. This responsibility which was said to have included the right to vote and to be voted for in any office in the order also drew the attention of the candidates to that which awaits them.
The Liaison Grand Knight, Bro. Anthony Agbakwuru stated this while presiding at the reception ceremony shortly after the investiture Mass held at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church Nnarambia, Ahiara, Sunday September 11.
The eight elevated Knights, who were drawn from the four sub-councils of the order in the diocese, were admitted in a brief ceremony held at the KSM hall shortly before the thanksgiving Mass at the instance of Rev. Fr. Anthony Anyanwu who stood in for their chaplain.
The candidates: Bros: Sabinus Ugwoh, Joseph Opara, Barnabas Ezenwa, Paschal Onwumere, Augustine Ezeh, Bona Nwigwe, Augustine Onwuemeodo, and Benson Uzogara.
While addressing the newly promoted knights who were decorated alongside their wives, the LGK noted with joy that the journey to the elevation which did not come on a platter of gold has ended with merits. “You were actually subjected to an examination that tested you on the activities of the church, and that of the order. Your elevation means that you’re now worthy to assume bigger responsibilities,” the LGK observed, and charged them to remain committed to the values which the order was known for.
Bro. Agbakwuru who further expressed gratitude over the untiring efforts shown by the four sub-councils under the leadership of the following brothers: Bob Teteh, GK Mbaise sub-council, Julius Ekechukwu GK, St. John Paul Sub-council, Godwin Agomuo, GK Aboh Mbaise sub-council, and Augustine Ownubiko, GK Ezinihitte Subcouncil. He commended the works put up by the investiture planning committee, and however apologized over the delay witnessed in the investiture schedule, assuring the investees that their time of elevation would receive backdated records based on the day they passed their exams.
At the Eucharistic celebration which featured presentation and blessing of regalia comprising the headgear, sword, sash, and green-colour-cape, the candidates were fittingly decorated before the congregated worshippers.
Delivering the homily, Fr. Anyanwu, who was also the chief celebrant, harped on the import of repentance in man’s relationship with God.
He employed the Latin phrase: Dives in misericordiae, (Rich in mercy), preaching that God who is rich in mercy is always willing to welcome his people back to His fold each time they derail through sin. But the priest in strong terms advised the faithful that a humble repentant heart is very vital for the reception of God’s mercy. “Like the prodigal son of the gospel which forms the bases of our reflection, the parish rector noted, we must learn how to acknowledge our faults and be ready to make amend.