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February 24, 2017

Fr Patrick Iwejuo of Ahiara diocese buried

On Thursday September 6, 2016, Ahiara clergy, the religious and lay faithful, gathered at the Maria Ecclesial Catholic Cathedral Ahiara Mbaise once more to bury late Rev Fr Patrick Ezenwa Iwejuo who until his death was the parish priest of Annunciation Parish Umuchieze Ahiazu LGA Mbaise.

His mortal remains were interred in the diocesan priestly cemetery after a Requiem Mass at the Cathedral celebrated by more than 86 priests within and outside the diocese including his 1995 classmates.

In the homily, Rev Fr Anthony Ibe averred that the late priest was a resourceful priest in the vineyard of the Lord and was known as a wounded healer who prayerfully healed the sick in spite of his own ailment. He said that he was a mentor of the faithful and a priest of God, adding that a priest is a martyr of Christ always prepared to die for Christ.

Continuing, Fr Anthony Ibe cautioned that whether we are alive or dead, we are for God, enjoining all to act like the wise faithful servant who would be found ready at the arrival of his master. He frowned that some people misuse their God’s given powers especially those in governance, who punish civil servants and pensioners by refusing them their due wages, reminding them that vanity upon vanity, all is vanity. He opined that God will reward every man accordingly, urging all to pray for the repose of Fr Iwejuo’s soul.

Adding his voice towards the end of the requiem Mass, Rt. Rev Msgr. Theo Nwalo, the chief celebrant, regretted that under 14 years, many priests in the diocese have died and buried, insisting that those alive should take adequate care of their health by taking regular exercises and by having medical check-ups. He frowned that nowadays many people invoke fire to consume others whenever there’s death of a person implying that they don’t have belief in the soul resting in the heavenly bliss. He warned all to see priests as priests and treat them as such.

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Funeral oration came from Seat of Wisdom 95 Priests, his classmates, his parishioners, family and the Ahiara Diocesan Presyterium. After tracing the history of young Rev Fr Patrick Iwejuo 49 years ago, the diocesan Presbyterium lamented his demise as he’s the 3rd priest to die this year. They however, believed that we don’t die in vain, rather than alienate us from God, death takes us straight to God’s bosom. They reasoned that Fr Patrick popularly called Rado went to meet the Lord for his great pastoral care of souls on earth.

In their own funeral oration, the Seat of Wisdom 1995 Priests, poured encomiums on their late classmate, describing him as a socialist, humorist and a dogged priest, one who had the zeal for ‘due in altuum’ by which he developed a healing ministry he carried out with presumed orthodoxy until death.

It would be recalled that Fr Patrick Iwejo after his primary school education, proceeded to St. Mary’s Umuowa Seminary Orlu to St. PeterClaver Okpala from 1981-82 and then straight to Seat of Wisdom Seminary from 1987-1991. After grabbing is B.A Phil and B.D degrees in Theology in flying colours, he was ordained a priest of God in July 1995 by late Bishop Victor Adibe Chikwe at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Ahiara Mbaise.

The commendation prayer was offered by Very Rev Fr Austin Bernadine Ekechukwu, President Ahiara Diocesan Priests’ Association in the presence of the Diocesan Monsignori and Dean and Deaneries. The knights of the church, Royal Fathers, MOD Security Outfit, Youths and family members attended the burial and prayed God to receive his soul in perfect peace.

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