Christians have been urged to heed to the teachings of the Church in order not to regret their actions at last. The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma gave the advise at a two-day pastoral visit to Regina Pacis Parish, Ihioma in Orlu L.G.A, Saturday, June 18 to Sunday 19, 2017.
According to him, the Church remains the light that transforms human nature, through the gospel of Christ and brings development to wherever it comes to, therefore it cannot mislead anyone that comes to her. The bishop said that Catholic Church is the universal church and does not discriminate, but rather brings everyone together in God.
The Bishop described his visit as official assignment for all Bishops as directed to visit the local Churches under their jurisdiction and ascertain the pace of evangelization and infrastructural developments. He enjoined Christ faithful not to live in fear, but always put their trust in God despite challenges.
He admonished the newly confirmed candidates to go forth and be good ambassadors of Christ and their families.
In an address, the Parish Pastoral Council expressed joy at the visit of the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese to their parish. They disclosed that the parish and the parishioners have witnessed a tremendous change, both in the growth of faith and infrastructural development, especially the convert of non Catholics due to the undiluted word of God, through the three priests in the parish since the last visit of the Bishop.
The Council listed some of its achievements so far, to include; the ongoing renovation of their Church building, the completion of the podium normally used for Cathedraticum for the region every year, the sinking of bore-hole in the parish, organizing of retreat for the parishioners to rejuvenate their faith in the service of God among others. According to them, the achievements would not have been possible without the zeal and support of their sons, especially Chief Amaechi Anuma, Engr. Raphael Obioha, Mr. Okechukwu Onyeyaforo, Mr. Joseph Anabaraonye and Sir. Simon Okolie among others.
They gave kudos to the C.W.O in the parish for their unflinching support towards ensuring that the priests are well cared for. The Council further commended the Church Rector, Very Rev Msgr. Joseph Okorie for his ingenuity and humility in steering the affairs of the parish, as well as his Assistants, Rev Frs. Stephen Mbachu and Anthony Okonkwo. They pleaded with Bishop Ukwuoma to raise the churches at CKC Okwuekpe, St. Peter Umuagi and St. Augustine Dibie-Nrieme to station levels.
In his speech, the Church Rector, Very Rev Msgr. J.B.C Okorie thanked the bishop for finding time to visit the parish, as well as confirming a total of 402 sons and daughters of Ihioma and pledged the support of the parish in all diocesan functions. Msgr. Okorie applauded members of the Parish Council Chaired by Engr. Charles Okolie and his secretary, Mr. Louis Okafor, members of the pastoral visit Committee and other individuals and groups that contributed to make the visit a successful one.
He prayed God to bless them. The highpoint of the occasion was an Award of recognition to Chief Amaechi Anuma for his outstanding support to the Church. The Bishop during the occasion visited the traditional ruler of the community and some of the out stations.