The Associate Missionary Society of St Paul Nigeria, Orlu zone, visited Sacred Heart Home Owerri on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 as part of their annual Corporal Work visitation on such day. The theme for this year’s visitation is “Encouraging our Priests in Home”.
The Orlu zone of the association comprises Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe and Ahiara Dioceses.
Among the representatives at the event were the zonal chairman, Tobias Osuala, and other zonal officers including Mr. Damian Nwauzo, Chief Livinus Okorougo, Mr. Mike Nwagi and Ezinna Barth Edom Eze.
In his remark, the zonal chairman, Mr. Osuala said the society regards Good Friday as a great day to take care of those that are meant to be taken care of and that they do this every year “This year, we have decided to visit priests that reside in this Sacred Heart Home to show solidarity, support and appreciation for their contribution to the growth of the Catholic faith and the spread of the Gospel,” he said.
Mr. Damian Nwauzo, Owerri Zonal representative joined his voice with that of the zonal chairman to thank the priests for receiving them whole heartedly.
Fr. Cosmas Amadi, the priest in-charge of the Sacred Heart Home, thanked the association for remembering them and encouraged them to keep doing the great works because no good deed goes unrewarded. He explained that the Sacred Heart Home is categorized into three – firstly, it is a place for retired priests, secondly, it is a place for recuperation of the sick among them and thirdly, it is a home for priests who work within Owerri Municipal so that they can get to their places of work with ease.
One of the priests in residence, Fr. Ben Agumanu thanked the visitors, noting that the society’s motto which is “Ambassadors of Christ” explained in entirety the function of a priest, adding “we are all ambassadors of Christ.” He said, “some of us are here today because of age and we believe we have contributed our own quota to the spread of the gospel.”
Another resident, Monsignor Anthony Uwakwe joined Fr. Ben Agumanu to welcome and thank the society. The Associate Missionary Society of St Paul donated food items and cash during the visit.
Priests and Religious present at the Charity visit included; Msgr Anthony Uwakwe, Fr. Ben Anumudu, Fr. Callistus Nwosu, Fr. Bonaventure Adinuso, Fr. Cosmas Amadi (Priest-in-charge) and Sister Mbahotu.
The Associate Missionaries of St Paul (AMSP) are Catholic men and women, married and single, who desire association with the Missionaries of St Paul as a means of spiritual growth. They are ready to be involved in the work of God through prayers, financial and moral support to the clergy. AMSP also brings nearer to the Laity the awareness that they can work and serve God well without being ordained priests.