Church as agent of societal development equally brings peace and reconciliation among the people of God wherever it is situated.
The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma made this known during a Holy Mass at St. Jude’s Parish Urualla to mark the inauguration of the new parish.
He stated that whatever thing we do as human beings in life without God will not stand, and that is why everyone must put God first who directs the affairs of our lives.
Bishop Ukwuoma said that Catholic Church carries the gospel of Christ down to the rural dwellers for evangelization, where everyone will be opportune to serve God through the creation of new parishes in the communities. He stated that the creation of new parishes is never a way of asking for autonomous community, but for rural evangelization.
The prelate further told the people of the area to seize the opportunity to worship God and stop moving from one church to another. He enjoined them to collaborate with the new parish priest, Rev Fr. Henry Nweje to move the church of God forward and make heaven at last.
In a brief history of the newly inaugurated parish, the Chairman of the publicity committee, Hon (Dr) Uche Ifeonu noted that the journey of St. Jude’s parish began from St. Michael’s Church Urualla in 1976 as the priest that comes to St. John Parish will proceed to Ugwunano hall after every 3 months interval for Holy Mass.
According to him, the zeal of the people became very high when Rev Fr. Okorie came and founded a station and urged them to look for a sizeable land which was provided by a practicing pagan in the community, late Nze Emmanuel Elotobi out of his benevolence, through the effort of the then Chairman of Uwgunano, Mr. Charles Olubuogu. Hon. Ifeonu pointed out that St. Jude’s Parish was elevated with commencement of the father’s house through their illustrious son, Chief Dona Madumere. Rev Fr. Chigere who later became the parish priest of the mother parish, St. John’s Urualla promised and insisted that work will be repeatedly done at the station with the assistance of the station council.
Hon. Ifeonu commended the past and present Executive members of the CWO and other sons and daughters of the area for their support. He thanked the parish priest of St. John’s Parish Urualla where St. Jude was carved out, Rev Fr. Hyginus Chigere for his relentless efforts to ensure that the dream becomes a reality.
In his contribution, Very Rev Fr Dr. Hyginus M.V Chigere pointed out that the results of the efforts made have been enormous and grandiose. According to him, negotiations, for more lands were effected and the entire acquired large parcel was walled, which gave rise to situating and location of the new church plus other needed infrastructure.
Fr. Chigere said that the foundation laying ceremony of St. Jude’s Parish during Bishop Ukwuoma’s pastoral visit on February this year marked a start of the centenary events of Catholic evangelization in the entire Urualla Catholic Community, initiated and led by St. John’s Parish Community Urualla since 2014. He thanked Most Rev. Augustine Uwkuoma for exposing them yet to another hurdle and positive experiences of lives, and all those who contributed in one way or the other for the achievement of the projects, especially Chief Dona Madumere for the building of the parish house.
In their responses, Chief and Lolo Dona Madumere said that what motivated them to carry out the project is a promise they made to God and the church which they have accomplished. They pointed out that they have the burning desire to work for God and promised to continue their support to the church. The event was attended by priests, including Rev Fr. Kenneth Ezeala, Vicar St. John’s Parish Urualla, religious, Member Representing Ideato North and South Federal Constituency, Hon. Sir Austine Chukwukere among others.