The Parish Rector, the Assistants and the entire Catholic faithful of St. Joseph Parish Umuna, In Orlu L.G.A on Saturday, November 17, 2018 received the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma on a two-day pastoral visit.
The bishop on arrival was received by the Church Rector, Rev Fr Dr. Bede Idimogu, the parish council and the parishioners. Bishop Ukwuoma during the first day of his visit paid a courtesy visit on the two traditional rulers in Umuna and Uzoubi, Eze Douglas Okwara and Eze Boniface Okereke respectively.
In a homily during a Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, before administering the sacrament of confirmation on candidates, the Most Rev Ukwuoma pointed out that his visit to the parish is in accordance with the directive by the Church for all bishops, to visit the local churches within their jurisdictions, which is aimed at ascertaining the pace of evangelization in the area.
He stated that it is an official assignment of every bishop to carry out the function, which according to him will encourage the local churches to be strong in faith. Bishop Ukwuoma pointed out that the message of the gospel brought transformation in every aspect of human life, adding that without the gospel, many people will still be living a primitive life. He encouraged all to embrace peace and love, as well as to desist from bribery and corruption which has been the challenge in our country in recent time.
“People must learn how to be contented with what they have, because greed leads to stealing which is a sin before God and man”. He advised the newly confirmed candidates to be good ambassadors of Christ and the Catholic Church despite challenges. Bishop Ukwuoma applauded the Parish Priest, Fr. Bede Idimogu for his service to God and humanity. He maintained that St. Joseph Parish Umuna remains the most supportive parish in the Diocese.
In their address of welcome, the Parish Council commended Bishop Ukwuoma for his great achievements in the past 10 years since he became the Chief Shepherd of the diocese. They prayed God to continue to strengthen him in his good works. The Council thanked Fr. Idimogu for the lives he has saved through his adoration prayer in the parish and beyond.
Rev. Sr. Grace Uchechukwu Agu and other religious were present at the occasion.
The event featured cultural display and other side attractions that added colour to the occasion, while the highpoint was the confirmation of about 400 candidates.
By Udechi Francis Jr