DIOCESAN ORDINATION OF PRIESTS AND DEACONS

17
Nov

The Catholic Bishop of Lafia  Diocese, Most Rev. Dr David Ajang has in a solemn celebration ordained eight priests and three deacons for the Catholic diocese of Lafia. This event took place on the 18th November, 2021, at St. William Cathedral in Lafia. 

In the course of his homily the Bishop charged the newly ordained priests of the  diocese to shepherd God’s people in holiness and follow the prescription of the holy mass, according to the liturgical norms of the Catholic church.

Bishop Ajang also urged the newly ordained priests not to plagiarise sermons available online for presentation to their congregation during the celebration of the mass.

He gave the charge on Thursday  during the priestly and diaconate ordination of eight priests and three deacons, held at St Williams Cathedral Lafia, Nasarawa state.

According to him, to shepherd Christ’s  people requires holiness, discipline and focus that conform to the image of God, saying that all priests must be holy just as Jesus was holy during his ministry.

“The holiness of priests determines the holiness of the congregation. When you become a holy priest, your homily will motivate people to follow Christ. You should be holy and be good examples of Christ.

“You must also live a simple and modest life and be obedient to me your Bishop and your superiors. Also you must be ready to work within and outside the diocese. In that case, you must be wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove.

On the issue of preaching the gospel the Bishop said: “Good sermons are products of hardwork and adequate preparation. Ensure that you adequately prepare your sermons. Ensure you never go to the church unprepared. Also don’t plagiarize sermons online.”

“The content of your message must be appropriate for your audience. Do not preach at a funeral as if you are preaching at a marriage ceremony,” he said.

Bishop Ajang also said, he was happy  to be given the privilege to be the channel through which God used in introducing  more labourers into His vineyard and promised to always keep an eye on them so that they will not go astray.

He appreciated the families and formators of the ordained priests for contributing to their training and urged the parents not to do anything that will bring shame and disgrace to the newly ordained priests.

The Bishop also charged the lay faithful not to struggle for leadership of the church with the priests but support them in all ramifications to enable them succeed.

Also speaking, the Chancellor of Lafia Diocese, Rev. Fr Matthew Ofoku said with the ordination of eight new priests, the diocese has a total number of 104 priests.

Fr Ofoku however, called on parents to allow their wards to become priests in the Catholic Church, saying the harvest is much but the labourers are few.

He congratulated the newly ordained priests and deacons for their resilience and perserverance throughout their journey to becoming Catholic priests and prayed God to see them through their vocation.

The eight newly ordained priests were  Rev. Fathers Lazarus Songu, Lawrence Aga, James Abimuku, Dominic Anga,
Nathaniel Adigizi, Jude Eze, Silas  Habila and Joshua Shuaibu.

The newly ordained deacons include Rev. Gabriel Egah, Rev. Simon-Peter Esson and Rev. Joseph Ogbonna.

Dominic Ovey Anga

 

Joshua Idoko Shaibu

 

Silas Habila Blaizze

 

Lawrence Ovey Aga

 

Jude Ndubuisi Eze

 

Nathaniel Damoalu Adigizi

 

James Abimiku Bitrus

 

Lazarus Terfa Songu

DEACON TO BE

 

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