Bishop Ukanwa warns priests, laity

Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe North, His Lordship, Rt Rev Godson Udochukwu Ukanwa, PhD, has reiterated the resolve of his episcopacy to descend heavily on any clergy or laity in his Diocese who embezzles or misappropriates church funds irrespective of his status.

Bishop Ukanwa who gave the warning recently at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Ezihe, during the divine thanksgiving service to mark the third anniversary of his enthronement, stated that his episcopacy in the past three years has been very careful in lifting the “Hammer”.

Giving a theological backing to this, the bishop posited that Saint Mark the Evangelist on whose day his Predecessor, Rt Rev A.I.S. Nwaizuzu (rtd) was enthroned and also bowed out and on which day he himself was also enthroned, means “Hammer”.

The prelate disclosed that he had tirelessly laboured in the past three years to build and remould the clergy to attain an acceptable spiritual height, stressing that his application of the “hammer” should not be misinterpreted as destruction but discipline and correction.

He, however, praised the clergy and laity for their tireless commitment towards the success of his ministry and solicited for more support both spiritually and materially in order to move the diocese forward.

The Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese, Rt Rev A.I.S. Nwaizuzu had earlier in his sermon commended Bishop Godson Ukanwa for the wonderful work done at the new Bishop’s Court, expressing his delight for his sacrifice within such a short period of his tenure.

He also commended the clergy of the Diocese and stressed the need for reconciliation which he described as the heart of Christianity, a virtue which brings both God and people together and noted that without reconciliation there is no heaven.


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