St Philip’s Ikembara celebrates Patron Saint’s Day By Gid Ananonu

Ecumenism could be said to be the high point of this year’s celebration of the Patron Saint’s Day of St. Philip’s (Ang) Church, Ikembara in Ikeduru Diocese as the Catholics, led by Rev Fr. Vitalis Anyanwu showed a strong presence at the occasion to celebrate with fellow Christians of the Anglican persuasion.

One of the activities leading up to the celebration proper was a novelty match earlier between the Anglican women and their Catholic counterparts.

This synergy was vividly captured by one of the recepients of an award on the occasion, Dr Osmond Ukanacho, a philanthropist who bagged the “Ezi-Ogo” (Good in-law) title.

He commended the co-operation between Christians in Ikembara irrespective of denomination and called on all Christians everywhere to promote the spirit of ecumenism in their various areas as, according to him, Christ is one foundation for all the church groupings.

Dr Ukanachio passionately called on indigenes of Ikembara living abroad to avoid running from one church to the other but rather stay faithful to their home churches and partner with them in providing infrastructure with their God-given resources to attract God’s blessing.

Preaching at the  thanksgiving service, Evangelist Victor Edoghasim advised members of the congregation to be wary of keeping the company of dubious characters recalling that their Patron Saint, Philip, acquainted only with Nathaniel who was a pious man.

He then urged them to follow the footsteps of Saint Philip who showed love, sincerity and humility with the ministry of Jesus Christ.

The preacher urged Christians to always respond positively  to fund-launchings for the work of God and Church.

At the service conducted by Bright I. Ohanyere, the first lesson from Deut. 10. 12 was read by Stephen Nwandikom while Sir George Ohanyere did the second from Titus 1:1-end.

Among the highlights were the conferment of awards on ten recepients and fund-raising for the erection of their ultra-modern parsonage building with invitees, more so the awardees responding positively.

In his remarks the Planning Committee Chairman, Sir Gideon Ohanyere, described the occasion as successful attributing it to hard work by members of his team.

He hailed the positive response of the invitees  ascribing it to the mysterious handiwork of God.

In his vote of thanks, the Vicar Rev. Can Polycarp Iwuanyanwu expressed gratitude to those who honoured their invitation as he made special mention of the chairman of the award ceremony, Sir Barr. Humphrey Amadi as well as the Priest in-charge of St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Rev. Fr. Vitalis Anyanwu.


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