Activities marking the third anniversary of the inauguration of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru were rounded off last Sunday with the ordination of three priests and a deacon during a Eucharistic thanksgiving service at the ,Cathedral Church of St. Mathew Atta Ikeduru.
The ordained priests were Rev. John Njoku, Rev. Joseph Emenalom and Rev Japhet Ejiofor while Ordinand John Onyenobi was ordained deacon.
Preaching a sermon at the service conducted by Ven. John Akahara, Rev Can. Roland Maduka, PhD, of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) counseled the newly ordained to justify their calling, saying that the harmonious working of their faith, commitment and personal conviction would generate progress in their ministry.
Urging them to always work towards the purpose of their calling, the cleric frowned at those who join the ministry because of unemployment, and materialism, stating that they do not glorify God.
He praised the diocese for recording such a huge success in only three years, equating its achievements to that of a 10year-old diocese.
He, however, challenged the parishioners to build a befitting cathedral for the diocese and rehabilitate other diocesan infrastructure such as Bishop Cocin Church Centre and the St. Christopher Hospital.
Fifteen sons and daughters of the diocese were honoured for their services, including the Rector of Ibru Retreat Centre, Delta State, Ven Barr. Ernest Onuoha, PhD.
It also featured the cutting of anniversary cake and fund raising.
Speaking, a frontline politician and philanthropist, Chief Sir Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, described the diocese as one of the best in Nigeria, adding that it unified the people, attributing the unity and love existing in the diocese to the leadership qualities of the Bishop, Rt Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike.
The week-long occasion also featured widows forum, marriage seminar, free medical treatment, among other things.
More than 1,200 widows participated in the widow’s forum where the Faith and Caring Unit of the Women’s Ministry, under lady Jane Nwankiti, wife of the late Archbishop Benjamin Nwankiti, distributed food items and other gifts to the widows.