The Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. B.C.I. Okoro, PhD, last Sunday at the Cathedral Church of SS Peter and John the Divine, Nkwerre ordained seven priests and three deacons during which he enunciated their responsibilities.
In his charge, Archbishop Okoro reminded the new priests that by their new status, they are bound to proclaim, by words and deeds, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, fashion their lives accordingly, show love and care to their congregations, declare God’s forgiveness to penitent sinners and to carry out other ecclesiastical duties entrusted to them.
To the newly-ordained deacons, the Bishop of Orlu told them that they are expected to be guided by the pastoral direction and leadership of their superior, charging them to make peace, love and unity a priority among the Christian faithful.
He then lauded the Clergy Directorate in Orlu Diocese, headed by Ven. Emma Uzoma Amaechi for the success of the ordination service as well as the Director of Laity Studies and the Dean of the Cathedral, Very Rev. Emma Aguoru.
In his sermon, Rev. Can. Gift Chinagozim Ohakwe, a Senior Lecturer at St. Paul’s University College, Awka, Anambra State, urged the new priests and deacons not to lower their standards to conform to the current standards of the society which he described as “sub-standard”.
This, he noted, could be achieved by their always striving to please God and not man through preaching the gospel undiluted.
The preacher who also served as the retreatant then praised the Diocese of Orlu, describing it as one of the most peaceful dioceses East of the Niger.
Among the highlights of the occasion were the induction of Dame (Barr.) Joy Okeke as the Legal Secretary of Orlu Diocese, the swearing of oath by the new deacons and priests of not belonging to secret societies nor being homosexuals as well as presentation of anthems by the choir of SS Peter and John, the Divine Cathedral, Nkwerre.