By Victor-Clark Alisigwe
Priests in the Anglican Communion have been reminded to make evangelism and soul-winning a top priority.
The Archbishop and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, Most Rev. Bennett C.I. Okoro PhD (JP) gave this advice last Sunday during the institution and induction of the Ven. Christian Odinakachukwu Ajaere, as the Vicar of Okporo parish and Archdeacon of Orlu-West Archdeaconry at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Okporo in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Preaching at the service, the Archbishop charged the Parish Priest and his wife, Mrs Edith Ajaere, to be content with what they have.
The prelate noted that as clerk in the Holy Order, the vicar has an obligation to a legacy of prayer and progress as well as dispense God’s word and His sacraments.
He also urged Archdeacon Ajaere not to betray the trust in him and advised him to care for all, both young or old, rich and poor, proclaiming the gospel and nourishing his parishioners spiritually as a true pastor under the great shepherd of souls.
The Diocesan who is the Archbishop emeritus of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri and former chairman, joint provinces East of the Niger, admonished the parishioners to support their priest.
In his speech, Archdeacon Ajaere pledge his canonical obedience to the Diocesan and promised to discharge his duties to the glory of God.
Archdeacon Ajaere, also the Chaplain, Special duties II to the Archbishop and the chairman, Orlu Diocesan Debt Recovery Committee, encouraged his parishioners to complement God’s work by contributing their own quota to the church.
Present at the service were, the Archbishop’s wife Nneoma Dora Okoro (JP), the Dean of the Cathedral Church of SS, Peter and John, the Divine Nkwerre, Imo State, Very Rev. Emmanuel I. Aguoru and Rev. Levi Nwachukwu dignitaries from the church and outside.
Highpoints of the service were the launching for funds for the completion of some church projects and a soul moving choir rendition dished out by St. Mary’s Anglican Church Choir Okporo.