By Victor-Clark Alisigwe
In a well-attended episcopal ceremony last Sunday at the Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas, Okigwe, three Canons were preferred Archdeacons, two priests and three deacons ordained while five evangelists were commissioned by the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe, Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu, PhD, JP.
In his charge on the occasion, the bishop specifically defined the role of deacons saying that they had been called to serve the church of God in caring for the poor and the needy, to give succour to the less-privileged as well as to assist the priests under whom they serve.
Bishop Osuegbu then admonished the ordained and the commissioned evangelists to promote unity and peace among members of the congregation and all Christians.
In his sermon at the occasion on the theme, “A call to serve”, Ven. Okanu of Lagos West Diocese described priesthood as “an unction to function” in God’s service.
He urged the priests and evangelists to work by faith and not size adding, “even if you have 10 Ph.Ds it can never be wisdom with the person with the Holy Spirit.”
The three canons preferred Archdeacon were, Chris Iwu, Nelson Maduforo and T.C. Iwuagwu.
Those priested were Revrends; Maxwell Emesowum and Ikechukwu Ehirim while Ordinands Longinus Mbanefo, Chinedum Iwuajoku, and Kingsley Iloh were ordained deacons.
On the other hand, Barr. (Mrs) Lauretta Nwachukwu, Mr. Julius Nnanna, Mrs Lizzy Okafor, Barr. (Mrs) Kelechi Chike and Mr. Udoka Madu were commissioned diocesan evangelists.