Re-validation exercise for Okigwe Knights By Emma Onumah

The Anglican Bishop of Okigwe, The Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu, Ph.D., has ordered the Council of Knights in his Diocese, to commence the process of revalidating its membership, with a view to flushing out those who are no longer spiritually, financially, and actively committed among them.

Bishop Osuegbu who gave this order while declaring open a one-day retreat organized by the Council at the Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas, Okigwe, challenged the Council to always enthrone Jesus Christ in their hearts, and to live exemplary lives as leaders of the laity in the Diocese.

The Prelate encouraged the Knights and Ladies to be committed in the attendance of their council meetings, as well as meetings organized by the Provincial, and National Joint Council of Knights, stressing the need for them to also embark on evangelical outreaches to small and needy churches in the Diocese, as part of why they were invested into the Knighthood.

He further charged them to consider embarking on projects that would be of great benefit to both the council and the Diocese, and for which he promised to provide an office space to them for their secretariat.

In a keynote address, the President-General of the Owerri Provincial Joint Council of Knights, Sir Israel Ekezie, reminded the Knights and Ladies that, Knighthood was not conceived as a reward mechanism but as a call to service.

He noted that, in line with the theme of the retreat: “The Anglican Knights as a Role Model and a Motivator of the Church Militant” they were expected to be true Anglicans, husbands of one wife each, motivators of both old and young, persons of impeccable character, and persons who would be prepared to contend with the daunting challenges in the church militant, adding that the fathers of the Knighthood in the Anglican Church modeled the Order in the spirit of the medieval Knighthood of service to the church and wider society.

In his own talk on the same topic, the Archdeacon in-charge, Okwe Archdeaconry, Ven, Nath Anyamele, traced the origin of Knighthood and described them as “defenders of the faith.

He reminded the Knights that the decision to make them Knights or workers in the Lord’s vine yard or field, was not theirs nor was it by self prompting, but that they were, through the Bishop, chosen to serve the church and to defend the faith, in every direction.

The Archdeacon posited that, though every Christian is comparatively a saint, a knight by his choice and investiture, has a high pedigree of saintliness which, according to him, must not be abused thus making him a role model and motivator.

Earlier in his sermon, the Chaplain of the Council, Rev. Ephraim Oragozie, reminded the Knights and Ladies that, as Christians, their primary existence here on earth is to know and serve God, and to prepare for eternity.

Speaking on the topic; “Searching for God”, he urged every Christian, especially the Knights, to try and justify the purpose for which they were made Knights, or else they would be associated with the word “night.”


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