Priests who lobby for preferment in the Anglican Diocese of Orlu have been advised to stop forthwith or face demotion.
The Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Bennett Okoro PhD handed down the warning last Sunday during the collation of Ven. Morgan Chukwunyere Edih as the Archdeacon of Orlu West Archdeaconry and Ven (Barr) Christian Obum Onyirioha as the Archdeacon of Ishi-Isu Archdeaconry at the Cathedral Church of SS Peter and John the Divine, Nkwerre in the Nkwerre LGA of Imo State.
The Archbishop said that preferment of priests is not done on the bases of age but in consideration f hardwork and output.
He cautioned the priests who, he said, turned their offices into political offices where they use parishioners to seek favour from the Diocesan instead of facing their priestly functions.
The Archbishop charged the newly collated Archdeacons to stand in righteousness and holiness in the discharge of their duties.
Preaching on the theme, What is your priority (1 Kings 3:5), Ven. Emmanuel Amaechi, the Archdeacon of Nwangele South Archdeaconry, advised Christians to make peace, progress, humility, evangelism and soul winning their priorities as Solomon made wisdom his priority.
Ven. Amaechi, the chairman of Bible Society of Nigeria, Imo Area II and Director of Clergy Studies in Orlu Diocese, said that God is happy when we ask for fruitful things than selfish ones, adding that God’s own priority is saving mankind from evil.
Responding, the newly collated Archdeacons, Ven. Morgan Edih and Ven (Barr.) Christian Onyirioha declared their consent to be bound by the regulations and canons of the Diocese.
The Chancellor of Orlu Diocese, Hon. Justice Goddy I. Anunihu (KSC) and the Diocesan Legal team were present at the service, including the member representing, Nkwerre State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Barr. Obinna Okwara, KSC among others.
Ven. Edih, until his new appointment, was the Archbishop’s Chaplain II while Ven. (Barr.)Onyirioha is the Asst. Clerical Synod Secretary and the Diocesan Legal Officer.