Three priests and six deacons were recently ordained by the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe, Rt. Rev. E.C.D. Osuegbu, PhD, JP, at the Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas, Okigwe.
In his charge, the bishop urged the newly-ordained, and indeed all priests, to fight corruption with the word of God, saying that it is the most effective way of checking the menace.
Bishop Osuegbu seized the opportunity to remind the families of the newly-ordained that henceforth they have become the property of the diocese and so they should no longer expect the new priests and deacons to honour all the family meetings.
He then urged their respective families to give them adequate encouragement and support so that they can concentrate on their calling and fulfill their ministries.
In his remarks, the Bishop of Ngbo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Christian Ebisike, charged the newly-ordained to remain faithful in the service of the Lord till the end of their lives as he prayed God to clothe them with humility and faith.
In his sermon, the Archdeacon of Christ’s Church, Owerri who was also the retreatant, Ven. Zion Ngoka, told the newly-ordained that they were being commissioned at a time they have to face the challenge of fighting corruption in Nigeria.
He urged them to purify themselves on a continuous basis having been purified and dedicated for the ministry so that God will use them effectively.
Ven. Ngoka submitted that everyone has a role to play in the great kingdom business and that God would use whoever purifies his or herself.
The three priests ordained were Reverends Kingsley Illoh, Chinedum Iwuajoku, and Longinus Mbaneto.
The six ordinands ordained deacons are; Harrison Ike, Ngozi Onwuzuruigbo, Ejikeme Nwogu, Daniel Nnadi, Henry Uzowuru and Maxwell Uwaezuoke.