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Owerri Provincial Clergy ends conference at Okigwe

Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Okigwe, recently played host to the bi-ennial conference of the clergy in the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri. In his opening address at the conference with the theme; “The priest as a watchman in a corrupt society,” the Archbishop of the Province and Bishop of Ideato, Most Rev. Dr. Caleb Maduoma, lamented that the Nigerian society as at present leaves so much to be desired and needed to be salvaged from the present drift. In the address read by the Bishop of Egbu, Rt Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, the Archbishop challenged the clergy to always search out for appropriate measures to inculcate good morals to all those already lost in the perverse Nigerian society, urging them to stand firm in the condemnation of evil and corruption. He equally called on priests to challenge false doctrines, false prophesies and false teaching. Speaking on the theme of the one-day conference as guest speaker, the Bishop of Egbu, Rt Rev. Okorafor described priests as God’s oracles with the responsibility to the people and that failure to fulfill such roles would attract God’s judgment against them. He urged priests not to allow their senses of judgment to be beclouded by unrighteous considerations and their boldness to say the truth influenced by the desire to please known financiers of their churches. Among the bishop’s present were Rt Rev. Godson Ukamoa of Isi-Mbano, the past chairman, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunenye of Oru and the host, Rt Rev. Edward Osuegbu of Okigwe.

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