By Gid Ahanonu
The Easter Sunday service at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri was colourful as the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha PhD, used the occasion to collate eight priests that were elevated to canons of the cathedral.
In his sermon at the occasion, Bishop Okorocha decried the lack of love among Ndi-Igbo, which, he said, has impeded the progress of the people.
He urged them to turn a new leaf, adding that the message of Easter was about repairing fellowships.
Anybody who wants God’s blessings, he said, should imbibe the culture of love, adding that God sent His son to teach the way of life, love and humility in service.
The prelate reiterated the need for Christians not to engage in gossips or retaliation of evil alone to them but to settle for peaceful resolution of disputes and praying together as family.
Bishop Okorocha, who urged religious leaders to shun materialism and live according to their calling, which is service to God, enjoined the new canons to spread God’s message.
He said that they should not dwell on high theology standards, adding that the “higher you rise in theology, the loner you are in God’s presence”.
“No love, no peace, no peace, no progress,” he explained.
He also urged the Canon’s wives not to stay away from their husbands as both of them are involved in the ministry of God, stressing the need for them to live exemplary lives and to build a good family.
He warned the women to abstain from ungodly acts.
The Canons are Rev. Cans Innocent C. Agunane, Kingsley C. Njoku, Chris Mejuru, Chukwuma Ekeanyanwu, Evans Chidi, Emma C. Agoha, Timothy Ashama, and Michael Onyedineke who was received from Diocese of Akure.
By Gid Ahanonu