By Gid Ahanonu
The Bishop of Owerri Diocese (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah Ph.D, JP last Sunday confirmed 65 Anglican Faithful for Orogwe Parish at St. Mark’s Anglican Church Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
The newly confirmed also received their first holy communion during the confirmation service.
In his remarks, the Bishop commended the Archdeacon of Orogwe and Vicar of Orogwe Parish, Ven. Dr. James Onyekwelibe, the clergy and other church workers in the area as well as their wines for the synergy existing among them, which promotes efficiency in pastoral ministry, urging them to sustain it.
He charged the newly confirmed to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, having received the holy spirit even as he emphasized the need for them to shun evil vices in the society.
Bishop Oparah equally charged them to always remain good ambassadors of the families, church and the nation by living exemplary life of a Christian.
In his sermon, Rev. Canon Joseph Igbo charged Christians especially the congregation of Orogwe to always be prepared to serve God with all they have, assuring them of God protection and guidance.
He cautioned them against hypocrisy, enmity, quarrels and other evil behavours.
Canon Igbo, who is the Rector of Orodo Central Rectory, charged the newly confirmed to embark on evangelism and begin to spread the gospel of Christ without fear, stressing that by confirmation they have received power from God through the Holy Spirit.
In their remarks, some procurement members of the church, Barr. Bethel Nzimako, Sir Chief Ahuakagha and Mr Jerome Anorue expressed their happiness over the occasion, thanking the Bishop and his wife for their prayers and blessings.
They also commended their Vicar, Ven. James Onyekwelibe for his pragmatic leadership in carrying everybody along in the scheme of things, especially the youths.
The Eucharistic service was conducted by Ven. James Onyekwlibe. The Old Testament lesson and epistle were read by two of the confirmation candidates while the gospel was read by Rev. Canon Geoffrey Iroenyenwa.
The service also featured inspiring anthems by the church choir ably led by Sir Emma Nnadi.
In his vote of thanks, Ven. Onyekwelibe expressed gratitude to the bishop and his wife for the Episcopal visit despite their crowded schedule.