On Friday June 30, 2017, five catechist were commissioned at Brother Roman Centre, Ekpoma after completing a three year training programme in the centre. The catechists commissioned were for Uromi and Auchi Dioceses:
1) Catechist Momodu Wilfred, St Anselm’s Catholic Church, Irrua, Diocese of Uromi.
2) Catechist Samuel A. Itsone, St Peter’s Catholic Church, Diocese of Auchi.
3) Catechist Omonjeva Peter, St Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Diocese of Uromi.
4) Catechist Ajor Emmanuel, St Benedict’s Catholic Church, , Diocese of Uromi.
5) Catechist Obulu Emmanuel St Anthony Cathedral, Diocese of Uromi.
Present at the event were: Very Rev. Fr. Francis Omonlumen (Vicar General and representative of the Bishop of Uromi Diocese), Very Rev. Fr. Richard Oboh, Very Rev. Fr. Francis Okhah (Chaplain of Catechist Commission), Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Ovienloba, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Umahonlen, Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, Rev. Fr. Peter Ebalunegbeifo, Rev. Fr. Alexander Onowanse, Rev. Fr. Leonard Elomien.
In his homily, Very Rev. Fr. Francis Omonlumen encouraged the catechists to be people of integrity, honesty and truth, to work hard in the vineyard of the Lord and not to count the cost. The newly commissioned catechists were also admonished to go all out and evangelize, and not to be afraid of the challenges that lay ahead of them. He admonished them to be passionate about their work to find fulfillment, to bear fruits that will last and not be swept away.
The seminarians of St. John of the Cross added beauty to the event with sonorous songs. Fr. Francis Okhah, the Chaplain of the Catechist Commission was the Master of ceremony. The Sisters of Jesus and Mary were also on ground with their support and care.
Parishioners turned out from various parishes to support the catechists who were being commissioned. Gratitude was also expressed to all the lecturers who took time off to help the catechists in their training in order to actualize this day. Family members of the various catechists were also on ground to witness this commissioning of the catechists and rejoice with them.
At the end of the commissioning, one of the catechist spoke on behalf of the others on their eagerness and readiness to commence their ministry as trained catechist in service of the Church and spread of the kingdom of God
Rev. Sr. Marie O’ Halloran, Directress of the centre, thanked all present and encouraged them to continue their support for these newly commissioned catechists. Refreshment followed and a day of gratitude and joy was experienced by all.
By Staff Reporter