CATHOLIC Diocese of Ekwulobia and Igboukwu community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State recently celebrated the life and times of Msgr Raphael Chukwubunna Anasiudu, their first indigenous priest.
They collectively called to mind the impactful and committed life of service lived by the great priest which started with a concelebrated Eucharist celebration at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Igboukwu, Monday, and was concluded during the funeral/months mind organised in honour of the priest.
Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, who led in the concelebrated funeral mass and many others in attendance described the deceased as a great pastor of God.
The Catholic Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese, Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke in his homily titled, ‘God is calling us to a life of resurrection’ stated that Msgr Anasiudu tried so well to live a life of resurrection.
Bishop Okpaleke, drawing from the biblical reading, narrated the incidence of the empty tomb that happened after the death of Christ and called on the faithful and family members to be strong, noting that Msgr Anasiudu had joined Christ having preached Christ with all his heart while on earth.
He described him as an agent of peace and a good source of inspiration to the younger generation, among other qualities and beckoned on all to emulate the sound qualities of the great servant of Christ. He pointed out that Msgr Anasiudu was a happy priest and died happily.
On his part, the Director of Social Communications in Ekwulobia Diocese, Msgr Jerome Madueke, expressed that Msgr Anasiudu would forever be remembered for an exemplary life, lived in the service of God and humanity.
The Igboukwu community described him as a mentor, role model, pathfinder, adding that he contributed to the political, religious, social and economic development of Igboukwu community.
Msgr Anasiudu was born on October, 24, 1936 to family of late Joseph and Sussana Umeokafo Eze Anasiundu in Ezigbo Village, Igboukwu. He was ordinaed priest on April 25, 1965.
Msgr Rapheal Anasindu died on Sunday, July 19, 2020, after a brief illness at the age of 84. He became the first priest to be buried at the priest’s cemetery, St Joseph’s Cathederal,Ekwulobia.