NINE persons have been ordained as Catholic priests by the Archbishop of Onitsha Diocese, Most Rev Valerian Okeke
The ordination service, which held at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha, was attended by the Council of Knights, Laity Councils and other faithful in the diocese.
Performing the ordination ceremony, Bishop Okeke spelt out duties of clerics in pastoral work, strengthening and deepening the faith of the faithful in the gospel.
He called on the priests to emulate the early apostles by reflecting on the mandate of the master.
Bishop Obi, while highlighting the importance of trust in winning souls for Christ, cautioned the priests against disappointing the Church and society at large, and encouraged them with the assurance that God who commissioned them will give them grace to succeed.
In an interview, one of the newly ordained priests, Rev Fr. Obinna Okafor promised to be true to their vows in serving God and humanity.
He equally glorified God for giving them the grace to be his ambassador, charging his colleagues to always live exemplary life.
In a remark, Rev Fr. Mmaduchiam Ututo asked the ordained to always be steadfast in discharging their duties, stressing that they are role model to the Church.
Family members, friends and well-wishers who came to share in their joy poured out prayers for God to equip them as the apostles of the old.
Laying of hands by the bishop and formal presentation of the ordained to the congregation formed the high points of the event