…Welcomes 2022/2023 Episcopal Household Seminarians
AWKA Diocesan Priests, religious, 2021/2022 out-going and 2022/2023 in-coming Episcopal Household, Tuesday, witnessed the celebration of Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor’s annual Iwaji Festival.at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral’s refectory.
The visibly elated priests were seen in their numbers adorning all manner of traditional attires.
Bishop Ezeokafor expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life and also for the bountiful harvest, saying that God had actually blessed and rewarded their handwork, adding that there was dignity in labour.
‘We are grateful to God for this. He has shown that He loves and reward hardwork. We are appreciative of God has done. You cannot do without your culture.
“We hold our culture and tradition in high esteem. We place high premium on our culture. It is our identity. This is my 14-15 years I have celebrated this special season. New Yam Festival is what we are here to celebrate,” he said.
Receiving and appreciating the 2021/2022, 2022/2023 Episcopal Household Seminarians, the Local Ordinary charged the incoming to be of good conduct and work towards surpassing their predecessors, noting that they would be recognised and appreciated for putting in their best at the end of their stay, even as he commended the outgoing seminarians for carrying out their assignments to the best of their abilities.
In separate speeches, the chancellor of the diocese, Rev Fr Charles Ndubuisi, Bishop Ezeokafor’s secretary, Rev Fr Evaristus Ifeanacho, the Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr Patrick Okafor, Financial Administrator, Rev Paulinus Okonkwo, the bursar of the diocese, Rev Fr Michael Oguno, former Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr Patrick Chukwuma, and a lecturer in the Department of Igbo , African and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Rev. Fr Dr. Patrick Umezi extolled the bishop for his fatherly love and care as well as the way and manner he is piloting the affairs of the Diocese.
They advised the new Seminarians to be useful to themselves, community, church and society at large, emphasising that there is no short cut to success.
Speaking on behalf of the outgoing seminarians, Dim Shalom thanked God for mercy and blessings and for seeing them through. He applauded the bishop, priests and religious for their guidance and asked God to reward them abundantly.
Presentation of cash and gift items to the outgoing seminarians, cutting and eating the new yam with well garnished sauce by the bishop, rendering of beautiful rendition by the Bishop Ezeokafor’s St Patrick’s Choir, formed the highpoints of the occasion.