The Dominican Spirituality in Married Life: A Wedding of Young Lay Dominicans in Nigeria

The Wedding Ceremony of Dr. Isioma Diji and Mr. Micheal Nwodo
The Wedding Ceremony of Dr. Isioma Diji and Mr. Micheal Nwodo

Every time two people come together to join their lives in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, it is a very special occasion which brings about rejoicing and tears of joy for all who are present to witness such a joyous occasion. Now, what made this particular marriage special is the fact that both the bride and groom are young lay Dominicans. They both met during their activities as Dominican Youths. They met, they saw the sign and they began the journey together guided by the Dominican Spirituality.

On the 13th of August 2016, Dr. Judith Isioma Diji (the immediate past National Coordinator of Dominican Young Heart Movement (DYHM) in Nigeria and African Coordinator for the International Dominican Youth Movement (IDYM)) said “I do” to Mr. Michael Chukwuka Nwodo (the former National Syndic of DYHM Nigeria) who in turn reciprocated the gesture.

The wedding took place at Holy Family Catholic Church, Barnawa, Kaduna. The Eucharistic celebration commenced with the Voice of Angel’s Choir leading the entrance hymn. The officiating priest was Fr. Oluyemi Taiwo, OP (Promoter of the Dominican family in Nigeria) and he was assisted by Fr. Jude-Mary Owoh, OP. Bro. Moses Arung, OP was also present.

The readings were taken from the book of Genesis and the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians by the couple. The Gospel according to Matthew was taken by Fr Jude-Mary who also delivered the homily. In his homily, he highlighted the importance of the four pillars of Dominican spirituality (community life, study, prayer and preaching) to married life, and encouraged the couple to live in love and harmony. He also urged families and friends to continually pray for the couple.

Fr Taiwo took the couple through the rite of marriage during which the bride and groom voiced their mutual consent loud and clear. Before the final blessing, the couple signed their marriage certificate in the presence of the celebrant and their sponsors.

The Eucharistic celebration was followed by a joyful and sumptuous reception for friends and family. It was fun all the way as the couple danced, dramatized, cut their cake and fed each other. What a wedding! What a Dominican couple! You might not believe it, but St Dominic might have shed a few tears of joy and fatherly pride!


(18 August 2016)