PRIESTLY AND DIACONATE ORDINATION, 2018 PROVINCE OF ST JOSEPH THE WORKER, NIGERIA AND GHANA

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N° 209 Rome, September 6, 2018

PRIESTLY AND DIACONATE ORDINATION, 2018 PROVINCE OF ST JOSEPH THE WORKER, NIGERIA AND GHANA

The brothers of the Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana, give thanks to God for his many blessings in the life of the Province, especially, with the encouraging number of young men, who have,

over the years, become sons of the Order in this part of the world.

The atmosphere at St Thomas Aquinas Priory, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, was that of joy and excitement as the Province was blessed with 6 new priests and 10 new deacons. The Ordaining Prelate was Most Rev. Dr Hilary Nanman Dachelem, CMF, the Bishop of Bauchi Diocese.

The brothers raised to the order of presbyterate were: Victor Ukoh OP, Gregory Aabaa OP, James Rasaki OP, Gerald Isiguzo, OP, Br. Augustine Obiosa, OP, Br. Paulinus Onyenuru, OP and Emmanuel Ogadah, OP, who was ordained two weeks earlier at St Theresa Cathedral, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. This

makes the number of priests 7 in total. The Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Michael Nnachi Okoro, requested that the ordination of Rev. Emmanuel Ogadah, their son, take place at Abakaliki Diocese so as to encourage vocation to the religious life, since they have very few male religious groups in the Diocese.

The following brothers were raised to the order of diaconate: Moses Arung, OP, Samuel Akalite, OP, Raphael Amoah, OP, Michael Chilokoa, OP, Anthony Hamidu, OP, Emmanuel Ohayi, OP, Matthew Achunine, OP, Emmanuel Adama, OP, Charles Chibogu, OP and Jude Ibeh, OP.

In his homily, the ordaining Prelate appreciated the Dominican brothers for their services so far to the Church in Nigeria and Ghana. He commended the brothers for their constant availability for pastoral services, and most especially, for their services in the area of education which have led to the birth of a Dominican University in the Province. He also challenged the brothers to be great devotees of the Holy Rosary, and commended them for wearing it as a defence and fortress. He urged the faithful to take devotion to the Holy Rosary serious since we draw more grace from God through it. He admonished the ordinands not to sacrifice holiness of

life on the altar of intellectual pursuit. He advised them to always follow after the footsteps of St Dominic, who overcame the heresy of his time through prayers, and a life of holiness.

The event was well attended by family members of the ordinands, several priests and religious men and women from different Orders, congregations and dioceses. Also, members of the Dominican Family, Friends of the Dominicans and well-wishers were in attendance. The celebration was graced with light showers, as the Lord rained downed his blessings on all.

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The Province remains ever grateful to the generous support of men and women from different walks of life who continue to support the formation of Dominican brothers in the Province.

PROFESSION OF SOLEMN VOWS, 2018
PROVINCE OF ST JOSEPH THE WORKER, NIGERIA AND GHANA

On August 8, the Solemn Feast of St Dominic, 5 brothers made Profession of Solemn Vows in the Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. The Brothers are: Anthony Willie, OP, Anthony Akpan, OP, Jude-Thaddeus Anyaegbu, OP, Peter Lawrence, OP and Mathias Waribugo, OP.

The vows were made in the hands of the Prior Provincial, Br. Richard Ogedengbe, OP, at St Thomas Aquinas Priory, Ibadan, Oyo State. The celebration was very colourful as it witnessed the presence of the Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Most Rev.Dr. Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin, who presidedover the Eucharistic celebration. The Vicar of the Religious was present, with a hosts of priests from different dioceses and religious Orders and congregations. The presence of the male and female religious, family members, friends and worshipping community members also added

colour to the celebrations.

In his homily, the Prior Provincial, fr Richard

Ogedengbe, OP, admonished all in attendance to emulate the example of St Dominic, who understood his mission as a follower of Christ. In doing this, St. Dominic patterned his life after that of Christ; he did many things Christ did but he didn't do all that Christ did. His aim/intention was never to do everything Christ did but to simply follow him faithfully. We are also called not to do everything that Christ did but to strive to follow Christ simply as Dominic did. He added that, as the salt of the earth and the light of the world, we are called to bear witness to Christ by our vows of chastity,

poverty and obedience. In obedience, we surrender to the will of God through our superiors.

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fr. Charles UKWE, op

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