St. Francis Legionaries hold joint Presidia function

Parishioners of St. Francis Parish Rumuokwuta, Port Harcourt were on Sunday 9th September 2018 treated to a verity of spiritual and social events as the 24 presidiums that make up the Seat of Wisdom Curia in the Parish, held a joint presidia function in commemoration of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The celebration which featured various activities including spiritual talks, quiz competition among the senior presidiums, cultural dance, drama and chorography presentations and a thanksgiving Mass was rounded off with an elaborate reception.
Addressing the Legionaries on the occasion, the Spiritual Director and the Assistant Parish Priest, Fr Felix Nwosu stated that the Blessed Virgin Mary was very cooperative with God the Father in the work of salvation, adding that in referring to Blessed Virgin Mary as co-redemptorist, one needs to be careful not to commit heresy by equating Blessed Virgin Mary with God and Christ.
“God has honoured her and we have to follow. Mary has no power of her own, but only cooperating with the grace of God in the process of human salvation, and relying on the power of her son, Jesus Christ”, he said
Fr Nwosu further explained that as Mary accepted to be an instrument for human salvation, so should Christians and Catholics be responsible in working for the salvation of one another adding that the act of seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary remains a beautiful and profitable thing for all Christians to do.
In his remark at the occasion, Chairman of the day, Dr. Gabriel Pidomson, described the Blessed Virgin Mary as a strong ally for anyone who would seek her intercession on any challenge in life.
Dr Pidomson, who declared that being closer to the Mother of Christ means being closer to Christ, called on legionaries to persevere in saying their Rosary on daily basis adding that those who involve the Mother of Christ in their affairs would not lose any of their battles.
The Chairman who himself is a Legionary, recalled his first contact with legionaries in 1996, and urged members to remain strong in their membership and to do so with strong conviction.
In a welcome address, the Curia President Mrs. Silverline Vinazor described the year’s celebration which is first under the new leadership of the Curia, as a laudable and memorable one as it is the first with a woman as Curia president since the inception of Legion activities in the Parish.
She stated that the joint presidia function was an annual ritual which was recommended by the Legion Handbook adding that whoever has spent time, talent or treasure in making the event a success, would always receive commensurate reward.
Mrs. Vinazor explained that the primary aim of the joint function was to reunite legionaries from the different presidium, as well beckon on those who were yet to become members to do so. She urged members to ensure that those they invited would eventually accept to become members of Legion of Mary.

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