The Port Harcourt Diocesan Council of St. Jude’s Society has successfully hosted a two-day general meeting of Calabar Province at the Diocesan Secretariat located at St. Jude’s Parish, Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt.
The meeting which was held from 10th to the 11th of May, 2019 was attended by top functionaries and devotees of St. Jude’s society from four out of the five Dioceses that make up the Province.
In attendance were the Provincial Chaplain, Very Rev. Fr. Peter Tombere, the Diocesan Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Jude Leela Sorgia, Provincial Promoter, Mr. Matthias Obiego among other as well as the executives and members of the host Diocese led by the President Mrs. Christie Abua.
Speaking on the benefits of hosting the two day meeting by the Diocese, Mrs. Abua said that the coming of the Provincial Excos and other committed devotees to the Diocese would add more strength to the effort of the Port Harcourt Diocesan Council, especially on evangelization.
She noted that the major challenge facing the society in the Diocese was the inability of many Catholics to realize the importance of the devotion to St. Jude and become devotees, a situation which she said; her leadership is working hard to change.
The Diocesan President stated that due to the lack of adequate number of devotees in many parishes in the Diocese, the society operates at Diocesan and Parish levels. She added that the current leadership in the Diocese was bent on making the devotion visible and attractive in all the parishes in Port Harcourt Diocese.
While calling on more people to join the growing list of devotees to St. Jude’s Society, Mrs. Abua said at present only 20 parishes have the devotion cutting across Port Harcourt, Rumuokoro, Rumuepirikom, Rumuokurusi, Oroigwe, Bori and Bodo Deaneries.
The Diocesan President also used the opportunity to call on the Provincial leadership to assist the Diocese in the area of support for the evangelical programmes and activities mapped out by the current leadership of the society in the Diocese.
“We want the Province to support and encourage us in all our activities so that we can grow and be a strong Diocese like Ogoja and Calabar Archdiocese”, she said.