It was glorious event on Saturday, July 20th, 2019, as the Catholic faithful of Bori Deanery waves in joy to welcome the Auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Eluke at 2019 Cathedraticum.
The occasion which was held to support the seat of the Bishop took place at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Taabaa, in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
In his homily, the Parish Priest of St. Gerald’s Catholic Church, Uegwere, Rev. Fr. Damian Poronen, charged the people to be supportive in their service to God.
He called on them to always appreciate the goodness of God and do good to others in order to gain God’s blessings. “You must be supportive and caring in your service to God, and always strive to do good as it attracts God’s blessings and favour. Be patient with your brothers and sisters and encourage one another especially the weak among you”, he charged.
Fr. Poronen called on the people to support the Bishop’s seat with all their hearts and prayed God to save them on their earthly journey.
In his welcome speech, the Dean of the Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bori, Rev. Fr. Joe Peter Sweneyaw recalled that the Auxiliary Bishop spent most of his youthful age working as a priest in the Deanery and in Ogoniland at large.
He enjoined the people to show appreciation to the Bishop and prayed him to always remember them in his prayers for peace and love to reign in the land. He thanked the host Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Cyprian Kooro and parishioners for the successful hosting of the event.
In his response, the Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Patrick Eluke thanked the faithful for coming enmass to show solidarity and love to the seat of the Bishop despite the economic downturn.
The Auxiliary Bishop recalled the many parishes and outstations he served within the Deanery during his posting, urged them to be steadfast, prayerful and be dedicated to the Rosary.
Dignitaries that graced the occasion were Very Rev. Fr. Joe-Peter Sweneyaw, Rev. Fr. Chrysogonus Amanze C.S.Sp, Rev. Fr. Damian Poronen, Rev. Fr. Tombari Dee, Rev. Fr. Jonah Eluke and Rev. Fr. Cyprian Kooro.
Others were Rev. Fr. Edward Patta, Rev. Fr. Christian Nkonwa, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Oonee, Rev. Fr. Stephen Agwor, Rev. Fr. Henry Nwambo and Kelvin Ile.
Also in attendance were the Knights and Ladies of St. John’s Int’l, St. Mulumba, Students of Bishop Okoye’s Spiritual Year, Various institutions, as well as the President of the DCCMO amongst others.