Last Sunday, the 18th of August 2019 was a blast of joy at the CIWA chaplaincy (OLHRC) as the Chaplain, Very Rev. Msgr Pius Kii (Ph.D), celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination to the sacred priesthood. The event, which convened a consternation of great men and women of society was chaired by the former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Dr. Peter Odili, accompanied by his wife Hon. Justice Mary Odili (JSC).
In his speech Dr. Odili expressed joy at the celebration and described Msgr. Kii as a special gift to the Church and Society.
The Homilist, Rev. Fr. Emeka Ngwoke (Ph.D) highlighted the transformation of the CIWA Chaplaincy under Msgr. Kii into a hub of modern pastoral services and the headquarters of the digital ministry in the Catholic Church in Nigeria.
He described Msgr. Kii as a home grown priest whose excellence parallels those of colleagues trained abroad, and sends the assuring signal that Nigeria is capable of building itself if her human and natural resources are judiciously engaged.
The event was given a touch of bliss with the dedication of the new Sanctuary of the Chaplaincy, finished in ornaments of gold. The sanctuary was dedicated by the Local Ordinary of the Diocese, Most Rev. C. A. Etokudoh, who described it as ‘heavenly’, and Msgr. Kii as a man of vision with a passion for the mission.
The Rivers State Governor, ably represented by the Secretary to the Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo unvieled the two books written by the celebrant and poured encomiums on him, describing him as a priest of rare intellectual insight and a great apostle of Church-State collaboration.
Some dignitaries who graced the occasion include former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia, Dr. Theo C. Osanakpo (SAN), Knights of the Church and their ladies, and an overwhelming crowd of men and women of goodwill.
The books, bothering on Sanctions in Canon Law and the Pedophilia crisis, were launched to support the building of a befitting Church in Kaa Town, the celebrant’s home to