The Administrator of St. John’s Catholic Church, Rumuokwurusi, Port Harcourt, Rev. Fr. Samuel Inaku has informed the 12 newly invested major seminarians of Bishop Okoye’s Spiritual Year, Kpean in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, that priesthood is the fastest avenue to go to heaven or hell.
Fr. Inaku, who is the immediate past Rector of the Seminary, stated this in his homily on Thursday, August 15, 2019, during the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and enouraged the seminarians to be open, honest and sincere in all they do.
He reminded them that priesthood is not a-do-or-die affair. “That you put on sultan today does not guarantee your ordination as a priest. The decision to journey to priesthood is entirely yours”, he said.
Fr. Inaku enjoined the seminarians to see the Bishop as their father and represent their families, parishes and the whole Church. “You are meant to defend the faith. Emulate the Blessed Virgin Mary and remember that you shall be remembered by what you have done”, he insists.
In an address presented to the Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Patrick Eluke and read by the Primus, Mr. Anthony Woke, the 2018/2019 set expressed joy to God for the successful completion of the year which they described as “a year of formation, discipline, endurance and positive growth”.
The Seminarians acknowledged that they were the first set invested by the Auxiliary Bishop after his Episcopal Consecration and thanked Fr. Inaku and their Rector, Rev. Fr. Tombari Dee, formators and teachers for the job well done.
In an address presented by St. Francis Catholic Church, Kpean, the Parish congratulated Bishop Etokudoh for blessing the Diocese with a vibrant, visionary and a conscientious Auxiliary Bishop who had served in the parish.
They said that the Bishop’s presence was in no less measure to re-awaken their faith and revitalize their spiritual consciousness and hope.
In his response, Bishop Eluke told the seminarians that priesthood has gone beyond tribe or family and urged them to be mindful of what they say and do since the decision is theirs and not their parents or family members that persuaded them to embrace the vocation.
He enjoined them to take the vocation serious by being obedience to their formators, listen to instructions and shun any act that would bring shame to the Diocese. “If you know that you will disgrace us, do not go but I know you will not disgrace us”, he advised.
Bishop Eluke informed the people that the annual investiture is a Diocesan function and called on the Diocesan CMO, CWO and CYON to have full representation in the event beginning from August 2020, while the Diocesan CWO would cook to entertain the priests and religious.