The Auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese, Most Rev. Patrick Eluke, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 called on parents of Major Seminarians at the annual reunion held at Sacred Heart Seminary, Rumuibekwe, Port Harcourt, to advice their sons against eating food prepared and sent to them inside food flasks.
The Bishop, who explained the danger for eating such food, reiterated that food flasks kills and called on seminarians to avoid people who prepare and send food to them in food flasks.
Bishop Eluke, who is also the Diocesan Vocations Director, frowned at Seminarians’ use of cell phone on campuses. He observed that many of them spent hours on social media instead of minding their formation.
“If your son is asked to withdraw, nobody should come to beg. It is your duty to supervise them. You should know the kind of friends they keep”, he said.
He told the parents that the Diocese is not ready for compromise. “You are one of the agents of formation, do your best, guide them and do not tolerate their excesses. Help your sons stay out of trouble and against mingling with the opposite sex”, he charged.
Bishop Eluke, who acknowledged the good behaviour of some Seminarians also noted the gross misconduct of some. “On no account should a seminarian challenge or disobey a priest. Poor academic performance is one of the criteria that would make us ask some of them to withdraw. Do not count years for your son, the Church knows when to ordain them”, he added.
He thanked the parents for their support and prayed them not to relent in the good work they are doing.
In his homily at the Holy Mass, a member of the Diocesan Vocations’ Team and Parish Priest of Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Rumuepirikom, Rev. Fr. Raphael Kpeden called on Christians to always be ready because no one knows the hour when the Son of God will come.
He encouraged Seminarians never to give up instead to be known by their good work. “Be conscious of who you are, be a light to the world and know that you are undergoing formation”, he stressed.
Fr. Kpeden told the parents who attended the reunion in their numbers to inspect their children. “If you do not inspect them today, do not expect anything good from them in the future”, he said.
85 Diocesan Seminarians were at the reunion.