The Catholic Bishop of Port Harcourt, Most Rev. Dr. Camillus Etokudoh has said that his prayer intention for the coming year 2020, is for the unity of all peoples as contained in the prayer of Christ in gospel of john chapter 17 verses 21.
The Bishop disclosed his prayer intentions during an interactive session with members of the Diocesan Council of League of Scared Heart of Jesus, Apostleship of Prayer who were in his office for their annual Christmas visit and to give their support for the training of priests for the diocese.
The prelate stated that unity in this context does not mean that everyone is same and equal, but that there is need for people irrespective of who they are and what they do to unite in faith, action and in all aspects of human endeavour.
Bishop Etokudoh, who recalled his membership of the league from his days in the seminary, to his ordination as a priest and a bishop, charged members across the diocese to continue to pray for the priests, adding that the peace that is required in the diocese is such that both the laity and the clergy will continue to collaborate for the peace and unity of all people.
The Bishop commended members of the league for their membership and activities in the diocese, expressed the desire to see that Christ is enthroned in the hearts of all Catholics and in their homes.
Diocesan Chaplin of the League, Rev. Fr. Fabian-Martins Obungwah who led the delegation which included the National President of the League, Mr. Cosmas Ogbu, Diocesan President, Mr. Damian Illoegbunam and other parish and Deanery leaders, thanked the Bishop for his fatherly role and approval of most of the activities of the league in the out going year.
He said the essence of the visit was not only to give the bishop the support in training of priests, but also to wish the bishop a merry Christmas and happy year 2020.
Earlier in a remark, the Diocesan President, Mr. Damian Illoegbunam, told the bishop that some of the achievements of the league in the out going year includes; inauguration of the diocesan Patron Council, establishment of the League in Police Chaplaincy in Oyigbo, consecration of 32 inmate of Port Harcourt Correctional Service to Sacred Heart of Jesus, among others.
While assuring the Bishop that members of the league across the diocese will continue to pray for the intentions as announced, Mr. Illoegbunam appealed to the bishop to grace the 2020 feast of the sacred heart with his presence.
Highpoints of the visit and interactive session was the presentation of some prayer books and league of sacred heart branded chasuble to the bishop.