Anglican Communion: 11 Deacons Ordained Priests
Newly ordained priests have been enjoined to do their prophetic and priestly work according to the Order of Christ as anointed servants of God.
In his counsels at Holy Trinity Church, Anglican communion, Apumiri-Ubakala, Umuahia South L.G.A, of Abia State, during the Advent Ordination Of Priests, The Rt. Rev’d Geoffrey Ibeabuchi, Bishop Umuahia Anglican Diocese further charged them to present themselves wholly to God’s service as they were called to work as Pastors, Priests, Prophets and Teachers.
Bishop Ibeabuchi pointed out that it is the task of priests to proclaim by word and deed the gospel of Jesus Christ and to fashion their lifestyles in accordance with its precepts.
He reminded the new priests that they cannot bear the weight of the ministry in their own strength hence the need for them to pray to God continuously, continually and earnestly for His Holy Spirit, grace and power.
His words, “You are to love and serve the people among whom you work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor. You are to preach, to declare God’s forgiveness to penitent sinners, to pronounce God’s blessings, to preside at the administration of Holy baptism and at the celebration of the mysteries of Christ’s body and blood, and to perform the other ministrations entrusted to you”.
He further enjoined them to promote peace, unity and love among all the brethren and also fashion their lives and that of their households according to the way of Christ.
Bishop Ibeabuchi prayed God to give the new priests the will and strength to undertake the tasks He has assigned them, so that they would perform and complete tasks.
Earlier in his sermon captioned, “Jesus Christ The Light Of The World”, with text respectively drawn from the Bible books of Matthew chapter 5 verse 14; John 8 verse 12; James chapter 3 verse 4; John chapter 4 and chapter 9, the preacher and Director of Missions, Church of Nigeria, Ven. Oliver Ofoegbu charged the congregation to be the light that affects the society positively through championing the course/cause of humanity.
Ven. Ofoegbu specifically enjoined the new priests to be problem solvers and not confusionists, obstacles or a regret to the Bishop and the Church.
He harped the need for the Church to always present priests who are suitable and qualified in their learning and character for ordination, so that they will exercise their ministry to the honour of God and the edifying of His church.
He reminded them that the are being sent to be teachers about God , sacredness of human lives and dignity of human person; to be a source of consolation to them ,to be Christ in whatever they are doing, and transparent so that people will see Christ in them.
While counseling them not to disappoint God, he enjoined them to emulate Christ who is gentle in heart and be polite while dealing with members of the Church, as the secret of success of priesthood lies in humility.
Ven. Ofoegbu encouraged the new priests not to grief over problems but to see it as an opportunity to shine through solving them, adding, “You can’t be a General without going to war”, hence the need for the priests to accept all posting in good faith without grudging.
He charged the congregation to strive to uphold the new priests in their ministry and always pray for them.
The Deacons that were ordained priests include: Rev. Chidiebere Enyinnaya Emeh; Rev. Ugochukwu Chinomso Ebere; Rev. Ngozi Sylvanus Onwugbufor (Esq); Rev. Josephus Ogechi Ihedigbo; Rev. Nnamdi Chidozie Nwachukwu and Rev. Godswill Effiong Etido.
Others include: Rev. Godwin Ezeoma Uche; Rev. David Onyekachi Ogbonna; Rev. Ifeanyichukwu Clinton Chukwunonso Mbakwe; Rev. Jonathan Chukwuma Njoku and Rev. Donatus Dickson Chukwu.
Before the ordination, the new priests took the oath of office and allegiance – oaths of canonical obedience; oaths of submission; oath of allegiance to God; and declaration against homosexuality, before the Chancellor, Chief Magistrate Juliet Rex Chikezie who deputized for Bishop Ibeabuchi.