Community Gets Indigenous Priest 37 Years After
By Our Reporter
The people of Amucha in Njaba L.G.A, Orlu zone, in Imo State have reasons to smile and give thanks to God as they finally got an indigenous Catholic priest after 37 years.
One of their sons, Rev. Fr. Benedict Izuchukwu was among the 13 new Catholic priests ordained at Mater Dei Catholic cathedral Umuahia, Abia State by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia diocese, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji.
Answering questions from a cross section of Journalists shortly after the priestly ordination service, one of the villagers, Chief Pascal Uzoukwu expressed joy that after years of struggles, one of their sons succeeded to be a Catholic priest as many have tried but couldn’t make it.
He encouraged the new priest to maintain focus and carry out the priestly assignment he has been called upon diligently.
“Make the Bible your companion, do what is right and teach the flock under you.Do not allow any form of distraction to take you away from your call”, Chief Uzoukwu further advised.
Speaking also, Rev. Fr. Benedict Izuchukwu, who happens to be the first Reverend Father from his St Pascal Parish, Orlu in Imo state, after 37 years, thanked God for seeing him through the seminary, revealing that many started with them but couldn’t finish successfully.
He expressed joy and thanks to God Almighty for making him a priest to serve in His vineyard.
His words, ” It is not easy, but His mercy made it possible, I am who I am today because of the grace of God, not by merit, at least I have broken the record for the past 37 years my community had not produced any priest of God”.