Nation Building: Gov. Ikpeazu Appreciates The Church, Restates Support
By Our Reporter
Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie lkpeazu has appreciated the close and robust relationship existing between Government and Churches in the smooth running of governance and advancement of the Gospel of Christ.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu gave the commendation during the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary, Mother of Mercy Generalate, Ohokobe Afaraukwu in Umuahia North L.G.A, of the state
Gov. Ikpeazu who reaffirmed his administration’s committment to collaborate with the Catholic Church and Churches across the State in areas that will benefit the State and humanity, congratulated the Congregation for their fifty years of faithful service and committment in their vocational callings despite obvious challenges.
He appreciated God for leading them to the lofty heights they have attained from a humble beginnings.
He further commended members of the Congregation for not only spreading the gospel of Christ across the world, but for their enormous investments in terms of infrastructural development.
Gov. Ikpeazu thanked the founding fathers of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy Generalate as well as all who nurtured the vision and contributed to the wonderful achievements recorded so far.
Dr lkpeazu used the forum to congratulate the ordained Deacons and prayed God to see them through their callings as well as enjoined the Church to continue to intercede for God’s intervention and healing on the and Nation as it passes through terrible phases of insecurity and economic instability.
Earlier in his homily, the Papal Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, The Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu urged all to be Christlike by eschewing all forms of dichotomy among God’s people.
He charged the newly ordained Deacons to live up to their reputations and look upon Christ who they preach and proclaim and congratulated the Congregation for attaining fifty years of witnessing to God’s Mercy.
In their remarks, the Auxiliary Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, The Most Rev Michael Kalu Ukpong and the Superior General, Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation, The Very Rev Father George Okorie commended the Founder, late Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Bishop Anthony Gogo Nwedo for establishing the religious Congregation as well as other pioneer leaders and members for their doggedness and labour of love in advancing the vision of the Congregation.
The Service which featured the ordination and consecration of eight candidates as Deacons.