Peace and hope.
I wish to share with you an article I asked Rev Joshua to write about his diaconal ordination and the pictures he sent for our THA news and Salesian Bulletins.
Vocation as it is said is a gift and a blessing from God who continually sends ministers to take care of His sheep. And so, on 19th June AFW Province celebrated the priestly Ordination of Rev Justin Oguocha now Fr Justin and the Deaconate ordination Ordination of S. Joshua Pilaku who was ordained deacon at St. John’s Parish Neni the hometown of Fr. Justin. The celebration began at around 10:0am.
The mass was presided by His Lordship Most. Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese. During the homily which directed mainly to the candidates for the Orders, the bishop reminded them of their Vows; especially the vow of Obedience. “You have to be obedient”, he said, Personally, that’s the most difficult thing for me. But we have to obey. Jesus Himself was obedient to the Father. So be obedient to your superiors and to the Ordinary. More so, you are called to serve so make sure you are there at the service of the people of God. Visit the sick, preach the word of God in Truth and live according to it as well. The bishop also reminded the candidates to respect women and never to quarrel with the women organisation. On this note he pleaded with the women to also respect the clergy, help them to keep their vow of Chastity, do not try to fall them down. Of course, you are good people, active in the church but please let’s help them to be faithful, pray for them the Bishop said. The bishop told Justin and Joshua that after your ordination people would be dancing because of your ordination. Do you know why? It’s because they’ve got someone who would die for them. Cry, rejoice with the people. Leave your comfort zones. Finally, the bishop told the candidates to be prayerful: Justin and Joshua always pray the office of the readings and your prayers. The ordination rites continued and both candidates received their orders Joyfully. After the mass the reception followed.