By Chikezie Ogbonna
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu ordained 27 new deacons today, 6th June 2020.
The ordination of the new deacons at St. Mary Pro Cathedral, Udi was officiated by the Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Ernest Obodo.
In his sermon, Bishop Obodo urged the newly ordained deacons to be people who are ready to serve selflessly in the vineyard of God.
His Lordship describing the desire to be great and influential as one of the cardinal aspect that is central to man however bemoaned the obtainable trend now where people aim for success without having to work hard for it.
To that effect, he reminded the newly ordained deacons that their call to service is that of sacrifice and centered on their total surrender to God.
“The desire to be great and influential is central to all men.
Today, people want to be rich without working for it. People want to get to the promise land without passing through the desert, People want to wear the crown without passing through the cross.” His Lordship decried.
Bishop Obodo who acknowledged how much they have labored to get to that stage, implored them just as St. Paul described deacons in the bible, to be of clean heart, espouse sincerity and be moderate with drinks.
He further identified deacons as special servants whose life has been totally surrendered to the power of God with all their possessions belonging to God and are susceptible to an assured underlying factor which he described as a divine indelible transformation.
His Lordship also enjoined them to be prayerful at all time.
Amongst the 27 candidates ordained deacons today after many years of training, 24 of them belong to the Catholic Diocese of Enugu while 3 belongs to the Capuchin religious order.
They are; Agu Augustine Amobihukwu, Agu John Ekene, Agu Peter Chukwu, Amadi Gerald Ifeanyichukwu, Aneke Charles Ifeanyi, Anidiobi Kizito Madauabuchi, Chime John Chibuike, Didiugwu Malachy Ugonna, Edeh Maurice Chinedu, Aloike Valentine Onyedika, Emi Anthony Okechukwu and Ezeakuwanne Peter Chukwunonso.
Others are; Ibekwe Obediah Chinenye, Neboh Remigus Olisa Emeka, Nnaji Kenneth Onyinye, Odoh Sunday Chinonso, Offor John Ikechukwu, Ogbu Cajetan Johnbosco Chidiebere, Ogbu Cyprian Iloabuchi, Okafor Charles Ifeanyichukwu, Orji Christopher Nnanyelugo, Uchendu Mathew Chukwuma and Ugwu Philemon Okechukwu while Eze Franics Chijioke (OFM Cap.), Nwachukwu kingsely Chinedu (OFM Cap.) and Odoh Timothy Nnamdi (OFM Cap.) belong to the Capuchin religious order.