– 2023 Cathedraticum kicks off in Enugu Diocese
By Njideka Eze
It is customary every year for the faithful to show their support and solidarity to the Bishop of the Diocese . The 2023 Cathedraticum was kick started at Agbani Deanery as Priests, Religious and lay faithful of the Deanery gathered in their numbers to show their love and support to the Bishop. Despite the hardship and uncertainties in the country , it is necessary for the gathering to encourage the Bishop to continue his good works which includes preferential option for the poor.
While welcoming the Bishop, Priests, Religious and lay faithful, the Dean of Agbani Deanery Very Rev. Fr. Zeowa Stanislaus Chinedu expressed his gratitude to God who enabled the day while praying for God’s blessings upon the families in the deanery.
His Lordship Bishop Onaga shared his excitement with the people whom he saw in their numbers despite the difficult challenges facing everyone in the country.
While expressing his concern about the difficult situations faced by the citizens, His Lordship wondered if the Leaders are actually concerned about the people they are leading . This is because according to him, it seems the past years are better than the year in view.
He however encouraged the people to remain steadfast in God while trusting in his mercy and compassion to navigate through the difficult situations .
Reflecting on the Gospel, His Lordship advised the faithful to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness just like the Master who forgave the servant of the big debt he owed and not like the servant who couldn’t forgive a lesser debt even when he enjoyed such forgiveness from his master.
According to His Lordship, “We are all frail and need to learn forgiveness.” He called on the youths to eschew violence while asking God for the virtue of patient . “If you expect forgiveness, forgive others”, His Lordship said.
He thanked the faithful for coming out to vote in the Election that was held on the 25th of February while encouraging them to come out en masse and vote in the remaining election, stressing that the remaining election is as important as the past ones as it concerns the states directly . He advised them to vote their conscience and whoever they are convinced is the best qualified for the job.
He further advised the people to go into farming as the rainy season comes on . His Lordship thinks that farming will guaranty steady supply of food and encouraged all to embrace farming especially now it looks like the farms are becoming safe again.
The Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. Aguigwo finally thanked God for good health and life
while thanking the Bishops of the Diocese, the Priests, Deans and Organs of the church and all who helped to make the day successful.