-Late Fr. Ndulue Laid to Rest
By Chikezie Ogbonna
The remains of Late. Fr. Louis Ndulue was laid to rest today 28th June at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu.
Late Very Rev. Fr. Louis Chinenyeze Ndulue died on Thursday June 1, 2023 after a protracted illness.
The Mass presided by the Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese had in attendance Bishop of Awgu Diocese, Most Rev. John Okoye, the Emeritus Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Gbuji, Priests, Religious and Lay faithful of the Diocese.
In his opening remark at the beginning of mass, the Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Ernest Obodo expressed the deep pain felt in the Diocese at the news of the demise of Fr. Ndulue as he narrated the level of effort the Diocese made to save his life while he battled with sickness.
Delivering the Homily, the Vicar General, Very Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Aguigwo reminded the faithful that Christ having changed the concept of death through his resurrection, everything became clearer and more hopeful.
According to him, Death is not an annihilation, rather, It is passing unto glory for those who believe in Christ, live in Christ and die in Christ. Death, he said, is the departing of the soul from the Body.
“We have certain feelings of death. Feelings of disappointment, feeling of separation, feeling of sorrow and the feeling of helplessness. Feeling of depression. These are realities before us now”, he noted.
Describing the late Fr. Ndulue, he said;
“Fr. Ndulue served the Church with all his strength.
He was a curia member for so many years. He was a dean for so long, represented the Bishop. He was a peacemaker and was posted to some parishes specifically to make peace.”
The Vicar General further noted that people who live as if they are not going to die will die as if they never lived.
“If we live a careless life, we die a careless death. Let us not be too busy to life as to forget the end of life. If we are not careful enough, the end of our life will take us unawares.
“No matter our positions and possessions, we are still merely visitors on earth, we are all on transit on earth. What goes up in life, invariably comes down”, He said.
Going further in His Homily, Fr. Aguigwo enumerated practical steps to approach the end of life and prepare for the inevitability of death without fear.
According to him,
One needs to prepare his will carefully to avoid confusion, begin to detach from things, especially material things which you must definitely at the end detach from, Be just and fair with your dealings with people, Be upright in life, live a life of integrity, begin to attach to spiritual values before it becomes late and live with the consciousness that it will all end one day.
“Therefore, let us try and attain the eternal joy by living a good life here on earth. Live your life alright, but do not forget or ignore the end of your life. Remember judgment after death and live a good life”, he admonished as he concluded His Homily.
Until his death, Late Fr. Ndulue recently retired from active service as the Parish Priest of St. Theresa, Idaw River and was resident at the Parish.
Rev. Fr. Louis Chinenyeze Ndulue was born as the fifth child out of the nine children of late Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Maria Ndulue of Umudioka Neni, Anocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. He started his Primary education at St. Patrick’s Ogbete, Enugu and finished bagging a distinction.
In 1970, he entered St. John of Cross Seminary, Nsukka and began his journey to the English language inclusive. He also entered for WAEC in November 1974 and came out in Division 1.
After his success in London GCE, he was posted to teach at Sacred Heart Seminary Nsude on one year Junior apostolic work. In 1975, he was sent to do his philosophical studies at the then Bigard Memorial Seminary, Ikot Ekpene. After his studies in philosophy, he obtained his B.Phil (Hon) degree and returned to Bigard Enugu in 1979 for Theological studies.
In December 1982, he was ordained a Deacon. On the 2nd of July 1983, he was ordained a priest at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui Enugu by Late Bishop M.U.Eneja.
May his soul Rest In Peace. Amen