The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor (5th from left, front row), pose with the 61 instructors on Natural Method of Family Planning and their formators, after their inauguration. The bishop is flanked on his right by the chaplain of Family and Human Life Committee, Awka Diocese, Very Rev Msgr. Jerome Madueke, Oct 8, 2017.
The Catholic Diocese of Awka has inaugurated 61 members of Family and Human Life Committee as instructors on Natural Method of Family Planning. The instructors, who were inaugurated after their rigorous and intensive trainings, are expected to go round the parishes of the diocese and educate couples on the practice of natural family planning.
They are also to educate and assist couples in building healthy family lives and healthy child bearing which includes sex selection in line with the will of God.
Inaugurating the 61 instructors at St Michael the Archangel's Catholic Church, Abagana, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State on Sunday, October 8, 2017, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor, urged them to stick to the teachings of the Church in the instructions they give out to couples.
He advised against practices that would go contrary to the teachings of the Church while upholding that of the science. The bishop thanked the Awka Diocesan Family and Human Life Committee led by the chaplain, Very Rev Msgr Jerome Madueke for the intensive training of the instructors.
Speaking to Fides, one of the instructors, Mrs. Ebele Anene of St Martin's Hilltop Parish, Abagana, thanked God for seeing them through the 6-Classes of intensive training up to the examination they sat for in the 7th class.
Mrs. Anene, who is a professional nurse, described the Natural Method of Family Planning as a good and practical method that would work for every couple as long as proper attention, accompanied with prayers and trust in God is given to it.
The instructors were presented with Holy Rosary by the Church, to enable them back up their new vocation with intensive prayers through the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of the Church.