A section of the mammoth congregation that made up the beautiful Church Community of St Joseph the Worker's Catholic Chaplaincy, UNIZIK, Awka.
The new and current chief chaplain of St Joseph the Worker's Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Rev Fr Kevin Nnaemeka Ezeokeke has commended the chaplaincy members for their active and effective participation in the liturgy, saying that the chaplaincy has what he described as a beautiful Catholic Church Community.
Rev Fr Ezeokeke made the remarks during his first Holy Mass at St Joseph the Worker's Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka as the new Chief Chaplain on the Solemnity of Our Lady Queen and Patroness of Nigeria, last Sunday, October 1, 2017.
The Awka Diocesan Catholic priest, who was visibly delighted, said 'All my life as a priest, I have not celebrated or attended a Holy Mass as beautiful as what I saw in this chaplaincy today. I was so overwhelmed that I almost forgot that I was the chief celebrant of the Holy Mass. How I wish that those at the parishes I have worked in would come to St Joseph the Worker's Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and see what a Eucharistic celebration ought to be'.
Rev Fr Ezeokeke worked at St Paul's Catholic Parish, Ogboji and St Paul's Catholic Parish, Achalla, before he travelled to United States of America in 2005. He served in a remote area in the Diocese of Ontario, Canada, where the priests begged people, before they attended Holy Mass on Sundays.
The priest(s), had to after the Holy Mass, appreciate the congregation through personal handshakes, one after the other, to enable them attend Mass again, the following Sunday. The area, according to Fr Ezeokeke, was only accessible for vehicles during snowfalls.
Earlier in his homily, the new chief chaplain exhorted all, especially Nigerian politicians against false promises, but instead should live up to the responsibilities of their vocation as sons and daughters of God.
Fr Ezeokeke, who based his reflections on the readings of the Sunday, noted that Jesus wanted to address the religious content of the people, to be those who do what they said, and not to only say without doing. He enjoined all to work hard so as to perfect their imperfections, and be perfect examples of sons and daughters of God, who adhered to the words of God, the Father.
Rev Fr Kevin Nnaemeka Ezeokeke, who hails from Oko in Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra State succeeded Rev Fr. Christian Umuojilinnaka, who is currently the parish priest of St Anthony's Catholic Parish, Nanka.
Also received was the new assistant chaplain, Rev Fr Kilian Ike, who succeeded Rev Fr Charles Maduekwe, who is currently on further studies, outside Nigeria.