Priests renew their priestly vows before the Awka Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor.
Priests, religious and the entire lay faithful of the parishes alongside the institutions of Awka Catholic Region at the 2017 annual cathedraticum of the region which was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, on Holy Thursday, 13th April, 2017, re-affirmed their support to the Awka Diocesan Bishop with monetized cows, pegged at fifty Thousand Naira each and other gift items for the diocesan projects.
Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Parish, Awka retained her first position winner with an impressive donation of 100 cows while the host, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parish, Awka followed second with 65 cows and St Anthony’s Parish, Ifite-Awka, third with 50 cows. The famous Tansi International College, Awka led in the institutions with 7 cows.
The event which doubled with Chrism mass featured the blessing of the oil of the sick and that of the catechumen, as well as consecration of oil Chrism by the bishop and renewal of priestly vows by the priests.
Speaking at the event which was well attended by dignitaries from all walks of life, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese commended the priests, religious and laity for their unwavering support to the diocese which they once again demonstrated with the uncountable gift items.
He urged all not to relent in their goodwill and life of faith, saying that stable support is needed for the continuous growth of Awka Diocese, especially for the diocesan Peter University, Achina / Onneh which funding is delaying its take off.
In his remarks, the Episcopal Vicar of Awka Region, Rev Fr Matthew Attansey, appreciated the parishes and institutions of the region for their impressive participation in the all important event which marked the beginning of Easter Tridum.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion was the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Chief Sir Peter Obi, CON, KSS, who also supported the cathedraticum with cows.