Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor and Fr. Jude Ozumba (centre) poses with YCSers at Madonna Girl’s Umunze during the 2017 YCS Convention
Young Catholic Students (YCS) of Awka Catholic Diocese has called on youths to make themselves available to be instruments of world Christianization in a bid to achieve the desired peace required by society.
The association made this call through her chaplain, Rev. Fr. Jude Ozumba on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Madonna Girls’ Secondary School, Umunze in Orumba South LGA of Anambra State during her 2017 Annual Convention.
The convention theme 'Christianizing the world through YCS' came to an end on August 5, 2017 and was attended by over 300 students drawn from various schools from 17 deaneries of the diocese. The students were exposed to various issues on emergence of youth sexuality, ways of Christianizing oneself, medical ethics and need of abstaining from abortion by some resource persons namely Rev. Fr. Dennis Nwabueze, Dr. Ifeanyi Iloka and Mr. Raphael Anya.
Addressing the students during the opening mass of the convention, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor emphasized the need for youths to draw themselves closer to Christ saying that Christ, would come close to them when their interest in the affairs of His kingdom is genuine.
He charged students to always endeavour to live a Christ-like life and never allow themselves to be influenced by societal pressures. He urged them to stick to the moral training being impacted on them by their family, school and church. He noted that adherence to early trainings in life would enable them to influence others positivity in the wider society.
He beckoned on the students to be serious with their educational pursuit and endeavour to acquire entrepreneurial skills to be self-reliant later in future.
Bishop Ezeokafor further maintained that his insistency on attending the convention was to reaffirm the clear cut importance of the youths to the Catholic Diocese of Awka saying that the diocese would everything within her reach to ensure that they become successful adults whose contributions would transform society.
Speaking to Fides, the Chaplain of the association, Rev. Fr. Jude Ozumba explained that the annual convention was part of the holiday programme of the young Catholic students where members of the association would be able to discuss emerging issue as regards their self development. He noted that the convention would help the students to know right attitude and behaviourial changes in their lives in that would help in Christianizing the world. He noted that the first step in Christianizing the world begins in the life of the change agent. He charged them to be open the formation which they received in YCS and to fellow the methodology which says advocates on seeing, judging and acting for the life actions to be positive.
Some students who spoke to Fides namely: Chibueze Nwafor from Holy Child Secondary, Isuofia; Peter Nwafor from Austica Memorial College, Nanka and Favour Nwozuo from National Secondary School, Awka who were adjudged as the best behaved YCSers described the convention as experience as they were exposed to various issues affecting their spirituality and sexuality.