Bishop Okoye blessing the Mount Calvary Pilgrim Centre
The auxiliary bishop of Awka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye has blessed the Mount Calvary Pilgrim Centre initiated and financed by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Akwaeze in Anaocha LGA of Anambra State.
Blessing the Calvary Pilgrim Centre, Bishop Okoye commended the women organization for their idea and effort in starting up and completing the project which he said was laudable. He said that the edifice would help the community both Catholics and non Catholics to have first hand encounter of Christ in Calvary.
He beckoned on the entire community to make good use of the edifice and develop intimate relationship with God. He noted that constant visitation of God in the Mount Calvary Pilgrim Centre brings speedy answers to prayers and resolution of difficult situations that are above human comprehension. He urged the people to use the blessed mount Calvary as a pilgrim centre rather than embarking on pilgrimage to Jerusalem which he said was more costly.
Recalling his stay at Akwaeze during his apostolic work as a seminarian, Bishop Okoye described St. Michael's Catholic Church, Akwaeze as pacesetters in all structural development which most parishes in the diocese copy from. He said that the parish was the first to build fathers' rectory that would accommodate four priests at the same time as it was a two story building. He noted that the construction of the Mount Calvary centre which according to the bishop exists in no other parish in the diocese was buttressing the fact that St. Micheal's Parish is a pacesetter.
Speaking after the blessing of the Mount Calvary centre, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwilo thanked the women for coming up with the initiative to build the prayer centre. He explained that the centre would help to uplift the parishioners' faith and help them in adopting holy life style, expressing hope that all people who visit the centre would receive their inner most heart desires.
Fr. Nwilo thanked the Bishop for coming to their parish to bless the centre and all that contributed resources that made the completion of the prayer centre possible.
On her part, the CWO President, Mrs. Euphemia Nwabuisi revealed that the women's aim of constructing the Calvary Centre was to have a clear cut avenue for the women to converge and draw grace from God.
The Vice Chairman of the Parish, Mr. Fabian Obiakonnwa commended Bishop Okoye for coming to their parish and blessing the centre, even when the rain was very heavy. He said Bishop Okoye always attracts blessing to the community whenever he visits.
One of the CWO Supporters, Mr. Abumchukwu Nnoli while welcoming the bishop pledge to provide all the seats required in the Calvary Centre for public comfort during prayer sessions.