The bishop with some of the concelebrants and some of the active youths after the Holy Mass. Bishop Ezeokafor is flanked on his left by the parish priest of St Michael the Archangel's Catholic Parish, Abagana, Rev Fr Anselm Otie, and on his right by the priest in-residence, Rev Fr Dr Chika Okpalike.
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor has advocated for good Christian foundation for the young ones by the parents and elders so as to prevent the youths from derailing from the path of God and Catholic faith.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who spoke during his pastoral visit to St Michael the Archangel's Catholic Parish, G.R.A, Abagana, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State on October 8, 2017, equally charged parents and elders to be embodiments of exemplary lives so as to be role models to the youths.
The Catholic prelate, who responded to the challenges of youths and some elders that no longer participate in Church activities as identified by St Michael the Archangel's Catholic Parish, insisted that good foundations of constant prayer life, necessary teachings of the faith and exemplary life by the elders were necessary for optimum growth of the youths.
He tasked all on strengthened life of faith that bear true witness to Christ, saying that as Christians they expected to model their lives after Jesus Christ, even in the midst of difficulties.
St Michael the Archangel's Parish had through the address of welcome that was signed by the parish priest, Rev Fr Anselm Otie; the secretary of Parish Pastoral Council, Lady Charity Chinyelu and the 1st Vice Chairman of Parish Pastoral Council, Chief Romanus Aniukwu, and presented by the secretary, stated that her major challenge was that most of the youths as well as some elders of the parish had backslided from attending Holy Masses and parish activities.
According to the address, the resultant effect of the backsliding was that some individuals who ought to partake in the building up of the parish had become indifferent about their responsibilities.