The Bishop on the Niger, Right Reverend Owen Nwokolo has charged ordained Ministers of God to be faithful to their calling, no matter how difficult the task is.
Bishop Nwokolo gave the charge at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, during the trinity ordination of nine Priests, collation of three Canons and Archdeacons.
Some of the newly ordained Priests are Reverends Izuchukwu Madu, Nwafe Chukwuemeka, Mbanefo Okongwu, among others, while Reverend Canons Ikechukwu Egbuonu and Michael Okoh were among Priests elevated to the position of Archdeacon.
The Bishop stressed that faithfulness is an important part of loving God and expects more work from the Ministers of God.
In a sermon, the Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, the Right Reverend Foreman Nedison, who themed his message, “Faithfulness in Service”, said every service one renders in this world is noted and evaluated by God, noting that the yardstick for the evaluation is faithfulness.
Bishop Nedison, who lamented that many have made a shipwreck of their faith because they have chosen the pleasures of this world, listed zeal, commitment, undivided royalty to God and constituted authority, consistency in good character, as some elements of faithfulness.
Before the ordination by Bishop Nwokolo, Deacons made declarations and took oaths administered by the Chancellor of the Diocese, Nnamdi Ibegbu, SAN, those elevated to positions of Canon and Archdeacon also took oaths of canonical obedience, submission, allegiance to God and declaration of submission to synod before their installation, while the newly ordained Priests were given patent and chalice by the Bishop as sign of authority, as well as vested according to the Order of Priests.
Staff reporter, Oggorchukwu Oranu reports that the ordination attracted Bishops Ndubuisi Obi and Right Reverend Oluseyi Oyelade of Anglican Dioceses of Nnewi and Ife East respectively, UNIZIK Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Esimone, Igwe Beneth Emeka of Umueri, among other dignitaries, friends and well-wishers, while the Cathedral Choir were at their best during the service.