The event which began with a Holy Mass was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu. The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma, while delivering a homily, reminded the newly ordained priests of their primary responsibility, which focuses on saving souls for God.
He noted that priesthood is not like other professions which anyone can get without following due process. Bishop Ukwuoma stated that those to be ordained priests are chosen by God, especially the 17 young men, having satisfied the prerequisites and got to the level of priesthood, adding that many are called but few are chosen. Bishop Ukwuoma told them to always maintain a good relationship between the members of the Church, since they are the mediators between God and his people. He further reminded them that the work of a priest is not an easy task but with God and the prayers of the people, they will succeed.
The prelate noted that priests are called to serve both God and humanity and must always be identified wherever they are, through their appearance which they are known for. He warned them to shun material gifts that will not add anything positive to their ministerial work. “Always be close to the people, listen to them, preach to them, and give them hope to live”.
The bishop enjoined Christians to encourage priests, pray for them and never engage them with community problems or anything that does not concern their ministerial call.
The event was attended by people and dignitaries from all walks of life, including the emeritus Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Dr Gregory Ochiagha and other government functionaries. The highpoints of the event were the laying-on of hands on each of the deacons by the bishop, the prayer of consecration and a brief reception in honour of the newly ordained priests in their various stands.