By Nna Anulumadu/ Chimezie Uzonwanne
The Catholic community of Blessed Michael Cyprain Iwene Tansi Parish last Sunday rolled out their drums to welcome the Chief Shepherd of Onitsha Archdiocese His Grace Most Rev. Valerian Okeke who paid a maiden visit to the parish.
The epoch making event witnessed confirmation of over 62 candidates.
In his Homily Archbishop Val charged faithful to always take their needs and problems to God in prayers, explaining that daily prayers is very necessary in the life of Christians.
He made it clear that efficacy of our prayers depend largely on the level of love we show to others. According to him if you want God to grant your needs presented during prayers, you must show salvefic love to anyone you come in contact with, adding that selfless, forgiven and unselfish love save and give life. ” Don’t be unfaithful rather live a life of dependability, reliability and responsibility and show fidelity in all you do as that leads to victory”, he added.
In a welcome address, the parish poured encomiums on the prelate over his visit, positing that his presence has boosted their faith. They also expressed their profound gratitude to the Chief Shepherd for his fatherly care.
Responding, the Archbishop commended the parish priest Fr Paul Nwakor and the parishioners for their commitments, urging them not to relent.
The parish priest Fr Nwakor in his remarks rained accolades on the Archbishop for visiting them. He also extolled the parishioners for their cooperation and support, enjoining them to put the teachings of the prelate in practice.
The parish CMO Chairman Vitus Enwere who spoke to the press described the visit of the prelate as a huge blessing to the Catholic community. Also parish CWO president Mrs Ifeoma Okafor in her contribution said they are happy to receive the Archbishop while the parish Catechist John Emeka Eke was optimistic that the presence of the prelate will encourage them to embrace the life of holiness.