By Ononye V C
The last may not have been heard about the 40th priestly anniversary celebration of Archbishop Valerian Okeke as it brought with it other numerous goodies for the priests,the faithful and generality of the public.
This time around,it is announced that the Archbishop is hosting his classmates at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity for their 40th priestly anniversary get together on ,,Wednesday,29th September 2021.
This group of classmates are known as “Bigard 81”
Confirming this development to Trinitas, Secretary to the Archbishop, Rev Fr Kevin Chukwuka said the “Bigard 81” set were classmates of the Archbishop at the Bigard Memorial Seminary made up of priests from different dioceses of the old Eastern Nigeria.
The Parish Priest of St Joseph Catholic Church,Odoakpu Onitsha and first Rector of the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity,Onitsha,Very Rev Fr Marius Obiagwu who also is a classmate to the Archbishop said he was looking forward to the celebration.
Fr Marius Obiagwu told me he was one of the coordinators of the event.
Rev Fr Godwin Okolo,the Priest in charge of Christ the King Parish Onitsha,is said to be one of the members of the “Bigard 81”.
Many other notable priests under the umbrella of “Bigard 81” are expected for the event.
Indeed,it’s going to be a big echoe from the Basilica.
By Ononye V C