By Ononye VC
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Okeke has urged 24 seminarians who were being invested with clerical soutanes to develop the culture of excellence if they must become good priests after ordination.
The Archbishop was speaking while delivering a homily at the St Pius X Spiritual Year Seminary Akwu-Ukwu on the ocassion of the Seminary Investiture on 22nd of May 2021.
According to the Archbishop, developing and acquiring excellence in all spheres of human endeavor entail several steps which include projection of a dream,perseverance and prayers for successful manifestation and accomplishment of the dream.
He pointed out that it was very important for one to discover where one is specially endowed or gifted by God and pursue it diligently in order to be useful to humanity.
The Archbishop awarded scholarship to one of the seminarians,master Nwafor Emmanuel for answering questions posed by the Archbishop correctly before the congregation.
The Archbishop thanked the Rector of the Seminary, Very Rev Fr Dr Celestine Umeh and the entire family of the Seminary for the success of the investiture.
The Archbishop mourned one of the seminarians,master Henry Ogama who died few days before the investiture.
Painfully, the Archbishop handed over his soutane to his parents,saying in an emotion laden remarks that God has already vested him ahead of time in haeven and that his remains would be dressed in the soutane during his burial.
In his address,the Rector of the Seminary, Rev Fr Dr Celestine Umeh,lamented the problem of erosion in the Seminary, poor access road and financial assistance both from the government and kind spirited individuals to upgrade the agricultural infrastructure in the school.
Ex Governor Peter Obi received accolades from the Archbishop on his regular assistance to the school.
Sir Norbert Obi who represented the Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano made a donation on behalf of the state Governor.
Professor Stella Okunna was among the numerous dignitaries who graced the ocassion.