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Pomp As St Paul's Seminary Ukpor Celebrates Patronal Feast, Stages Cultural Fiesta In Style
Author: By NONSO EZEANI
Published on: Thursday, February 04, 2016
St Paul's seminary Ukpor was on Sunday January 24, 2016 thrown into a beehive of activities when  the seminary celebrated her patronal (Saint Paul) feast. Part of the activities to mark the feast was the cultural fiesta staged by seminarians. In a Holy Mass the Bishop of Nnewi Diocese His Lordship most Rev. Dr. Hillary Odilichukwu Okeke while preaching a sermon commended the catholic community for ensuring the existence of the seminary for the past years, urging them to continue with their good deeds especially in supporting the seminary and not to forget the sacrifices of our lord Jesus Christ and the salvation He brought to us through His death. 
He commended the parents that brought their children to the seminary, stating that the seminary is the best place to train children and discipline them in a Godly way. He also extolled the seminarians for answering the call to serve God, charging them to also answer one more last call from God which is to follow Him and live in Him.
In a welcome address delivered by the rector Rev. Fr. George Nnaemeka Oranekwu, the seminary appreciated Bishop Okeke for his fatherly love towards the St. Paul's seminary Ukpor. He also thanked the chairman of the occasion Hon. Barr. Pharm. Paully Onyeka and his supporter HRH Igwe Sir and Lolo George O Ekwealo (Oba Agu II of UmuobaAnam) and HRM Igwe Dr. Sir F.C.N. Onyimadu (Nwajiaku VI of Ukpor, JP) and other guests, parents, friends, and well-wishers for gracing the occasion.
The Rector also in an interview with the press described the feast as fantastic in the sense of activities and attendance. “We realised so much, academically, socially, religiously and culturally. People who say that church does not support culture will really change their notion having watched the cultural fiesta staged by the seminary as part of activities marking the feast. The point is that in every use, there is an abuse because out of ignorance, some communities use cultural values like masquerade negatively.
In other parts of the world, including Europe, America etc. they have their own types of masquerades that have a lot of social  and religious significance. But unfortunately, most of the masquerades are being abused in our immediate society. So it is an onerous task of the church to correct the impression,” he stated.
The rector reassured that St Paul's seminary will continue to grow and will not relent in Impacting sound moral and quality education on the seminarians. “Some parents do bring their wards here with high expectation and we cannot afford to disappoint them”, he pledged. Different kinds of masquerades and cultural dances are in display to entertain the guests. Earlier in the Mass a good number of seminarians received the sacrament of confirmation.
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