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Jubilation As Bishop Isizoh Pays Maiden Visit To St. Theophilus Parish New Generation Estate Nkwelle Ezunaka. -New Rectory Commissioned.
Author: By Nna Anulumadu.
Published on: Monday, September 05, 2016

The Catholic Community of St. Theophilus Parish new Generation Estate Nkwelle –Ezunaka last Sunday August 21st 2016 rolled out their drums to welcome the auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese His Lordship Most Rev. Denis Chidi Isizoh who paid a maiden pastoral visit to the parish.

         Part of the activities marking the visit include commissioning of the ultra modern rectory  (father’s house) and administration of Sacrament of Confirmation on candidates numbering 75.

            In a welcome address jointly signed by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Martin Atumanya and the Parish Council Secretary Mrs. Ngozi Otiocha the Catholic Community poured encomiums on Bishop Isizoh for paying a historical visit to them, stating that the event would have been still born without his paternal love, care, guidance and understanding. They also extolled the Archbishop of Onitsha His Grace Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke for granting them the privilege and the opportunity to build a Church which he raised to Parish status on 20th February, 2016.

            Others commended in the address include their spiritual director Very Rev. Fr. Theophilus Odukwe, the Parish Priest Fr. Martin Atumanya and Fr. Eloka Nwachukwu for their sacrifice and selfless services towards development, the growth and sustenance of the Parish.

            Also the entire Parishioners, building committee, pastoral visit committee, statutory bodies, Pious societies and other groups were commended for their unalloyed support and uncommon co-operation that was described as second to none.

            The Catholic Community highlighted their challenges such as lack of access road, fencing of their church compound and the need for landscaping of the church compound.

      Responding, Bishop Isizoh eulogized the Catholic Community for their efforts and commitment. On their request for a resident priest, he charged them to keep hope alive promising to look into their demands. The Prelate also called on the Catholic Women of the Parish to be more active and dedicated in Church activities. He expressed happiness over the mutual relationship existing between the Catholic and Anglican in that area. “Always be united and sustain the peace in your midst so that evangelism in the  community will grow stronger,” the prelate advised.

        The parish Priest Rev. Fr. Atumanya in his remarks expressed gratitude to God for giving them the resources to build the father’s house within two years. In a special way, he thanked the Bishop for visiting them, describing him as a Prelate that cares and understands his flock.

Fr. Atumanya while pouring accolades on the Parishioners said they are committed faithful who always understand the situation in the parish. “They are peculiar group of people who are generous in mind and in practice,” he posited.

            The president general New Generation Estate Nkwelle Ezunaka Chief Donatus Anya who spoke to the press at the occasion saw the Bishop’s visit as a great blessing to their Catholic Community adding that his presence will bring more progress, spiritual upliftment and love to their Parish. “The Bishop has shown us love and kindness and let us be more dedicated to the Lord.” he added.

            The secretary general New Generation Estate Mr. Fausty Uche Nwankwo in his contribution expressed joy over the Bishop’s visit, stating that the seed of faith they planted at the estate has yielded huge fruit.

            Also Chief Aloysius Ndimkora said he was elated over the Catholic Church that has sprung up in the Estate. He further begged the Archdiocese to send a resident priest to their Parish to ensure spiritual growth.

                        Chief Vincent Ezeorizu (Idiagbo) praised the effort of the Catholic community praying God to bless everyone who has contributed to the growth of the Parish.

            The Chairman of pastoral visit planning committee Chief Emmanuel Ozoh (Ochioso ariugwu I of Umumba) in his remarks rated the event as a huge success. He was optimistic that the Bishop sermon will continue to transform their lives.

            Also Chief Godfry Okafor in his contribution posited that with the coming of the Bishop, solid foundation of faith has been laid in their Catholic Community.

            Featured at the event include welcome songs by the parish choir, cultural dance by CWO and CYON.

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