… Tasks Catholic Men on Catechism and Family Teaching of the Faith
Photo: Catholic Bishop of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Albert Ayinde Fasina and the Ijebu-Ode Diocesan CMO chaplain, Rev. Fr. Victor Egwuonwu receiving CMON national executives at the Bishop’s House in Ijebu-Ode, during the just concluded CMON national convention.
The presidential ticket of former vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi received a blessing from another Catholic Clergy recently as the Catholic Bishop of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Albert Ayinde Fasina has prayed for the success of their presidential ticket on the upcoming 2019 general elections.
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This is as he has also enjoined all Catholic men across the country to go back to the tradition of catechism and family teaching of the faith.
Bishop Fasina made the prayer while receiving the National Executive Council of Catholic Men Oreganisation Nigeria (CMON) who paid him courtesy visit during the 2018 national convention of the organisation which held at Itele-Ijebu, recently.
Speaking while receiving the men at the Bishop’s House, he called on Catholic men to play more active role in politics especially as it relates to the 2019 general elections and choosing who will be Nigeria’s president.
“We pray to God to use Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar to bring a better Nigeria. But if God says it has to be Buhari, we pray that God will endow him with the knowledge of wealth creation,” he said.
Bishop Fasina also reminded the CMON members of the importance of Catechism and family teaching of the faith saying, “We must go back to catechism and family teaching of the faith. We must restrategise to relearn ourtheology and our faith, so that our young children and youths will know their faith and live by it.”
Enjoining the men to serve with dignity and commitment, the Bishop reminded them that what they do in the course of execution of CMO activities – “moving from one town to another, your time, talent, treasure – is great missionary work. In your own land, you have become missionaries. Take it seriously; it is your contribution towards the mission, it is all for the sake of the kingdom.”
In his introductory address to the bishop, the immediate past national president of CMON, Chief Emeka Ernest Asoegwu, thanked the bishop for his immense support towards the growth of the organisation in the Diocese of Ijebu-Ode and support towards the hosting of the national convention in his diocese.
Chief Asoegwu solicited the bishop’s support towards encouraging all men in the diocese to join the CMO and participate actively in its activities.
Speaking at the occasion also, the provincial president of CMO, Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Bro. Jimmy Abegunde noted that the CMO in the diocese has constantly enjoyed the moral, spiritual and physical support of Bishop Fasina. He revealed that the property being utilised in the diocese by the CMO for her skills acquisition centre is a donation by the bishop. “This, in addition to the CMO Cooperative Society hascontributed immensely towards the empowerment of members,” Abegunde stated.
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