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By Peterclaver Ubochi

Priests have been charged to shun all forms of distractions and focus on their priestly vocation.

Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, gave the charge during the ordination of 20 priests at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe, Imo State, Sept. 21.

The prelate who cautioned that Catholic priesthood should not and cannot be a vocation for amassing wealth, made it clear that anyone who joins the priesthood with the view to getting rich is in the wrong place (bus) and would certainly not succeed since, according to the bishop, the quest for money being insatiable, would always lead such a priest further away from Christ, his role model.

The Okigwe local ordinary flayed priests who organize Adoration programmes with an eye on monetary returns. The ordaining prelate charged priests not to disappoint Christ who chose them on one single criterium, “To love him more than all other things”.

He enjoined the newly ordained priests to respect and obey their parish priests and resist the temptation of assuming equality with them on erroneous impression that all ordained priests are equal.

Reiterating the need for one not to depart from one’s chosen vocation, the bishop declared, “If you want to be a priest, choose it and pay the price; if you want to be married, choose it and pay the price.”

Thousands of people witnessed the ceremony of which thirty percent of the ordinands were of the diaspora dioceses of Awka, Ahiara, Nsukka and Orlu.

Over 200 hundred priests from various dioceses concelebrated the Mass. Among them, Rev. Fr. Dr.Cajethan Ehiem (V-G I), Rev. Fr. Dr. Barth Nnaemedo (V-G II), Rev. Fr. Dr. MykeAgbai, Rev. Fr. Dr. Mark Okoro, Rev. Fr. Val Njoku, Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu, many deans, monsignori and other hierarchy of the presbyterium including the Diocesan Orator, Very Rev. Fr. John Enyinnaya who moderated the proceedings.

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