Be Responsible Stewards, Bishop Jonas Benson Urges Christians
By Ngozi Asonibe
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, His Lordship Most Rev Dr Jonas Benson Okoye has reminded the people of God that they should be
accountable on how they discharged their duties or managed what has been entrusted to them.
He disclosed this on Sunday, September 18, 2022 during his pastoral visit at St Michael's Parish Umudim Nnewi.
He explained that the unjust steward had been so deceived by the power of his office that he forgot that he was still an employee accountable to his employer.
He advised Christians not to be deceived by the power and glamour of any office they occupy, forgetting that they are accountable to a higher authority.
To the about-to-be confirmed candidates, the prelate told them that grace would be given to them through the Sacrament of Confirmation, urging them to be soldiers of Christ and do whatever their parents told them,which is not sin.
Earlier, the parish priest, Rev Fr Joachim Umeigwilo welcomed Bishop Okoye to his parish and assured him that his parish was fulfilling all its objectives in terms of spiritual and structural developments.
In a reception chaired by Ichie Sir Nnaeto Ojimba, who is the Vice Chairman of the parish council assured the bishop of their continued support to the diocese.
In a welcome address read by Mrs Esther Uju Ibeh, parish Secretary, the parish thanked Bishop Okoye for the pastoral visit and commended him for his wonderful works and efforts in the diocese within a short period of his administration as the bishop of Nnewi Diocese.
The parish thanked the bishop for giving them wonderful priests who work selflessly for the spiritual and physical developments of the parish.
The parish expressed appreciation to Fr Umeigwilo and the priests working with him at the parish. They mentioned some of their achievements to include renovation of the rectory, church compound, Chapel of Adoration and Grotto. They equally bought sacred vessels for the celebration of Mass, vestments for altar servers.
Highlight of the day's event was presentation of gifts to Bishop Okoye by the parish council, statutory bodies, pious societies and individuals.