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Monday, July 17, 2017

Aguata Anglican Diocese Commissions 26 Ministers

Twenty-Six Ministers of God were yesterday commissioned in the Anglican Diocese of Aguata.
Out of the number, Fourteen Ordinands were made Deacons while twelve Deacons were priested.

Performing the ceremony during the Trinity Ordination of priests and Deacons at Immanuel Parish Ezinifite in Aguata Local Government Area, the Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Most Reverend Christian Efobi, charged them to accept the Holy Scriptures as revealing all things necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

He stressed the need for the Ministers of God to accept the discipline of the church in addition to respecting those in authority.

Most Reverend Efobi who was a former Dean of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion while urging priests to use their vocation in promoting unity, peace and love amongst Christians also charged them to be faithful in preaching the word of God.

Earlier in a sermon, the Archdeacon of Umuchu Archdeaconry, Venerable David Obiagboso, who described Church ministry as a deployment, charged priests to always pursue faithfulness and not success.

He called on the laity to always encourage Ministers of God through prayers and support to enable them perform optimally.

Venerable Obigabaoso who is also the Administrative Secretary of the Anglican Diocese of Aguata, while commending Archbishop Efobi for series of successes recorded in Aguata Diocese, cautioned Christians against criticizing those in authority unnecessarily.

In a remark, the President-General of the Joint Council of Knights Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion Sir Isaih Eze-Ezika and the

Archdeacon of Ezinifite Archdeaconry, Venerable Nwachineke Ekwueme while calling for a synergy between the laity and the clergy for enhanced evangelism advised the new priests to use their vocation in touching lives.

Some of the ordained ministers of God, Reverends Herbert Obijiofor, Kingsley Onwuteaka, Chuka Nweke, Alexander Mgbemena, Ugochukwu Anigbo, and Christian Okafor, thanked God for their elevation and promised to use their new position in winning souls for Christ.

Highlights of the service were the administration of oath of canonical obedience on the new priests by the Diocesan Legal Team led by the Chancellor Sir Harford Ejim and their spiritual empowerment by Archbishop Efobi.

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