77 Theologians bag degrees at Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
No fewer than 77 candidates convocated at the prestigious Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, Anambra state last Sunday during the 7th convocation ceremony for the 2020 set.
The 77 candidates were awarded bachelor’s degrees in theological training.
Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha, it was gathered, is affiliated with the Institute of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome.
The seminary prepares candidates for the Catholic priesthood and admits candidates who have already obtained at least a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
According to the head of theology department, Rev. Fr. Gregory Nwachukwu, “the 7th convocation for the 2020 set of the Seminary is a harvest of success” He announced that the total number of candidates in Theology department for the 2020 set were 77 and all of them passed, none failed. He said added further that 15 candidates got second class lower position, 49 second class upper and 13 of them got 1st class position.
The cleric applauded the candidates who have already become Catholic priests in different locations, reminding them that the degrees formed a platform where they would start their priestly ministry, assuring them that whoever questions them about their certificates should be referred to the seminary.
He advised them to be good ambassadors of the seminary and let their pastoral preaching base on their theological training.
Similarly, the convocation prelate and Bishop of Nsukka diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, advised priests to desist from digital communication during Eucharistic celebration, pointing out that most challenges in the seminary, over 15 years ago, was the issue of smart phones which, according to him, led to the banning of smart phones in the seminary.
He strictly warned priests to live their life as they preach, be honest with themselves and reiterated the excesses of digital communication, especially during Eucharistic celebration.
The rector of the seminary, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Fabian Obi poured accolades on the convocation prelate and bishop of Nsukka diocese, Most Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, who also represented other seven province bishops for gracing the occasion.