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Focus on Jesus, not material things, Catholic priests told

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By Uzo Ugwunze, Ojoto

The Episcopal Vicar of Du­nukofia Region and Parish Priest of All Saints Catholic Church, Nkpor in Onitsha Arch­diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Theo N. Odukwe (Ojenamuo) has urged upcoming priests to avoid mate­rialism but focus on the Lord Je­sus Christ as the essence of their ministerial calling.

In his speech during the cel­ebration of his 30 years priest­hood anniversary at Nkpor Agu, Idemili North, Fr. Odukwe said that having Jesus as the center of everything one does was the same advice he gave to himself when he was newly ordained in 1987. He maintained that priests and other Christians should nev­er lose sight of Jesus as their role model and master adding that prayerfulness was the key to ministerial exploits.

“Priests should look at Jesus; consult Jesus in everything you do. As a newly ordained priest I resolved to follow Jesus alone, not this or that other priest. The work I am doing is the work of Jesus Christ faithfully. To be faithful in following Him, one must commit himself to prayers because our savior was a man of prayers”, said Fr. Odukwe.

“Before you look at material provisions be ready to serve God with commitment. There is joy in serving Jesus. If you serve him, he will provide ev­erything for you,” he said

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The experienced shepherd re­minded them to be wary, saying that the devil would continue to bring distractions to discourage and make them loose focus on their calling.

Fr. Odukwe also urged Nigeri­ans to continue praying for and believe God for a better and peaceful country despite the menace of militia Fulani herds­men. “I want to tell people to trust in God, not just believe in God’s existence but believe God’s word. There is nothing prayer cannot do in this nation. If we become prayerful even the president can be converted and those so called herdsmen will turn back”, Fr. Odukwe said.

He recalled the battle of Lo­bento where the Turkish sailors were about invading Rome but prayers caused confusion and destruction within the Turks on the high sea.

In his vote of thanks Fr. Oduk­we thanked God and individ­uals, groups, parishes which include St Anthony Nkpor, St. Michael Fegge, All saints Nk­por and host of others who contributed in various ways to sponsor and ensure the success of the anniversary celebration.

The anniversary committee chairman, Bro. Anthony Okeke, Mr. Donatus Anya and the for­mer executive chairman Ide­mili North, Chief Idemobi Obi in their separate speeches de­scribed Rev. Fr. Odukwe as a humble, dedicated Priest that prays and cares for the flocks under him not minding the per­sons social status, adding that they were convinced that the two prayer requests the Priest asked the participants to make to God must surely be granted

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