Rev. Jude Thaddeus Okolo, first Nigerian, first African Nuncio

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Well done Brother,

Pope Benedict appoints first Nigerian Nuncio
By DAVID ONWUCHEKWA, Nnewi
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Catholic Supreme Pontiff His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Rt. Rev. Monsignor Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the Nuncio, to represent the mission in Chad and Central African Republic, a position which raises Rt Rev Monsignor Okolo to the rank of a Super Archbishop.

In a ceremony to mark the Episcopal ordination at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, Nnewi, Anambra State, Daily Sun gathered that Msgr. Okolo with this new position becomes the first Nigerian, first in West Africa and third in entire Africa to hold the post. His appointment coincided with his silver jubilee of priesthood in the Catholic Church.

In an apostolic mandate sent in from Rome and signed by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Msgr Okolo received the blessings of the Supreme Pontiff, who described him as a beloved son.

Said Pope Benedict XVI: You are certainly well grounded academically, having been promoted and learned in juridical matters. You have produced numerous documents, and have given testimonies of being endowed with many virtues in the course of your activity in the service of the Catholic church.
“As we are willing to uphold what is laid down in the custom and tradition of the Apostolic See, and since we are handing over to you an administration of a higher order, we desire to appoint you equally to a corresponding dignity of the church.”

Pope Benedict, according to the mandate, gave the new Nuncio the right to receive the Episcopal consecration outside the city of Rome from any Bishop of his choice, which His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, did.

But the Pope said the new Nuncio was expected to make the Profession of Faith and also take the Oath of Fidelity to us and to our successors, according to the prescriptions of the Sacred Canons.
The ordination and oath of office, which was officiated by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, witnessed the convergence of Bishops and Archbishops from across the country and beyond.
Before his new appointment, Msgr Okolo had carried out many assignments both within and outside the country.

source: Pope Benedict appoints first Nigerian Nuncio

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ARCHBISHOPRIC ORDINATION: YOUR GRACE ARCHBISHOP JUDE THADDEUS OKOLO.

    On the 27th September 2008 saw your elevation to the fullness of the priesthood of Christ. Through the Apostolic succession of the principal consecrator Francis Cardinal Arinze, you joined the episcopal hierarchy. Be assured of our continous prayer to you. You are Christ’s ambassador and chief shepherd to the whole Central African Republic and Chad, Ad Mayorem Gloriam Dei. May you continue to be a light to those who are spiritually blind. Strenght to those who are morally weak through your actions. To those who are unjustly treated, may your presence bring relief to them. For those who find no joy in the service of others comfort, may your struggle spur them up. Therefore, as I congratulate you on your sacramental elevation, be aware that you are like a sheep been led to the slaughter house. Nevertheless, our Mother Mary will ever be on your side to console you. Your patron Saint Jude Thaddeus help of the helpless will ever intercede for you. My devotional love to St Jude was deepened when I was at St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe-diocese as formator from 10/09/99-27/08/07. Hence, for those who meticulously love this devotion are never disappointed. Once again congratulations.
    From, Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor,S.P.S.Okigwe. Presently studying Theological Liturgy at Pontificia Universita’ Della Santa Croce Roma.

  2. “… A LABOURER DESERVES HIS WAGES” LK.10,6- ALL TO THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD. BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR, S.P.S. OKIGWE.

    God never allows his servants to be in want’,
    And the Psalmist said: “The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want”,
    Indeed Christ was aware of this,
    Hence he said, ” a labourer deserves his wages”.

    Christ mandated us priests of the necessary things needed in the mission,
    He also knew of the difficulties involved,
    Hence he said, ” I am sending you out like a lamb among wolves”,
    He also emphasized, “if you want to be my follower carry your cross everyday and follow me”.

    Being a labourer in Christ’s vineyard implies imitating him,
    This imitation is engraved in the sincere following of Christ,
    For Christ, we are to be sustained in the vineyard,
    In union with other things the wage ought to sustain us individually.

    As a sincere servant our “WANTS” should not be prior to our “NEEDS”,
    When the “spirit of want” is more than the “spirit of need” in the priestly life,
    There is always a cohesion between spirituality and morality,
    Indeed egocentricism and bankruptcy in priestly dignity evolves.

    The result of this is lack of shame,
    No shame in our urge for the pursue of money,
    No shame in an unholy competitions,
    No shame in our words and actions.

    When we become “breadwinners” outside the sincere mission of Christ,
    Our personal wants increases in geometric progression,
    Then our hearts and minds will travel even faster than sound,
    Thereby the genuine sacrifice of priestly life is in total eclipse.

    In my priestly life I need to re-emphasize the virtue of detachment,
    The spirit of detachment will help me increase the sincere love of the wage,
    The wage ought not be weighed or equated in quantity,
    For the spirit of weighing increases the inordinate search of “wants”.

    This inordinate search of “wants”,
    Makes the priest to be “invisible” (unavailable) in his area of apostolate,
    When he is visible (available) many a time he is incomprehensible,
    Why? Because his thoughts, words and actions mostly in liturgical services are incoherent.

    From, Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor, Okigwe diocesan priest, who was a formator in St Peter’s Seminary Okigwe between 10th September 1999 and 27 th August 2007. Presently, a student of Theological Liturgy in Pontificia Universita’ Della Santa Croce Roma.

  3. THREE MONTHNS WITHIN THE EPISCOPATE AND PREISTLY SILVER JUBILEE OF HIS GRACE MOST REV DR JUDE THADDEUS OKOLO, AN OKIGWE DIOCESAN PRIEST CELEBRATED HIS FIVE YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD.
    REV FR JOSEPH EMEKA IKE CELEBRATED HIS 5TH YEAR PRIESTLY ANNIVERSARY ON TUESDAY 30TH DECEMBER 2008. He is a formator in St Peter’s Seminary Okigwe and a Parish builder of St John’s Parish in building Ikpatu-Arondizuogu Okigwe L.G.A.

    The Catholic priesthood is an expression of love of God to man and man’s response to this call,
    This love of God is Christocentric, revolving on the cross of redemption for the sanctification of humanity,
    This redemption of man is ever continous as Christ ordained,
    Hence, Christ said: “HOC FACITE IN MEAM COMMEMORATIONEM”. LK. 22,19.

    The life of a priest is full of Christ’s presence,
    His thoughts ought to be Christocentric,
    His words ought to be Christocentric,
    His actions should not be devoid of Christocentricism.

    If a priest is wholly and integrally with and for Christ,
    What then is personal in a priest’s life?
    His life is not his own but for all,
    Hence, “NEMO SIBI SACERDOS” says St. John Chrysostom.

    This divine nature of Catholic priesthood is not on the air,
    The divine nature is a grace which builds on human nature,
    For grace to work effectively on human nature,
    Man must and ought to prepare his whole personality for this indwelling of grace.

    The priesthood is all about the expression of thanks by mere man to God,
    This appreciation is whole and integral in his apostolate,
    No matter where and how the apostolate is,
    The joy and fulfilment of this apostolate ought to be in a sincere service in season and out of season.

    The priestly life and function is summarized in his power of sanctification,
    This sanctification is implicit in his words and actions as a teacher and leader,
    The priest is a teacher and leader in morality and spirituality,
    His availability ought to be that of EMMANUEL- GOD WITH US.

    At this juncture I wish to focus on this priest, JOSEPH EMEKA IKERIONWU of Ndiawa- Arondizuogu Okigwe L.G.A.,
    On Tuesday 23rd December 2008 exactly a week before he celebrated his 5th year priestly anniversary,
    As he was going to St John’s Parish Ikpatu, for the Christmas spiritual preparation for the people of God,
    Thieves met him at Okigwe-Umuahia express road in the early morning hours of 23/12/08 and battered him knief under gun point, with Christ he endured all patiently.

    Calling back our minds to St Peter’s Seminary Okigwe as a fellow formator,
    Fr Joseph Ike is known for his soft heart, humility and sociability hence he is the Fr- director of socials,
    He led the seminarians to inter-seminaries’ games coming back with trophies,
    In the field of games Joseph Ike is always conscious of what he is, ALTER CHRISTI.

    As the Fr-in-charge of sacred music in 2004,
    The Easter Praeconium (Easter Vigil Exsultet) on Holy Saturday, Easter vigil of 2004 which you, Fr Joseph Ike, uniquely and classically rendered in Latin(the Ecclesial language) is still green in my mind, and is a ‘liturgical-historical-memorabile’ to the whole family of St Peter’ s Seminary Okigwe,
    It really showered down God’s sublimacy and divine aura. Thank you so much.

    Fr Joseph Ike is a special friend to Late Fr Martin N Diribe of Aku-Okigwe who died on All soul Day 02/11/02, 3 months after his ordination,
    Fr Joseph Ike’s love for the people of Aku-Okigwe knows no bound,
    He is very compassionate to all from Aku and those related to or are in friendly with the indegenes of Aku-Okigwe,
    May I recall his wonderful gifts to my mother, Madam Philomena Nwulu Ogujioffor (Nee Ekebuisi) on this Christmas season. May God continue to increase in you the grace of ordination.

    Rev Fr Joseph Emeka Ike I pray that we may not loose hope in our call for sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life. Therefore, let your name be a vademecum:
    R- Reach out to God with total dependence on him.
    E- Enter the altar of sacrifice spiritually ready always.
    V- Visitation to people ought to be pastoral no matter when.
    F- Focus your attention on God he is the “terminus a quo” and the “terminus ad quem”.
    R- Relate properly with all for you are a sign of consolation.
    J- Jesus is the model of priesthood look unto him.
    O- Obedience in the priesthood gives you fulfilment in the ministry.
    S- Sacrifice is tantamount to priesthood.
    E – Endurance is a key to successful apostolate.
    P- Priesthood is a constant and continous presence of God among his people and in the world.
    H – Holiness of life is a sine qua non for an effective priestly ministry.
    I – Instruct people always with your life.
    K- Know how to overcome the devil when it comes with his slippery nature.
    E- Emulate your patron Saint Joseph, the just man.
    I- Insist on strict discipline in the seminary for the candidates to the priesthood.
    O- Oblation is your life as a priest.
    N- Nothing should come as an exchange for your priestly life.
    W- With the mantle of Our Blessed Virgin Mary you will triumph over the enemies of a sincere priestly life.
    U- Unite people always with your presence.

    Fr Joseph Emeka Ike, I wish to call your mind back on 20th December 2003 at the compound of Queen of Apostles Secondary Technical School Ogii-Okigwe, under the principalship of Rev Fr Patrick Odirachukwumma Orji( now , Lieutenent and chaplain in Nigerian army),
    That day you received an ontological and mysterial transformation,
    You become a ministerial priest of God under the Apostolic succession of Most Rev Dr A. E.llonu, the then Bishop but now Emeritus Bishop of Okigwe,
    Remember all your promises in front of the bishop and the most symbolic one of body contact when you knelt before him and he asked: ” Do you promise me and my successor (now, Most Rev Dr S. A. Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe) obedience,
    “Yes I do”- you answered. May God who began this good work in you bring it to fulfilment. Amen.

    Let no condition, adverse or favourable in your priestly ministry make you loose the priestly dignity,
    For the dignity of the catholic priesthood is in the holiness of life’
    Therefore, preach and teach what you believe, practise what you teach, and imitate the mystery which you celebrate in season and out of season.

    Congratulations on your 5th year as a priest,
    But know that it is not just 5 months, 5 weeks, 5 days , 5 hours, 5 mintues or 5 seconds;
    Therefore to whom much is given, much is expected of him.
    I also wish to congratulate your twin brothers in ordination, who also celebrated their 5th year in the priesthood- Rev Fr Angelo Chidi Unegbu, a student priest in Louvain-Belgium and Rev Fr Paschal Ukaegbu- Principal, Mater Christi Academy Ngodo-Isuochi.
    Frm your brother priest and fellow servant, Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor, in St Peter’s Seminary Okigwe (10/09/09 – 27/08/07), now studying Theological Liturgy in Pontificia Universita’ Della Santa Croce Roma.
    Collegio: Istituto Don Calabria 00168 Via giambattista Soria 13 Roma-Italia.

  4. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SILVER JUBILEE (25 YEARS) OF PRIESTLY SERVICE VERY REV MONSIGNOR FORTUNATUS NWACHUKWU (HEAD OF PROTOCOL AT VATICAN SECRETARIAT OF STATE ON THIS DAY 20TH JUNE 2009.

    “I am present, ready and willing”,
    These were the exact words of Msgr Fortunatus Nwachukwu,
    On June 17, 1984 at his ordination Mass by Most Rev Dr Anthony Gogo Nwedo Cssp (of blessed memory) the then Bishop of Umuahia Diocese,
    That he responsed with joy and enthusiasm when he was called.

    25 years after he re-echoed with more fortified voice,
    “Ego mitte me Domine”,
    I am not surprise about it,
    Because his life as a priest for the past 25 years has been that of fortune grounded with selfless sacrifices.

    His life as a priest have been loaded with tough responsibilities in the Church,
    Immediately after his ordination he was posted to Immaculate Conception Seminary Ahiaeke-Umuahia to help in the formation of future priests also with other assignments,
    That, he joyfully and sacrificially did from 1984 – 1986 when he was sent to Rome for further studies bearing in mind the harder task ahead his priestly ministry,
    Oh what an extraordinary humble and obedient priest.

    His coming to Rome for studies fortified his priestly and academic life that made him an expert on Scripture as biblical scholar, dogmatician and a diplomat,
    All these enveloped in his priestly life and his service to the Church in general,
    To all these qualifications he is still so humble and simple in nature,
    Indeed he is a holy priest.

    His diplomatic service in the Church has led him to many countries and places,
    We also give credit to his humble family of Nwachukwu in NTIGHA ISIALA NGWA NORTH L.G.A. Abia State in ABA DIOCESE,
    He is a linguist, guru and genus,
    Above all he cherished his priesthood more than all these.

    His burning zeal in service and total dedicatedness to duty,
    Saw his elevation as a monsignor and subsequently as the Head of protocol at the Vatican Secretariat of state, having worked as Papal Nuncio to many places,
    All these he conscientiously carried out,
    To God be the glory in all these.

    Msgr Fortunatus, “Tui est sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech”,
    Msgr Nwachukwu, you have been saying “Misericordias tuas Domine in aeternum cantabo” with your golden and thrilling voice,
    Because you are a priest you constantly say “Ego autem cum iustitia apparebo in conspectu tuo, satiabur dum manifestabitur gloria tua”,
    For 25 years Msgr Nwachukwu had been sharing in the configuration of Christ’s priesthood, for “Christus verus aeternusque sacerdos, formam sacrificii perennis instituens, hostiam tibi se primus obtulit salutarem, et nos, in sui memoriam, praecepit offerre”.

    Msgr Fortunatus Nwachukwu as you rejoice in this sublime gift of God to man after 25 years, I humbly wish to say these:
    R – REACH to people Christ at all time in your priestly service.
    E – ENTER the altar always with pure heart.
    V – VOCATION to the priesthood is a privilege not a right.
    M – MAINTAIN your dignity always.
    S – SANCTITY of life ought to be constant.
    G – GATHER all who come to you for Christ.
    R – REMAIN in union with Christ always.
    F – FOCUS your mind to eternity in your daily services.
    O – OUTSTANDING ought to be your holistic presentation of your priestly integrity.
    R – ROYALTY is this call for service.
    T – TOUCH holistically all that come to you.
    U – UNITE people by presence always.
    N – NEVER take any temptation as small.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    T – TEACH in every circumstance as a priest.
    U – UNDER the guidance of the Holy Spirit no evil shall touch you.
    S – SAVE people with the sacrament of reconciliation.
    N – NEVER forget your primary duty as a priest.
    W – WATCH and pray as to overcome the devil in any form.
    A – ANSWER ALWAYS, “I am present, ready and willing” in your assignments.
    C – CONSOLIDATE your response each day.
    H – HOLD firm your virtues always.
    U – UTILIZE your opportunity to prepare for heaven.
    K – KINDNESS should flow from your being.
    W – WISDOM of God ought to be prayed for all the time.
    U – UNION with God is eternity.

    I therefore pray God to continue to strengthen you in your daily services,
    May he forgive your past,
    May he bless your present,
    May he continue to nourish your future.

    May the Blessed Virgin Mary always cover you with her mantle of purity. Amen.
    Congratulations on your joyful, mature, delicate and sacrificial mission of Christ which you are involve.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (a formator in St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe from 10th September 1999 – 28th August 2007) an Okigwe Diocesan priest, presently a student of LITURGY in PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITA’ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA.

  5. I join the many people of God and the Catholic Church in congratulating His Grace Most Revd. Dr. Jude Thaddeus Okolo, as the first Nigerian and third African Nuncio. Your dedication to your calling as priest has taken you to this heigth. May you never go weary as i envisage in you propects of more appointment(s) ahead of you. You are a model for many now and it is not unnoticed as many now envisage you are treading the paths to saintlyhood. May your shinning example never go dull as you have shown dedicatedness to this noble calling to the priestly life you have choosen and which Christ called you to. With many spiritual affection. Bloom wherever you are planted.

  6. Good Friday 10th April 2009, meditation at Santuario Monasterio di Montevergive Mercogliano by Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujoffor.

    The day is still and tranquil,
    Nature is at its most calm condition,
    No noise is heard,
    The weather is brightened by the chilled sun.

    God-man is symbolically at Gethsemane,
    Jesus is experiencing the naive quietude of man’s concept,
    Though his nature was Divine,
    He accepted human nature to uplift and up-grade the son-ship of man.

    Human nature abhors stillness,
    Man by nature is an enemy to calmness,
    Human beings are in constant turmoil,
    This is so because we are in warfare with the creator of serenity.

    The mystery of Good Friday is a form of contradiction to man’s likings,
    Man prefers freedom in his search to be engaged,
    This engagement which suppose to be Christological,
    Are thwarted by immorality and deliberate cum conscious spiritual debasement.

    Lord Jesus, as you hang on the cross for me,
    Look not on my selfish desires and ambitions,
    My thoughts are full of distracted imaginations,
    Permit me to share in your divine silence.

    O Lord, your death is LOVE for me,
    Yet, I abhor this divine gesture by my sins,
    I am in continuous dislike and abhorrence of your love to me,
    May I understand that love, so that I may be saved.

    O Lord, by my sins I continue to renew your wounds,
    The blood and water from your sides are the great signs of my salvation,
    Yet each time I deliberately contaminate them with my stupidity in sin,
    Yet, what is my being that you care for always?

    By your mystery Lord, you raised me to the highest point as a human,
    Lord, you allowed me to be configured in your priesthood,
    You drew me to yourself as to share in your power of creation,
    This power of creation, I, mere and wretched creature exercises in my priestly duties daily in the church.

    O Lord, for the many times I have shared in your sacramental creation unworthily, pardon me of my insensibility,
    For the uncountable scandals which I have committed consciously or unconsciously , Lord erase completely the idea from the hearts and heads of those involved, for their sincere love and respect of your priesthood,
    For the sacrileges which I have plundered myself into, Lord Jesus make me innocent and pure once again,
    For many vocations to the priesthood and religious life which I have failed to nurture or encourage consciously or unconsciously by my indifference, O Eternal high priest pardon me and call them back to your service.

  7. My Dearest seminarians,

    Do you have doubts or are you disturbed in your vocation? Do you think there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?

    Response: The call to the catholic priesthood is for you as:
    1.The only child or Son
    2.The first Son
    3.The only prospective son in your family
    4.An Orphan
    5.The last Son
    6.Brothers of the same parents.

    Pray for illumination from the Trinity and meditate over these words, it is being referred to you as a person, because certainly you fall within any of the above numbers.
    -“Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth… But store up treasures for yourself in heaven…” Matt 6,19-21
    -“I will not offer to Yahweh my God, sacrifice that cost me nothing” 2 Sam 24,24
    Jonah rebels against his mission-Jonah 1
    -“Do not be slow about making offering from your abundance and your surplus. You will give me FIRST BORN of your Children”Ex 22,28
    “Parents ,never drive your children to resentment but bring them up with correction and advice inspired by the lord. Eph 6,4
    -Jonahs preaching and conversion of Nineveh and God¬s pardon Jonah 3.

    “Hoc facite, in meam commemorationem,Do this in a memory of me”Lk 22,19.If you love Jesus Christ in his sacrifice of redemption, He is calling you to be “his –another-self”. Do you want this divine appeal to be turned down? Nevertheless, be aware that this is a vocation, which is summarized in SACRIFICE,OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS. For no one takes this honour upon himself, but the lord has sworn an oath, he will never retract, you are a priest for ever, the very fact that it occurred with the swearing of an oath makes the covenant of which Jesus is guarantee all the greater,Heb 7,21-22
    Pray and work ad sempre for Gods guidance and genuine vocation. Determine to succeed, relaying on the help of the lord. for with the psalmist we constantly say: “Non nobis Domine,non nobis sed tua datur nomen Gloria .Not to us Lord, not to us, but to your name give the glory” Ps 115,1

    -What is God calling you to do? The conviction which we must share is that the call to holiness is directed to all Christians. Lumen Gentium no.5.Acknowledge the Lord’s voice resounding in the temple of your heart.
    Every vocation is part of a divine plan. This means that in God’s creative initiative there enters a particular act of love for those called not only to salvation, but also to the ministry of salvation .John Paul 11.
    Mature in mediation and prayer the choice you are about to make and which, inevitable, you will have to make. If the lords voice rings out deep down in your heart, listen to it “Oh that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your heart” Ps 94[95],8 JP.11

    Who would dare to say No, to the call of the Lord? No one can afford to make a mistake about his path in life. Therefore reflect well, pray to have the light necessary for your choice and, once it is made, pray even to have the strength to persevere, always walking in a way worthy of the lord, fully pleasing him” Col 1,10.JP 11.

    In union with prayer
    and service to God
    Through humanity,
    Rev.Fr.Paul.Ik.Ogujioffor.
    (summer 2009 at MANZANO-UDINE ITALIA ARCIDIOCESI)

  8. CONGRATULATIONS REV FR STANLEY MASILOMPANA OF ARCHDIOCESE OF JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA, ON YOUR 2ND PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY TODAY 14TH APRIL 2009.

    The call to the catholic sacred priesthood is summarized in sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life,
    To mere man there is an ontological transformation and transfiguration,
    This phenomenon is a mystery and a form of re-presentation of Christ the high priest,
    Indeed by sacred ordination you, MASILOMPANA STANLEY is an ALTER CHRISTI acting IN PERSONA CHRISTI.

    On Saturday Octave of Easter Year C, 14th April 2007,
    You were ontological transformed by Christ to be his priest for ever, at REGINA MUNDI PARISH SOWETO,
    Under the Apostolic succession of the prelate Archbishop BUTI THAGALEN,
    You, FR MASILOMPANA STANLEY made a promise to God before the Christians.

    Today 14th April 2009 as we are rejoicing in Octave of the Paschal mystery,
    I thank God in your person for you are an ordinary minister for the celebration of this Paschal mystery,
    In your action as a priest we see the re-enactment of the mystery of HOC FACITE IN MEAM COMMEMORATIONEM,
    In this I say Ad Mayorem Gloriam Dei in the Lord’s vineyard.

    I humbly and sincerely wish to call your mind back on the that faithful ordination day Saturday 14th April 2007,
    Always remember the re-echoing instructions of Christ the high priest through the Mother Church,
    “Teach what you believe, practice what you teach and imitate the mystery you celebrate daily”,
    Never forget your humble response when with a symbolic and liturgical body contact the bishop asked you: “Do you promise obedience to me and my successors?” You answered “I do”.

    FR MASILOMPANA, let these instructions be a vademecum to you,
    FR STANLEY, may this mystery of “eternal-now” continue to be experienced in you,
    FR MASILOMPANA, two years in the catholic priesthood is not two months, two weeks, two days, two hours, two minutes or two seconds but full time of total consolidation and configuration into the sublime call of sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life,
    Therefore, FR STANLEY, I say congratulations to you on this your priestly anniversary.

    FR MASILOMPANA, I sincerely wish to comment on your person,
    On Christmas 2008 I came personally in contact with you at the Santuario Monasterio di Montevergine Mercogliano,
    You really touched my life with your priestly qualities,
    I see in you an honest, simple, open-minded, charitable, outspoken, duty conscious, genuine love of priestly life and service culminated in sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life.

    This year 2009, as you are celebrating your 2nd year in the Lord’s vineyard,
    I came in contact with you again during this Paschal Feast in the Monastery of Montevergine,
    My knowledge about you is consolidated,
    As I enrich myself with your deep priestly thoughts on our lives as priests.

    As I congratulate you today 14th April 2009, in your 2nd year anniversary as a priest,
    Always remember what you are,
    For, Nemo sibi sacerdos- No one is priest for himself, said St. John Chrysostom,
    Therefore, let these be your vademecum:
    R – ROLAYTY is the life of catholic priesthood.
    E – ENTER the altar of sacrifice with pure heart always.
    V – VALUE your call as priest and VISIT the BLESSED SACRAMENT often, it strengthens your priestly spirituality.
    F – FIND joy in your life as a catholic priest.
    R – RENEW your relationship with God in the sacrament of penance often.
    S – SACRIFICE is synonymous to our lives as priests; hence embrace it in your assignments.
    T- TAKE every opportunity you meet in life as a means of enriching others spiritually, morally and intellectually too.
    A – ACCEPT the things you cannot change in life.
    N – NOTHING should come as exchange for your priestly service to others.
    L – LIFE of sacrifice without a sacrifice is a contradiction and a debasement to the priestly vocation.
    E – ENDURANCE is a sine qua non in your daily activities as a priest with others.
    Y – YOU are a source of enlightenment to people, ipso facto; draw them out from their ‘allegory of the cage’.
    M- MAINTAIN your priestly dignity always.
    A – ADMIT your nothingness before God that he may shower his abundant graces on you.
    S – STUDY daily, in so doing you will always be a school to many.
    I – IMITATE Christ the high priest.
    L – LOWER yourself before others that they may experience Christ in you.
    O – OBEDIENCE in the priesthood brings about the tranquility of mind and body in your service and life as a catholic priest.
    M – MAKE your visit to people pastoral no matter how short or casual it may be, in so doing you increase the urge for the service of God and too foster vocation to the priesthood and religious life, without your knowledge.
    P – PUT the interest of the church and others first always, that God will be your reciprocity.
    A – “AGE quod AGIS” is a key to your health as a person more so in your life as a priest.
    N – NEVER give the devil a chance in your life.
    A – APPRECIATION to God’s gift to others, transforms your imperfection into virtue.
    Once again congratulations on your sacerdotal anniversary. Tui est sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordine Melchizedek.
    A.M.G.D.

    Your brother-priest,
    Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor
    OKIGWE-DIOCESE NIGERIA.

  9. SEVERINUS MWANGU NDUGWA (REV FR) @ 40 TODAY (15TH JULY 1969 – 15TH JULY 2009) IS STILL ONE OF THE INFLEXIBLE CHARACTER, HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    FR MWANGU SEVERINUS NDUGWA, you were born of a humble family of MR LAZARUS & MRS HELEN (both of blessed memory) NDUGWA MWANGUTSYA in RWENTSINGA village of MBARARA,
    On the 15th July 1969 you entered this privileged family as a treasure and special being,
    ST. SEVERINUS preached the message of Christ, he educated the monks to the prayer, to the fear of God, to the cult of the Sacred Books and he built monasteries with strategic criterion, in sure and distant barbaric places,
    FR SEVERINUS your existence for these 40 years, more so within your 12 years in the Catholic priesthood is a true copy and reminiscence of the special apostolate of your patron saint which also you have been in even here Italy as a student priest on Sacred Liturgy.

    Like your patron ST. SEVERINUS, you are a practical and austere man,
    You have stamped your life to the penitence in the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
    You are always SIMPLE and GOOD LUCK as the meaning of the ST. BONAVENTURE (O BONE VENTURA – Latin) the saint of the proper day of your birthday 15th July,
    You share in the greatest privilege God has given to mere man that is the Catholic priesthood, more so as an expert in the science of the celebration of this MEMORABILE the SACRED LITURGY.

    Life is meaningless without celebration,
    Celebration is not just a concept but a reality,
    This reality is an activity in constant motion,
    Hence, each day something must be celebrated by someone or some people.

    Celebration in this mode is that of joy, hence celebration of joy is part and parcel of human existence,
    Humanity makes sense when it is punctuated by activities,
    Mental and bodily activities, man busy himself with daily,
    Recalling these activities history is celebrated.

    Celebration is always in the present,
    The motive of celebration may be that of calling back our minds on events that already happened,
    Birthday celebration is a moment of remembering the past,
    Hence I wish to recall the birthday of one, so dear.

    On this day I wish to recall a love of a worthy brother so practical in love,
    You always show concern of my well being,
    No other person rather than you REV FR SEVERINUS MWANGU NDUGWA,
    Like the meaning of your name, you are OF THE INFLEXIBLE ONE, in words of KAROL WOJTYLA (JOHN PAUL II) your virtue of the fortitude proceeds of equal footstep with the ability of sacrifice to others.

    You are indeed the custodian of the virtues and meanings of your parents’ names,
    LAZARUS (GOD IS OUR HELP) you are indeed a philanthropist to many,
    HELEN (SPLENDENT or SHINNING AS THE SUN) you are a “Sun of enlightenment” shinning to all that ever come to you,
    You are an icon which is already in the history of prosperity as you are celebrating your 40th birthday today.

    Christ’s presence is manifested in your acts,
    Your smile is an oasis of courage,
    Your brotherly concern is full of sincere contactness,
    Your human relationship is a Gospel to all.

    Dearest MWANGU, it is a credit to those who have known you,
    It is a plus for those who casually come in contact with you,
    Your humility, humorousness and prompt quest to sacrifice is a lesson,
    You never ceases in the practice of these rear virtues.

    Your sacrifice is full of graciousness,
    Your love is very much selfless,
    Your manifestation of Christian charity is worth mentioning,
    Our Mother Mary will continue to cover you with her mantle of chastity.

    Remembering one’s birthday shows a form of concern,
    This concern is embedded in reminiscence,
    The reminiscence draws closer the reality of knowing,
    Therefore to someone special like you, I say happy birthday.

    The family of LAZARUS and HELEN MWANGUTSYA re-echoes in joy,
    Why? Because they are remembering the birthday of a baby born who came among them 40 years ago,
    What a great joy in this family,
    Today, 15 July 2009, we make anew that joy in Italy.

    This joy is so special because of the person involved,
    Saint Paul said, “Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord”,
    Indeed we are rejoicing in the Lord,
    For, an “ALTER CHRISTI” is celebrating his birthday.

    I am personally happy for you in this birthday,
    It was on 26 July 1997 that were ordained a priest,
    For 12 years, you have been deeply involved in the service of God in humanity,
    AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.

    Therefore on a day like this,
    Be reminded of what you are,
    The priest of God in the Holy Catholic Church,
    Hence, remember your promises when were ordained on 26 July 1997.

    As you begin a new life today,
    My prayer to you this day is;
    God will forgive your past,
    He will bless your present and nourish your future.

    AD MULTOS ANNOS

    In union with prayer,

    REF FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER 2009 MANZANO-UDINE)

  10. Buon Compleanno ALL’ETÀ DI 60 ANNI RIVETTI MONS Giovanni (NINO) 21 luglio 1949 – 21 luglio 2009

    La vita è insignificante senza celebrazione,
    Celebrazione non è solo un concetto ma una realtà,
    Questa realtà è un’attività in moto continuo,
    Ogni giorno qualche cosa deve essere celebrato, da qualcuno o delle persone.

    Celebrazione in questa maniera è quella della gioia, perciò celebrazione della gioia è parte e pacchetto di esistenza umana,
    Umanità ha senso quando è punteggiato da attività,
    Attività mentali e fisiche, uomo occupato lui con quotidiano,
    Richiamando questa storia di attività è celebrato.

    Celebrazione è di presente sempre,
    Il motivo di celebrazione può ritornare quello di gridare le nostre menti su eventi che già sono accaduti,
    Celebrazione di compleanno è un momento di ricordare il passato,
    Quindi io desidero richiamare il compleanno di qualcuno speciale anche caro.

    In questo giorno io desidero richiamare un amore,
    Lui è profondamente innamorato col sacro liturgico musicale, allora lui è Agostiniano in spirito perché “colui che canta bene prega due volte”,
    Lui è generoso ed ospitale, quindi dà un accoliegnza a persone senza saperli prima,
    Don NINO Lei non solo ama tutte le gioventù che viene a Lei, Lei è disponibile a tutti sempre,
    Sinceramente, io vedo in Lei un prete devoto, meditativo e santo e profondo, socievole anche con relazione umana ed alta.

    La presenza di Cristo è manifestata nei Suoi atti,
    Il Suo sorriso è un’oasi del coraggio,
    La Sua preoccupazione fraterna è piena di sincerità,
    La Sua relazione umana è un Vangelo a tutti.

    Don NINO prediletto, è un credito a quelli che L’hanno saputo,
    È una quantità positiva per quelli che entrano casualmente in contatto con Lei,
    La Sua umiltà, simplicità e ricerca pronta per sacrificare sono una lezione,
    Lei non cessa mai nella pratica di questi le virtù di retro.

    Il Suo sacrificio è pieno della grazia,
    Il Suo amore è moltissimo altruista,
    La Sua manifestazione della carità cristiana è valore menzionando,
    Nostra Madre Maria continuerà a coprirla col suo manto della castità.

    Ricordando il compleanno di uno mostra una forma di preoccupazione,
    Questa preoccupazione è conficcata in reminiscenza,
    La reminiscenza disegna più vicino la realtà di sapere,
    Perciò a qualcuno speciale piaccia La, io dico Buon Compleanno.

    Il 21 luglio 1949 un bambino speciale entrò nel mondo,
    Una voce fu sentita in una famiglia umile e modesta di SIGNOR GIUSEPPE e SIGNORA LUCIA-Maria (MARIUTE) RIVETTI di TORVISCONA-UDINE ITALIA,
    Un bambino umile, rispettoso, e buono fu dato il benvenuto,
    Poco si chieda poi faceva qualcuno sa che un apostolo di Cristo nacque MONSIGNORE GIOVANNI ZORZINI (NINO) RIVETTI, un esperto in archivi custodia, con un’affinità speciale all’nostra MADRE MARIAN SANTISSIMA.

    La famiglia di RIVETTI risuonarò in gioia,
    Perché? Perché un bambino nato era fra loro,
    Quello che una grande gioia in questa famiglia,
    Oggi, 21 luglio 2009 Parrocchi intera di MANZANO, MANZINELLO, CASE, OLEIS e SAN LORENZO fanno di nuovo quella gioia.

    Questa gioia è così speciale a causa della persona coinvolta,
    San Paolo detto che “Allieti, si allieti nel Dio”,
    Effettivamente noi stiamo allietandoci nel Dio,
    Perché, un “ALTER CHRISTI” sta celebrando il suo compleanno.

    Io sono personalmente felice per Lei in questo compleanno,
    Era 18 marzo 1976 quello fu ordinato un sacerdote,
    Per 33 anni, Lei è stato coinvolto profondamente nel servizio di Dio in umanità
    AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.

    Perciò in un giorno come questo,
    Sia ricordato a di quello che Lei è,
    Il prete di Dio nella Chiesa cattolica e Santa,
    Quindi, ricordi le Sue promesse quando fu ordinate il 18 marzo 1976.

    Come Lei cominci una vita nuova oggi,
    La mia preghiera a Lei questo giorno è;
    Dio perdonerà il Suo passato,
    Lui benedirà il Suo presente e nutrirà il Suo futuro.
    AD MULTOS ANNOS.

    In unione con preghiera,

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE-NIGERIA
    (summer holidays from 1st July to 5th September 2009 with Mon Giovanni (Nino) Rivetti)

  11. SR. M. CYNTHIA CHINYERE OSUAGWU (IHM); GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD AS YOU MAKE YOUR FINAL PROFESSION TODAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2009 IN THE CONGREGATION OF IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

    Today calls for a special deep reflection and great thanks to God for his favours to me,
    Lord, you always bestow your favour on me,
    Lord, you allowed me to be aware of your gift to me,
    This gift and favour are reflected in my name CHINYEREM.

    Lord for your daily favours to me, this is CHINYERE,
    Lord for the things I see in my life, this is CHINYERE,
    For the intentions of the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregation to me, this is CHINYERE,
    For the enlightenment I have ever received, this is CHINYERE.

    At my final profession in the congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary the evangelical counsels are stabilized,
    Therefore my profession of vow of chastity is CHINYERE to me,
    The vow of obedience is CHINYERE to me,
    The vow of poverty is CHINYERE to me as well.

    Lord, as I am finally professed,
    May I always live an exemplary life,
    May I never be proud of any anything,
    For all I have and what I am is CHINYERE.

    From this day forward may I always be consciousness of the following:
    S – SINCERITY ought to be my preoccupation.
    R – RESPECT to all – old, same age and young alike in contact with them.
    M – MOTHER MARY is always my model.
    C – CONSTANT in keeping my vows.
    Y – YEARNING for the things that give God glory.
    N – NEVER allow my position to make me proud.
    T – THANKSGIVING to God for favours and gifts received.
    H – HOLD firm your integrity always.
    I – IMBIBE virtues all the time.
    A – APPRECIATING my congregation in whatever position I find myself.
    C – COLLABORATING with whoever is at the head.
    H – HOLINESS of life to be constant in me.
    I – IMITATING the Blessed Virgin Mary, my model in the religious life.
    N – NOSTALGIA from where I began, that is, my congregation.
    Y – YOUTHFULNESS in the way I carry out my mission and assignments.
    E – EMULATE the good things you observe from people no matter from where.
    R – REACH to people with humility.
    E – ENTRANCE into eternal life ought to start now.
    O – OBEDIENCE will ever help you if channeled to God.
    S – SHOW people that you are a true religious.
    U – UNITE people with your ever smiling oasis of joy.
    A – AGE QUOD AGIS.
    G – GROWTH in spiritual life ought to be continuous.
    W – WITHOUT God there is no success in life.
    U – UPGRADE yourself always in morality, spirituality and academics.
    I – INCREASE your love in acceptance of things asked you by your congregation to do.
    H – HANDLE any office or position you may be asked by your congregation to do with every amount of joy.
    M – MAINTAIN your goodness in the congregation always.
    MAY THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY EVER BE TRIUMPHED IN YOUR HEART, AMEN.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    From,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PUSC- ROMA
    2009.

  12. SR M. UCHEOMACHUKWU URUMA (IHM), TODAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2009 IS MOST REMARKABLE IN YOUR LIFE AS YOUR FINAL PROFESSION REMAINS EVER GREEN IN YOU, IN THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CONGREGATION.

    What and who is I that you have led me so far?
    Lord, my soul will ever glorify you,
    You allowed me O Lord to be your spouse,
    How can I reciprocate this love?

    Looking back at my life I will ever thank you Lord,
    Your portion to me is ever good,
    You allowed me to take and answer your ever good intention as my profession name,
    UCHEOMACHUKWU.

    This name UCHEOMACHUKWU calls to my mind for a daily reflection on you Lord,
    Lord, deepen in me the sincere love of the good intentions to me,
    May I constantly show and make known this name UCHEOMACHUKWU to all,
    Allow all whom I meet daily to appreciate your UCHEOMA in their way of lives.

    In all that comes to me may I accept them as UCHEOMACHUKWU,
    In the practice of my vow of chastity may I see it as UCHEOMACHUKWU,
    In my vow of obedience may I accept it as UCHEOMACHUKWU,
    In my vow of poverty may I see UCHEOMACHUKWU in it.

    My final profession calls for deep reflection and gratitude to God daily,
    I should know that I am not worthy yet the Lord calls and accepted my response,
    Any assignment by the congregation to me is a special vocation and search of holiness,
    For UCHEOMACHUKWU is made manifest in the intentions of the congregation to me.

    Therefore, let these be a vademecum:
    S – SEARCH for God at all times.
    R – REACH out to people with sincerity always.
    M – MOTHER MARY is your model.
    U – UNITE yourself with the intentions of your congregation on you.
    C – CARRY yourself with every amount of dignity.
    H – HOLINESS of life is a must to you.
    E – EMULATE the good things you observe from people no matter where.
    O – OBEDIENCE to God always in your congregation.
    M – MAINTAIN your good relationship with people always.
    A – ACCEPT the things you cannot change in life.
    C – CALL on God at all times.
    H – HOLD firm the good things you do.
    U – UNITE people with your presence always.
    K – KNOW that you are a mirror to others.
    W – WITHOUT God you cannot succeed in life.
    U – UNION with God is ever good and rewarding.
    U – UNANIMITY in evil should be avoided.
    R – RELATIONSHIP with people ought to be Christ-like always.
    U – UNDER the guidance of Our Mother Mary no harm will befall you.
    M – MAKE your presence religious-like in all places and in each moment.
    A – APPRECIATE the virtues and gifts of others always that God may increase yours.
    I – INCREASE your love in the acceptance of the things asked you by your congregation to do.
    H – HANDLE any office or position you may be asked by your congregation to do with every amount of joy.
    M – MAKE your congregation a home.
    MAY THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY EVER BE TRIUMPHED IN YOUR HEART, AMEN.
    CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

    From,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PUSC-ROMA.
    2009.

  13. WHAT AM I THAT YOU HAVE LED ME SO FAR LIKE THIS? MY JOURNEY IN ITALY BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Saturday 21st March 2009 will remain ever green in my life as your priest oh Lord. Reaching San Giovanni Rotondo for a prayerful and recollection trip, the snow was falling on us. Together with FRS. SEVERINUS and ALFRED both of Archdiocese of Mbarara Uganda, we started with snapping pictures with the nature that is the snow. Entering the Church we commenced our prayerful trip down the crypt where san PIO’s body was exposed for prayer and faith confirmation and consolidation. Looking at san PIO, it seems he has was sleeping because every part of him seemed fresh. I had my confession. People from different parts of the world were on prayer pilgrimage, old as well as the young, health and the sick as well. Coming out for the VIA CRUCIS as it was snowing, we saw FAITH at work. I behold two women from U.S.A saying the rosary on their knees climbing the steps of the VIA CRUCIS with devotedness. Oh God what am I that you have led me so far like this?

    Back to the PARROCCHIA SAN CAMILLO DE LELLIS, we continued the journey for the contemplation of nature. With MICHELLE PALUMBO (through his parents SIGNOR GIOVANNI & SIGNORA ELIZABETTA PALUMBO) we drove to Mediterranean Sea. There nature spoke to us and we took photographs with nature in aquatic form. History was made with our presence, in a place of antiquity and clarification of the past made known to us. I saw myself in a 4th century ANTICA BASILICA DI MARIA MAGGIORE SIPONTO-MANFREDONIA. A narrator here gave us a summary of the history and later we signed our names in the register for visitors.

    Back to SAN CAMILLO DE LELLIS, I joined in the administering of the sacrament of reconciliation and by 18.00hrs (6.00 pm) I presided in the Sunday Mass of Saturday evening (21/03/09). At the supper we engaged on our priestly life. Oh God what am I that you have led me so far? From the mouth of FR ALFRED ACRIS, I enjoyed a deep spiritual and moral upliftment. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA gave us an austere talk of high spiritual encounter.

    At (7.00 am) Mass of Sunday 21/03/09 presided by FR ALFRED, Oh Lord you nourished us with classical historic deep moral kergyma. By 9.00am Mass presided by FR SEVERINUS, God you showered us with high spiritual ingredients of the soul. Oh God continue to increase in them the grace of ordination. God you never allow your servants to be in lack in all situations. “Subito dopo” of Holy Mass you rained down your benevolence on us successively from Don FRANCO (Parroco) and the rest.

  14. WORTHY BROTHER-PRIEST, REV FR SEVERINUS MWANGU NDUGWA OF MBARARA ARCHDIOCESE UGANDA CELEBRATES HIS 12TH YEAR IN THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD AT ST. THERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS PARISH WESTMINISTER ARCHDIOCESE LONDON TODAY 26 JULY 2009 (17TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME OF THE YEAR B)

    The journey to the Catholic Sacred priesthood is not a “sandwich” program,
    It is full of integral and holistic formation of the mind, heart, body and soul,
    These bring out a corporate and finished servant of God for the entire humanity,
    This is exactly what we see as a full and mature entity at the ordination of a priest.

    The ordination to the priesthood is the end of a beginning,
    It is a beginning because the whole life of Catholic priesthood is an on-going formation,
    On-going, because the priest is ever in formation and reformation for and with others in his priestly ministry,
    His life ought to be a continuous positive influence to others as Christ wanted it to be.

    I humbly wish to reflect the 12th year anniversary of REV FR SEVERINUS MWANGU NDUGWA with the 12 Apostles’ names and the names of the saints on which day (SS JOACHIM & ANNE) he was ontologically configured in Christ in the mystery of the Catholic Sacred priesthood,
    From 26th July 1997 to 26th July 2009, you FR SEVERINUS MWANGU NDUGWA had been seen as an apostle because you too were sent to the people to show and give them Christ in all you do as a priest,
    Having being with you for two years in Rome and studied Sacred Liturgy as a Specialization course in Pontificia Università della Santa Croce Roma also and being a brother-priest too, I wish to thank God for the gift of Christ’s priesthood in you,
    Be aware that your life is that of SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS.
    Therefore, I meditate your priestly life thus:
    1) PETER (ROCK) [Feb. 22 & June 29] – As PETER, may you always be the rock by which all whom you may meet every where consolidate their faith in Christ, the Eternal priest.
    2) ANDREW (MANLY and HANDSOME) [Nov. 30] – Like ANDREW, may your manly nature and handsomeness be a means of fostering vocation to the priesthood for the youths.
    3) JAMES THE GREAT (WALKING ON GOD’S TRACKS) [July 25] – By your daily walking on God’s tracks as JAMES THE GREAT, may you always draw people to God.
    4) JOHN THE EVANGELIST (GOD IS MERCIFUL) [Dec. 27] – Your priestly ministry as JOHN THE EVANGELIST is anchored majorly on the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, celebration of the Holy Eucharist and proclamation of the Gospel (kerygma). Do all these joy always without complain.
    5) PHILLIP (LOVER OF HORSES) [May 3] – Your special love for natural beings, things and beautiful environments, as PHILLIP, adds vigour to your happiness and love in the priestly ministry.
    6) BARTHOLOMEW (CHILD OF THE BRAVE ONE) [Aug. 24] – As BARTHOLOMEW, the fruitful apostolate of your priestly work is garnished by the bravely nature of your style in the priestly ministry.
    7) THOMAS (TWIN) [July 3] – Your daily priestly celebration of the Mysteries IN PERSONA CHRISTI and your balanced HUMAN RELATIONSHIP are like twin-nature which THOMAS signifies.
    8) MATTHEW (GOD’S GIFT or GIFT OF GOD) [Sept. 21] – The priesthood of Christ which you are privileged to share is a GIFT OF GOD which MATTHEW signifies, so give without charge as Christ commanded.
    9) JAMES THE LESS (WALKING ON GOD’S TRACKS) [July 25] – The miracles done by God in your priestly activities each day and each moment brings out the greatest of God, though you are less than God but TO GOD BE THE GLORY as JAMES THE LESS is seen in your apostolate.
    10) JUDE THADDAEUS (GIFT OF GOD) [Oct. 28] – At the Last Supper JUDE THADDAEUS asked the Lord why he showed himself only to the disciples and not to the world cf. John 14:22. As you participate in the discipleship of Christ as JUDE THADDAEUS, May the GIFT OF GOD-CHRIST HIMSELF, be shown and given to the people by you in all you do.
    11) SIMON (LISTENING or HERAING) [Oct. 28] – Like SIMON the Apostle, please always LISTEN attentively to people in the administration of the Sacraments especially in the Confessional and before the witnessing or officiating of any marriage.
    12) MATTHIAS (GIFT OF GOD) [May 14] – The apostleship of MATTHIAS was done with the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, hence GOD’S GIFT to MATTHIAS. Therefore as you share this gift of apostleship, remain faithful IN THE and TO THIS GIFT, as it is a privilege and not a right.
    On that faithful day of 26 July 1997, the Memorial of SAINT JOACHIM AND SAINT ANNE you were ontological transformed into an ALTER CHRISTI at the presence of God’s faithful people, under the apostolic succession of HIS GRACE MOST REV DR PUAL BAKYENGA (Archbishop of Mbarara) in RUSHANJE PARISH MBARARA ARCHIDIOCESE UGANDA, under the then Parish Priest REV FR DEUS BABISIIMA.
    Remember the most symbolic gesture of body contact with the Bishop at the ordination, when you put your folded hands inside that of the Bishop and he covered them with his, and asked you: DO YOU PROMISE OBEDIENCE TO ME AND MY SUCCESSOR? And you responded: YES I DO and he concluded with a prayer: MAY GOD WHO STARTED THIS GOOD WORK IN YOU BRING IT TO FULFULLMENT and you answered AMEN.
    You reaffirmed these wordings as wrote in your souvenir of priestly ordination: REEBA NDI AHA MUKAM. NAIJA KUKORA EKI ORIKWENDA (HERE I AM TO DO YOUR WILL O GOD) Ps. 40: 7-8. This biblical passage properly indicates the meanings of the names of the Parents of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY whose memorial were celebrated on the day of your priestly ordination; JOACHIM (RAISED BY THE LORD) – Indeed you were raised by the Lord as his priest, therefore as ANNE (GIVE THANKS) your priestly life ought to be that of THANKSGIVING TO GOD each moment of your life. TUI EST SACERDOS IN ETERNUM SECUNDUM ORDINEM MELCHISEDEK. Congratulations on your 12th priestly anniversary of your ordination, 26 July 1997 (RUSHAJE PARISH MBARARA ARCHIDIOCESE) – 26 July 2009 (ST. THERESA OF THE CHILD JESUS PARISH WESTMINISTER ARCHDIOCESE LONDON) under the Pastor-ship of REV FR MICHAEL DALEY.
    In the words of ST. MONICA, SON, REMEMBER ME ALWAYS AT THE ALTAR OF GOD, May you never cease in remembering the souls of your beloved parents LAZARUS and HELEN at the ALTAR OF GOD daily. May they rest in perfect peace. Amen.
    Fraternally yours,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

  15. A HUMBLE, SINCERE AND PRAYERFUL BIRTHDAY WISHES AND REMINISCENCE TO MY BELOVED SISTER, REV SR DR ZITA EKEOCHA THIS DAY 10TH MARCH 2009.

    Life is meaningless without celebration,
    Celebration is not just a concept but a reality,
    This reality is an activity in constant motion,
    Hence, each day something must be celebrated by someone or some people.

    Celebration in this mode is that of joy, hence celebration of joy is part and parcel of human existence,
    Humanity makes sense when it is punctuated by activities,
    Mental and bodily activities, people busy themselves with daily,
    Recalling these activities history is celebrated.

    Celebration is always in the present,
    The motive of celebration may be that of calling back our minds on events that already happened,
    Birthday celebration is a moment of remembering the past,
    Hence, I wish to recall the birthday of one so dear and beloved.

    On this day I wish to recall a love,
    A love of a worthy sister so practical,
    She always show concern of my well being,
    No other person rather than you REV SR DR ZITA EKEOCHA.

    Love is love if only is it is practicalized,
    Christianity is the fallow which grows love,
    The machine of love is faith and hope,
    While the priesthood and religious lives are coordinators of love.

    Christ’s presence is manifested in your acts,
    Your smile is the oasis of courage,
    Your sisterly concern is full of sincere contactness,
    Your human relationship is a Gospel to all.

    Dearest Sr Zita, it is a credit to those who have known you,
    It is a plus for those who casually come in contact with you,
    Your humility, humorousness, disciplined character and prompt quest to sacrifice is a lesson,
    May you never cease in the practice of these rear virtues.

    Your sacrifice is full of graciousness,
    Your love is very much selfless,
    Your manifestation of Christian charity is worth mentioning,
    May our Mother Mary continue to cover you with her mantle of chastity.

    Sincerity is the key to openness,
    Openness is a short cut to appreciation,
    Appreciation is an expression codified,
    Codification is a remote way of concreteness.

    In concreteness there are full of contactness,
    Contactness is the manifestation of feelings,
    Feelings are shown to beloved ones,
    Belovedness is a Christian vocabulary.

    Remembering one’s birthday shows a form of concern,
    This concern is embedded in reminiscence,
    The reminiscence draws closer the reality of knowing,
    Therefore to someone special like you, I say happy birthday.

    As the Church was celebrating the memorial of Sts Codratus and companion martyrs – Marcarius of Jerusalem, Simplicius, Kessog, Anastasia Patricia, Droctoveus, Attalis, Himelin and John Ogivile;
    On the 10th day of March 1950,
    A voice was heard in the family of MR & MRS CHARLES UGO EKEOCHA of EZIALA ENYIOGUGU,
    Little wonder then did any body know that a special spouse of Christ was born.

    The family of UGO CHARLES EKEOCHA re-echoed in joy,
    Why? Because a baby girl and the first issue was among them,
    What a great joy in this family,
    Today, 10th March 2009, we make anew that joy.

    This joy is so special because of the person involved,
    Saint Paul said, “Rejoice, rejoice in the Lord”,
    Indeed we are rejoicing in the Lord,
    Because “CHRIST’S SPOUSE” is celebrating her birthday.

    I am personally happy for you in this birthday,
    Why? Because being so involved in the spiritual and medical apostolate since your youth,
    Today, you are an expert in pharmacy (Pharmacist) and a Jubilarian in the Congregation of Medical Missionary of Mary (MMM),
    Ad Mayorem Gloriam Dei.

    Therefore on a day like this,
    Be reminded of what you are,
    The special spouse of Christ in the Holy Catholic Church,
    Hence, remember your vows when you made your first and final professions in the Congregation of MMM.

    As you begin a new life today,
    My prayer to you this day is;
    May God forgive your past,
    May he bless your present and nourish your future.
    Ad Multos Annos.

    Your brother,
    Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor.

  16. A WONDERFUL BROTHER, MR CAMILLUS IFEANYICHUKWU UGO-EKEOCHA OF EZIALA ENYIGUGU MBAISE CELEBRATES HIS 43 YEARS BIRTHDAY TODAY 27TH MARCH 2009.

    Each day we celebrate the presence and “birthday” of God in us,
    God is “wonder” personified in beings,
    The being, God made in a particular moment,
    Hence, the birth and history of such is recalled.

    God is an “eternal-now”,
    No “terminus a quo” and “terminus ad quem” for him,
    Yet his “similacurum” in creatures has a beginning,
    Such is his history in you DEE CAMILLLUS IFEANYICHUKWU UGO-EKEOCHA.

    In God history is made,
    In him every creature has an existence,
    An existence which is recorded as history,
    Hence, history is traceable.

    Looking back at history, I wish to recall a birthday,
    A moment began as a second,
    Seconds developed into minutes,
    Minutes matured into hours in the record of time.

    The hour graduated into days,
    Days metamorphosed into weeks,
    Weeks transformed into months,
    Months make up the year.

    Years back at a particular time, moment, second, minute, hour and day,
    The family of Mr & Mrs Charles Ugo-Ekeocha re-echoed in joy,
    Why? Because a baby boy was born,
    Oh what a great joy in the family.

    Today 27th March 2009, we make anew your joy in this birthday,
    This is a special brother, so deep in spirituality,
    Your life of asceticism draws you so close to God always,
    Therefore, God’s gifts to you in the understanding of some mystic concepts are put into action.

    Your brotherly love and concern has no equal,
    Your brotherly actions are full of “preaching concretized”,
    Your smile is full of oasis of compassion,
    Your kindness is wonderful.

    Dee Camy, you have made great me with your love,
    Your constant care to me is a gospel which awaits God’s benevolence,
    Your ways will always be oiled with graces from above,
    Oh God into your hands I commend Dee Camy’s worries.

    May the Most Holy Trinity be above you, to bless you,
    Behind you, to protect you,
    Besides you, to cover you,
    In front of you to lead, direct and guide you.

    Oh Mother Mary, cover him with your mantle of purity.
    Be of good cheers, for nothing good is impossible to God-IFEANYICHUKWU.

    Your brother,
    Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor.

  17. BIRTHDAY WISHES TO MRS AGNES ULUMMA ONYEJELAM (NEE UGO-EKEOCHA) @ 55 THIS DAY 19TH MARCH 2009.

    Who is this woman that is celebrating her birthday?
    What is she and why should and one wish to know her and associate with her too?
    Each person is special and unique in his or her own nature,
    For AGNES ULUMMA ONYEJELAM her special and unique nature is with a difference.

    To the family of Mr & Mrs Charles Ugo-Ekeocha of Eziala Enyiogugu,
    AGNES ULUMMA is a form of “family-chemical-covalent and metallic bond”,
    Her infancy, youthfulness and adulthood are forms of natural and spiritual chemical-electromagnetic-configuration of life,
    Manifested in her faith and total trust in God seen in her median (Ugo-Ekeocha) and married (Onyejelam of Ubowala-Emekuku) families.

    The Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary on 19th March 1954 saw Agnes Ulumma into the world and consequently a sign of peace to the families of Ugo-Ekeocha and Onyejelam families, not excluding Ogujioffor and others that know Agnes Ulumma,
    St. Joseph was a just man according to the Scriptures,
    AGNES ULUMMA imbibed this virtue hence people are easily attracted to her,
    Credit to her disciplined and religious parents that brought her up in her knowledge of God concretized in her special and unique moral character.

    The mystery that surrounded her infancy was to her a form of fortification to any situation,
    The Catholic Christian training she had is always seen in her deep love of the Holy Mass, Confession, Holy Rosary and the chanting of Latin hymns,
    This love is also seen in her continuous charity to priests, seminarians and religious,
    She is ardent in austerity, hence her love to people irrespective of gender and class ranks very high as you watch her perform her duty in the hospital as a nurse.

    AGNES ULUMMA, your beauty is stainless and highly magnetic, so is your character,
    You are highly charitable and hospitable to a fault, hence can go hungry as to see others feel at home and satisfied,
    AGNES ULUMMA, you are a beloved sister, mother, family organizer, peace maker and an exemplary wife,
    From my sincere heart I lack words to express what you are actually.

    My being part of Onyejelam and Ugo-Ekeocha families since 2000 opened a horizon of knowing each of our family members,
    You made the family of Mr Raphael & Mrs Philomena Ogujioffor of Umuihe Amalato Aku-Okigwe a special one by your presence and all the members of our family,
    The knot of Ugo-Ekeocha-Onyejelam-Ogujioffor families are unbreakable,
    Credit to a humble, intelligent, wise, religious and spiritual nature of AGNES ULUMMA a great high pace setter.

    Your personality is “AGNES”,
    Your integral and holistic nature is “ULUMMA”,
    As “ONYEJELAM” I have seen nothing to drop of your character,
    But practically everything about you is full of “UGO NKE EKE YA N’ACHA OCHA”.

    Your patience and constant prayer to situations and to persons led me into calling you OGADIMMA,
    Indeed patience is a key to success,
    Your success is full of prudence,
    This prudence brings out your wonderful nature which is extraordinary.

    You are already a Jubilarian celebrating a birthday,
    The Jubilee year is a special year of favour from the Lord,
    In this your GOLDEN + FIVE jubilee celebration,
    My sincere and humble prayer to you is: May God continues to bless you with strong health of mind and body. May he forgive your past, bless your present and Ad simper nourish your future, Amen. HAPPY BIRTHDAY .

    Yours,
    Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor.
    PUSU-ROMA.

  18. CHILEE PASCHAL IRENAEUS ONYEJELAM @ 17 – WHAT A GREAT GURU AND ICON!!!

    God’s plan is irrevocable on us,
    For us humans we see in a limited point,
    But whatever is destined by God is fulfilled within a particular moment in time,
    Oh God behold – CHILEE, is the answer.

    On that faithful day of 4th May 1992,
    During the Paschal tide of the Church,
    The icon CHILEE came into the world,
    The specialty of his birth gave rise to his names CHILEE – May God behold me, and PASCHAL to keep the memory of Easter.

    A dramatic and geometric progressions characterized with electromagnetic properties saw him in the kindergarten, primary and secondary level,
    Each of these academic levels saw and acknowledged him as a genus and extraordinary,
    From the kindergarten to the primary he was known as a “Professor” that he showed till the end, hence continued into St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe,
    At the Seminary, he was extraordinary and he came out as the best candidate with the best NECO result 2008.

    Good tree produces good fruit, To God be the glory,
    I wish to acknowledge God’s special gift on his parents, MR PHILIP UCHE ONYEJELAM who was an excellent teacher, and father, at Federal Government College Okigwe and MRS AGNES ULUMMA ONYEJELAM (Nee UGO EKEOCHA) a seasoned Mission trained nurse of extraordinary qualities, God may your name be praised in these virtues,
    These qualities are bestowed and seen in CHILEE as a bonafide child of this ONYEJELAM family,
    CHILEE the sky is your limit.

    Neatness finds a home in CHILEE,
    Truthfulness and sincerity saw him through in the seminary,
    Innocence and virginity is his watchword,
    Strong will and determination is his ever moving companion.

    ST. IRENAEUS was a great teacher of the faith in the Catholic Church,
    CHILEE take the name IRENAEUS at confirmation,
    He maintained that greatness of his Patron Saint in constant writings,
    His in-depth knowledge left a foot-print in the sand of time in St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe Press Board, which he was the Associate- Editor by then.

    CHILEE is easily loved by people,
    As you celebrate your 17th birthday today 4th May 2009,
    I wish also to appreciate your sincere services to me while I was with you people in S.P.S Okigwe,
    My humbly prayer at your birthday is: MAY GOD FORGIVE YOUR PAST, MAY HE BLESS YOUR PRESENT AND MAY HE CONTINUE TO NOURISH YOUR FUTURE FOR GREATER THINGS AHEAD, AMEN.

    Your beloved master,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA.
    SPECIALIZZAZIONE IN LITURGIA.

  19. Saturday, 16-08-08 12:47
    AN EXTRAORDINARY BROTHER FRANK UCHECHI CAMILLUS ONYEJELAM.

    BEHOLD HIM WHOM EVERYTHING ABOUT IS EXTRAORDINARY,
    HIS BIRTH WAS EXTRAORDINARY AND FULL OF SURPRISES BECAUSE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE THAT SURROUNDED HIM,
    HIS INFANCY GROWTH WAS SPORADIC,
    NEVER CRAWL BUT WITHIN A FEW MONTH, SAT, HOLD SOMETHING, STOOD UP AND STARTED WALKING- BRAVO.

    OH WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY BROTHER FRANK,
    FROM BIRTH HAD BEEN AUSTERE IN NATURE- WHAT A SURPRISING UCHECHI,
    AS A LITTLE CHILD WAS TEACHING MANY PEOPLE CATECHISM- WHAT A WONDERFUL AND PROMISING CAMILLUS,
    HIS INTELLIGENCE, BRILLIANCE AND WISDOM IS HIGHLY ELECTRO-MAGNETIC WITH A GREAT QUALITY AND SOPHISTCATION LIKE INFRA-RED, ULTRA-VIOLET AND GAMMA RAYS.

    HIS LIFE IS FULL OF PRICE WINNING IN ACADEMICS, SPORTS AND OTHERWISE,
    HE IS EASILY LOVED BY MANY,
    MANY PEOPLE ALWAYS LIKE TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM,
    OH WHAT A DARLING BROTHER YOU ARE.

    IN THE KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY SCHOOL HE WAS A “DIETY AND ICON”,
    THOUGH HE LOOKS VERY FRAGILE BUT HIGHLY CREATIVE, MEDITATIVE AND POETIC LIKE THE DIVINE COMEDIAN DANTE ALGHERI,
    THE POEM HE WROTE IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL MAGAZINE WAS EXTRAORDINARY,
    HE IS BLESSED WITH ACADEMIC AND MORAL DISTINCTIONS.

    UYEE IS A GENUIS, GURU, AND A RARE GEM,
    FRANK IS HIGHLY TALENTED,
    UCHECHI IS A COMPUTER WIZARD AND ANALYST,
    HE IS IN LOVE WITH SOCCER.

    HIS AUSTERE NATURE SPRINGS UP THE DEEP SPIRITUAL, RELIGIOUS AND MEDITATIVE ACUMEN,
    HE IS VERY FLUENT IN LANGUAGES,
    BEFORE ENTERING THE UNIVERSITY HE USED TO TEACH AND SOLVE ACADEMIC PROBLEMS FOR UNDERGRADAUTES,
    IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL HE WAS THE OVERALL BEST IN SCIENCE AND ART SUBJECTS CULMINATED IN HIS SSCE RESULTS 2006 IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OKIGWE IMO STATE- UYEE YOU ARE EXTRAORDINARY.

    IN THE MADONNA UNIVERSITY ELELE,
    UCHECHI IS HIGHLY INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH ACTIVITIES,
    IN THE FACULTY OF MEDICAL STUDIES FRANK IS A GOAL-GETTER,
    HE IS NOW SHOWING HIS NATURAL ENDOWMEBT,INGENUITY AND INTELLECTUAL SOPHISTRY.

    FRANK, HOLD UP YOUR FAITH IN GOD,
    UCHECHI, MAINTAIN YOUR HUMBLE AND CHASTE NATURE,
    CAMILLUS NEVER LEAVE ANY ACADEMIC STONE UNTURNED FOR THE SKY IS YOUR LIMIT,
    UYEE, I WILL EVER BR WITH IN PRAYERS.

    UCHECHI,I AM PROUD OF YOU,
    UYEE, I LOVE YOU,
    FRANK, KEEP THE FLAG FLYING UNTO GOOD AND EXCELLENCE,
    YOU ARE MY TREASURE AND PEARL.
    YOUR BELOVED BROTHER,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR.(SUMMER 2008).

  20. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 8TH PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY TODAY 4TH AUGUST 2009 REV FR ISIDORE CHIDIEBERE OCHIABUTO OF OKIGWE DIOCESE, PRESENTLY ON MISSION AND THE PASTOR OF ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA PARISH BIG LAKE, CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAN ANGELO, TEXAS.

    See how time flies FR ISIDORE,
    FR CHIDIEBERE, it is already eight years today 04/08/01 – 04/08/09,
    FR OCHIABUTO, you were ordained a priest in ST. MARY’S PARISH ARONDIZUOGU on 4th August 2001,
    It was marvel, remarkable and special, for I still remember on that faithful day that there were two bishops at your ordination.

    During the imposition of hands I still remember, after the ordaining prelate BISHOP ANTHONY EKEZIE ILONU (the then Bishop of Okigwe Diocese), MOST REV DR MARK ONWUHA UNEGBU (the then Bishop Emeritus of Owerri) imposed his hands as well, followed by MSGR EDWARD NWAFOR (all from your home town-ARONDIZUGO),
    I recall with joy our togetherness as formators in ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE,
    I make a reminiscence of your great contributions in Latin language to the seminarians,
    Your simple, brotherly, disciplined life and the spirit of justice for all will remain unforgotten.

    FR CHIDIEBERE, I wish to commend on your philanthropy,
    Though you are not in the seminary as a formator now, you are still preoccupied with the good of the seminarians,
    I humbly wish to commend your special interest and benefaction to NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH,
    AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.

    As you are eight years in the priesthood be assured that your sacrifices will ever be blessed by God,
    Remember always the promises you made on that day of ordination before the people of God,
    Meditate over the profound gesture of your prostration during the Litany of the Saints,
    By that act you professed your nothingness before God.

    FR ISIDORE, in the seminary you taught the seminarians the way to be a good priest,
    Let those noble exhortations continue to re-echo in your mind and heart always,
    Being in a foreign land for mission demands a lot,
    BE always a good ambassador of Christ and our beloved OKIGWE DIOCESE in the CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF SAN ANGELO, TEXAS, as you pastor the faithful people of God in ST. MARGARET OF CORTONA PARISH BIG LAKE.

    From the meaning of your name ISIDORE (GIFT OF GOD), you are really a gift to the Church,
    This gift is special because you share in the extraordinary nature of God as an ALTER CHRISTI,
    IN PERSONA CHRISTI, you forgive the sins of the people of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
    By this act you show people the meaning of your name CHIDIEBERE (GOD IS MERCIFUL).

    CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN!!!
    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (2009 SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI UDINE-ITALIA).

  21. “REV FR REGINALD IBEH (MMAMMA) OFAHIARA DIOCESE-YOU ARE A WONDERFUL BROTHER PRIEST AND COLLEAGUE”. BY PAUL IK OGUJOIOFFOR

    BEHOLD HIM WHOM EVERY THING ABOUT IS PUNCTUATED WITH SACRED MUSIC,
    HE IS A COMPOSER, A CANTOR AND SOLOIST, XYLOPHONIST AND ORGANIST,
    HE STARTED FROM THE SCRATCH IN THE MUSICAL WORLD,
    TODAY FR REGINALD IBEH IS KNOWN FOR HIS EXPERTIZE IN SACRED AND LITURGICAL MUSIC COMPOSITIONS.

    FR REGINALD’S OUTING AT OBAH-ONITSHA ARCHDIOCESE AS A CHOIRMASTER IN BIGARD MEMORIAL SEMINARY ENUGU DURING THE BEATIFICATION OF BLESSED IWENE MICHAL TANSI BY POPE JOHN PAUL II IN 1998 IS STILL THE TALK OF THE DAY FOR THOSE PRESENT,
    HIS MUSICAL BODY MOVEMENT AND COMMANDS WERE ALWAYS MADE REFERENCE TO,
    FR REGINALD,YOUR VOICE BRINGS DOWN GOD’S SUBLIMACY ON THE PEOPLE OF GOD,
    HARDEN SOULS TURN TO GOD BY THEIR LISTENING OF YOUR ANGELIC VOICE.

    YOUR BROTHERLY LOVE IS WORTHY OF EMULATION,
    YOU ALWAYS LOOK FOR YOUR BROTHER PRIESTS WHEREVER THEY ARE,
    I CANNOT FORGET YOUR CONSTANT CONCERN TO ME WHILE I WAS IN THE SEMINARY TEACHING,
    YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU.

    YOU ARE SO WONDERFUL IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIP,
    EVEN WHEN WE ARE NOT NEAR YOU WILL OFTEN TIMES TRY TO KNOW HOW THINGS ARE MOVING,
    OH WHAT A CONERNED BROTHER PRIEST,
    MAY WE CONTINUE TO BE IN UNION WITH PRAYERS.

    THIS YEAR 2009 WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR 10 TH YEAR IN THE PRIESTHOOD,
    MAY WE ALWAYS REMIND OURSELVES OF WHAT WE ARE,
    MAY WE ALWAYS SHOW TO PEOPLE THAT WHICH WE OUGHT TO BE,
    BY SO DOING WE SHALL BE HAPPIER IN THE PRIESTHOOD FOR THE JOY OF SACRED PRIESTHOOD IS IN THE SINCERE SERVICE.

    FR REGINALD, MAY PEOPLE ALWAYS FIND CHRIST COMING TO US,
    FR MMAMMA, MAY OUR PRESENCE BRING RELIEF TO PEOPLE,
    FR IBEH, MAY WE BE CONSCIOUS OF OUR PROMISES ON THE DAY OF ORDINATION,
    MAY WE ALWAYS CELEBRATE THE LITURGICAL MYSTERIES WITH FREVANT FAITH.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR.(OKIGWE DIOCESE)
    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITA’ DELLA SANTA CROCE, ROMA.
    RESIDENCE: ISTITUTO DON CALABRIA 00168 VIA GIAMBATTISTA SORIA 13, ROMA-ITALIA.

  22. REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (UMUIHE AMALATO AKU-OKIGWE) OF OKIGWE DIOCESE, MY 10TH PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY VIS-À-VIS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, TODAY 7TH AUGUST 2009 AT CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO-UDINE ITALIA

    I am well aware of the facts (SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS OF LIFE) that were involved and expected of me as a Catholic priest,
    I deliberately desired and accepted to be ordained a priest,
    I rigorously followed the trainings therein in the seminary formation,
    Then, on Saturday 7th August 1999 when I was called up within the ordination liturgical ceremony, I answered: I AM PRESENT, READY AND WILLING.

    Behold there was an ovation and clapping by the faithful present,
    But did I really understand the significant of that gesture?
    How have I been responding to this call within these ten years in the priesthood?
    How devoted, spiritual, conscientious, holy and morally uplifting have I been?

    My motto is SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM (THAT PEOPLE MAY EXPERIENCE CHRIST IN MY LIFE),
    Is there any thing Christ-like in me within these years?
    How many people do I think have experienced Christ with my presence among them within these years?
    Am I conscious within these ten years, of the ordination exhortation of: BELIEVE WHAT YOU PREACH, PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH AND IMITATE THE MYSTERY YOU CELEBRATE?

    Within these ten years, how sincerely and positively have I responded to I AM PRESENT for the people of God when I was dearly needed for a particular liturgical celebration?
    For those times I WAS PRESENT, how READY and PREPARED was I for the celebration?
    How WILLINGLY have I been performing my priestly assignments without grudges and murmuring in these past ten years?
    What has always preoccupied my mind primarily before each liturgical activity?

    I now put before my whole life as a priest within these ten years vis-à-vis the ten commandments of God:
    1) How sincerely have I been in professing my faith in God or have I been very foolish and egocentric, trying to let me be known instead of giving God the highest worship in what I do as a priest?
    Oh Lord what did you see in me?
    I am the least of all men,
    Depraved of your knowledge,
    Not worthy to stand in your altar yet YOU called me.

    2) How uncountable have I unnecessarily called the name of God in vain, especially among those whom I suppose to teach and lead?
    Oh what is special in me?
    I cannot find anything spiritually uplifting,
    No moral probity to be reckoned with,
    Yet YOU are insistent in choosing me Lord.

    3) How often have I planned or executed unholy acts on these days consecrated by the Lord, even before or after the liturgical celebrations?
    I am nothing and worthless,
    A wretched creature as I am,
    A sinner of the highest order,
    Yet Lord, you called me for the vocation of sanctification.

    4) How often have I understood that ordination symbolic gesture when I folded my hands and put them into that of the Bishop kneeling while he held me and asked: DO YOU PROMISE OBEDIENCE TO ME AND MY SUCCESSORS? I answered: YES I DO. He said: MAY GOD WHO STARTED THIS GOOD WORK IN YOU BRING IT TO FULFILLMENT; and I answered AMEN. For these years how direct or indirect have I involve myself in disobedience to God in the Church?
    Human nature abhors stillness,
    Man by nature is an enemy to calmness,
    Human beings are in constant turmoil, I have involved myself in that, being in warfare with HIM who made me,
    Yet Lord, you called me.

    5) The tongue is deadly than death in a negative form. How many times have I killed or pronounced deadly words against others, many a time in their absence?
    Lord Jesus, as you hang on the cross for me,
    Look not on my selfish desires and ambitions,
    My thoughts are full of distracted imaginations,
    Permit me to share in your divine silence, for YOU have called me to the priesthood.

    6) The sin of scandal is always deadly. How many times have I been scandalous directly or indirectly? Have I been faithful to the promise of holiness of life which I ought to keep?
    The mystery of Good Friday is a form of contradiction to man’s likings,
    Man prefers freedom in his search to be engaged,
    This engagement which suppose to be Christological are thwarted by immorality and deliberate cum conscious spiritual debasement,
    I am not worthy Lord yet YOU called me.

    7) Have I been able to secure the Church’s property or do I take advantage of my position and try to confiscate them for my useless and selfish gain?
    O Lord, by my sins continue to renew your wounds,
    The blood and water from your sides are the great signs of my salvation,
    Yet each time I deliberately contaminate them with my stupidity in sin,
    Yet, what is my being that YOU care for always?

    8) God is truth. The life of priesthood ought to be that of sincerity and undiluted honesty. Have I used untruthful words to convince people or to scale through in life?
    O Lord, your death is LOVE for me,
    Yet, I abhor this divine gesture by my sins,
    I am in continuous dislike and abhorrence of your love to me,
    May I understand that I ought to be saved as well for YOU called me also to be saved.

    9) How do I see or regard woman in and outside the Church walls?
    By your mystery Lord, you raised me to the highest point as a human,
    Lord, you allowed me to be configured in your priesthood,
    You drew me to yourself as to share in your power of creation,
    This power of creation, I, mere and wretched creature exercises in my priestly duties daily in the church.

    10) Have I been destructive with things that come my way?
    In my negligence, insensitivity and insensibility Lord forgive me for YOU called me. Look not on my fragility Oh Lord. May the proclamation of the paschal mystery continuously done in the Eucharistic prayers ever change your people for good.

    I wish at this juncture, to reflect over my priestly life also in relation to the meanings of the ten names of my brothers and sisters:
    1) ROSELINE (17 January) AS GNAWED OR FAIRED AS GNAWED – Was my life as tight or strong as bone in matters that are so direct with my priestly identity?
    2) PAULINA (7 June) TINY – How humble have I been, knowing my nothingness before God.
    3) JOHN (30 March) GOD IS MERCIFUL – How merciful have I been to those who have wrong me directly or those who have been indifferent from whatever I do?
    4) BONIFACE (5 June) OF THE THINGS DONE WELL OR PROMISING DESTINY – Have I been doing my assignments well or how may times have I been able to educate people on what destiny ought to be among Christians or God’s promise to them?
    5) PAUL (25 Jan., 29 June) SMALL – How sincerely have I acknowledged the greatness of God, the great talents of others and not to be proud?
    6) RAPHAEL (29 Sept.) GOD HEALS – In my priestly ministry, how often and readily do I heal people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
    7) PHILOMENA (5 July) LOVED WOMAN – Do I show genuine love to people that come my way?
    8) MARY (8 Sept.) THE LADY LOVED BY GOD – What type of love do I always express when I meet ladies?
    9) EMMANUEL (21 March) GOD IS WITH US – How often am I available to people, bearing in mind that I suppose to be among them always for the exercising of my priestly duties?
    10) PETER (22 Feb., 29 June) ROCK – Have I been able strengthen people’s faith by my celebration of the liturgy, thereby consolidating their faith in God?
    From April 2008 till date, I have received emails and text messages on different occasions exhorting me on one thing or another, how faithful have I been to these words directed to me, reflecting over my whole life as a priest within these 10 years in the priesthood?

    You must have reached the unitive stage of spirituality.

    Fr. Paschal

    AddMonday, April 14, 2008 3:20:49 AM
    To:paul ogujioffor

    Dear Fr. Paul,
    Congratulations to all of us on the special gift of our priesthood. I was amazed at the depth of your reflection and the inspired words that came out of that reflection. I thought, as I began reading the reflection that you were quoting a Mystic, a Father of the Church, or one of the Saints –not knowing that the inspiring words were as a result of your own reflection. I thank you very much for sharing it with us. There is no doubt you have reached the Unitive stage of spirituality.

    You taught in the seminary and are aware of the three stages of the spiritual ladder: Purgative, Contemplative, and Unitive stages. Did you know that by that reflection, you spoke for many of us? What did God see in me that He chose me? I am very weak, can hardly resist temptation of the flesh, can hardly pray much, can hardly spend more than 5 minutes in meditation, can hardly spend one hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament. Didn’t God see all this before He still called me? It’s an enigma to me. In fact, you had me in mind when you wrote: “What is special in me? I cannot find any thing spiritually uplifting, no moral probity to be reckoned with, yet you are insistent in choosing me.” I wonder why you wrote, “yet you are insistent in choosing me,” when He had already chosen us.
    I take consolation in God’s words, Exodus 33.19: “Lord, I who show favours to whom I will, I who grant mercy on whom I will.” Who are we to question God? I am resigned to His Holy Will.

    All I pray and plead is that God may help me to be less unworthy of His call, & that I don’t take His special gift to me –my priesthood — for granted. Once again, thank you very much for giving me a food for thought on this 4th Sunday of Easter.

    Yours in the Risen Lord,

    Fr. Paschal U. Onunwa

    2008.

    Email: Ogun P, De formator
    Someone was seen trying to employ every alternative to inculcate virtues into his students, but the students out of ignorance, tagged him WICKED.
    He shouted, gyrated and flogged. BEHOLD THE TEACHER.
    He was seen during games overseeing offenders’ punitive measures. BEHOLD THE DISCIPLINARIAN.
    He breezed past the corridor, only to resurface on the altar stage doing/giving what he obtained freely. BEHOLD THE PRIEST.
    You dare not distract him during function with his breviary. BEHOLD THE SPIRITUAL BEING.
    He was later seen in the midst of both fellow black and white students scrambling for more knowledge .BEHOLD THE FORMANDEE.
    You zealousness, though exaggerated sometimes, is seriously needed by the Church.
    God loves u.
    Your seminarian,
    Petercanisus Chimaobi Uwakwe. August 2008

    Email: Hello Padre
    There was a priest that I meet, a priest with a less word but when in anger believes in quamprimum corrections, a priest that teaches with perfect principle of excellent quality of good leadership thus, “DO AS I DO AND NOT DO AS I SAID” a priest that recognize that talents are gifts but what people admire is nothing more than GOD acting through him. A priest that spend more time listening, a priest that do not feign when people recognizes his achievement and acknowledges those who have helped him. The only priest that spend more time in studying the behaviour and talent of others both his levels and the under levels. The only priest that is always considering his impact of negative attitude on people around him because he believes fully that it may prevent them from doing there best and living their lives fully, even when people with negative attitude are with him, he will avoid close contact with them until he gathers enough and strong morale to deflect their pessimism. The only priest that can speak clearly, distinctly and confidently, a priest that has excellent forgiveness when people wrong him, the only priest that always wear seat belt every time he is driving. A priest that eats three well balanced meals each day, fruits, vegetables and plenty of water. A priest that use to make sure he have enough deep breathing during the day to keep sufficient oxygen in the blood, the only priest that uses silence and pauses in his speech the same way he uses punctuation in writing communication. The priest that always has himself in mind, his office as a priest and uses prayers to complete the remaining three classes of food.
    Now the question “who is this priest that uses prayers as food, possesses the excellent quality of a good leader”.
    Answer has it to be no other priest than YOU REV.FATHER PAUL OGUJIOFFOR. The priest that can articulate distinctly. Take care of yourself bye 4 now your son. Nnaemeka Okoye August 2008

    From David Okolie and Joseph Okoye

    Email: Excellent leader
    Dearest padre ogun ‘Tu est sarcedos in aeternum’.father u are an epitome of wisdom, faithful which has an origin from ABRAHAM.
    Fr. ikechukwu you are an intellectual guard.
    Fr. paul u are a religious pundict.
    Fr. ogun, nobody can resist your transforming nature.
    Nobody remains d same after staying with u
    Fr. paul u are transforming indeed
    Fr. ogun ur words synchronize with ur action.
    Fr. ogun you possesses all that it takes to b a priest.
    Fr. iyke u are a transformer and a formator.

    Fr. paul ur spirituality sets (pace) example for our priest and seminarians.
    Fr. paul when u were at st.peters u really influenced all and sundry.
    Padre ogun ur smiles keeps us viable all through
    Padre iyke ur seminarians feared u and yet loved u.
    Padre paul u are a disciplinarian,
    Fr. iyke u are non-materialistic but a peace maker

    Padre u are rich in wisdom and creativity
    Ur teachings, actions and life synchronizes with d norms of d church
    Padre iyke i am yet 2 define u if am 2 write on u, it will take me some years, because u are so indefinable that no words that will be appropriate to define u have not been discovered.
    Fr. paul u are indeed a priest.
    padre ogun u are a model 2 all priests and seminarians, in fact u are a liturgical funatic.
    Padre paul the only priest that love simplicity, sincerity, sang-frigidity and epitome of sensationalism.
    fr. iyke ur sensitivity nature had made u 2 b a priest of all people.

    Fr.paul ur simplicity had made u 2 win all heart and with that u study and put down everything surrounding the person ranging from names, English, Igbo and confirmation, parents, brothers and sisters if any, village, relations are not excluded.
    A Magnus priest, a priest that nobody born by woman can study or know d nature. People believe that studying u is like trekking 2 graves on foot because of hardness and sufferings surrounding it they find it difficult to do that. But I have singled myself out 2 trek without sentiment, however here are the result of my sufferings, padre u are Magnus richly and nourish in creativity, fully embrace in your creative self, love solving his problem creatively, u awaking ur creative genius that has been asleep within u possesses and clothed with creative sensitivity. People may see u as a person who claim 2 know all but within u, u know that u are not a scintomnia but u does things excellently. You follow u dreams and stars bomber 2 bomber u are as gentle as dove, but wise as serpent u take decisions sagaciously, ur actions as priest is in line with that of Christ.

    Padre ikechukwu please continue to embrace these ur enviable qualities and never allow the enemies of success 2 steal any 4rm u.
    Padre paul u are blessed beyond doubt.
    Fr. ikechukwu paul ogujioffor u are my mentor and my model ur beloved son JOSEPH remain cool. August 2008

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    Grazie don Paul saluti a tutti a Montevergine. DON LUCA SALACCA – 22/12/08 20:11:15 PM

    See how special u’re to me, that I came by ship just to wish you a lovely Xmas and new year. IBEH UZOCHUKWU – 24/12/08 02:32:10 AM

    I saw you this morning at joyful street, crossing to the favour bus stop. You were later given a ride by blessing and finally dropped by victory garden near Life Avenue. IBEH NICHOLAS – 24/12/08 11:17:09 AM

    Thanks for remembering me. I wish you and family God’s protection throughout this festive period. It’s well in the name of Jesus. Amen IBEH ANAYO – 24/12/08 11:17:17 AM

    The epitome of simplicity! May the joy of Xmas and New Year bring you more favours in the Lord’s vineyard. BE A CATHOLIC PRIEST AMONG MANY REV. FRS. Thanks for your care. I love you as God loves you the more. Feel good! IBEH MUNACHI – 24/12/08 14:13:38 PM

    Grazie don…è bellissimo! Non mancherà la mia preghiera..unita alla tua il signore non mancherà di concedermi la grazia così che io con l’aiuto di Dioimparo da Maria SS. Maestra di vita. Amen. SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE – 27/12/08 20:12:32 PM

    As we step into the now year, I dedicate my 1st Holy Mass of the year to your spiritual and material break through. Be assured that Jesus loves you. I love you too. FR MARK OKORO (ONOPRA) – 31/12/08 19:53:37 PM

    My dear Fr. Paul, I remembered you today. May God’s Spirit guide you in your academic adventures as He guided Saint Paul during his missionary adventures. Amen. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA – 25/01/09 13:26:15 PM

    Dearest Fr. Paul words cannot express the joy I have as being part of you. I beg Almighty God to keep you and guide you as you add one more year. Happy birthday. SR ANN IBEH – 05/02 09 22:44:39 PM

    Thank you so much big brother. I will think of you in a very special way that day. How are you? Hope cool, do have a wonderful day. SR FRANCA IFOH 06/02/09 13:43:38 PM

    Thank God for adding one more year to your life. Happy birthday. How old are you? We are happy for you, Chilee, mum and others wish you many more prosperous years. MRS AGNES ONYEJELAM – 06/02/09 22:13:58 AM

    As you step into the New Year, I wish you God’s blessing and Divine protection. You are remembered in a special way today. Happy birthday. A grace filled New Year. Thank God for your life, do enjoy your day. SR FRANCA IFOH 07/02/09 05:15:16 AM

    Father I wish you happy birthday. May God bless you. SR MARY AKOSIM 07/02/09 06:18:24 AM

    Boungiorno….E boun compleann. Ti ricordo oggi nella santa messa della 8 bacibaci. SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE 07/02/09 07:33:50 AM

    Padre, ka emume-cheta omumu gi, wetara gi ihunanys, oganihu, eze-ochi, ahu-ike, na ogologo ndu. Nke kacha nke, ka o wetara gi udo nke mkpuru obi n’adina mma n’ihu Chukwu. Ya mee. ISAAC IFEANYICHUKWU NWAGBOSO (ONOPRA) 07/02/09 09:06:14 AM

    With fulfilled joy I welcome you into this wonderful new age. It’s time for great fulfillment more than you ever expected, just relax and see your desire. Cheers. Happy birthday, Padre. FRANK UCHECHI (UYEE) ONYEJELAM 07/02/09 10:02:46 PM

    OJI JI JIDE MMA said he will always remember to give you your share, OCHIRI OZOO will supply all your needs; DIKE N’AGHA will fight for you. IKUKU AMA NONYA will deliver you from the enemies’ trap, OZOWARA OLAA will make you untouchable, OKWARA UZU N’IKPA will make a way for you; OJE NA MUO will make a wage your spiritual warfare, OBU NGWO-NGWO will take your burden away, EBUBE-DIKE will hide you under the canopy of SHEKINAH glory, EZE-UDO will grant you an unprecedented peace, say Amen. Happy birthday. BASIL CHUKWUMA OGUJIOFFOR 07/02/09 14:32:50 PM

    Fr, we enjoy you to celebrate this happy moment of yours, we are all happy because the Lord has added 356 days to you. We wish AD MULTOS ANNOS in the Lord’s vineyard. Happy birthday FR OGUN. From myself, my husband, EZINNE and DE BOYZ. MRS UWAKWE 07/02/09 19:47:43 PM

    Oh Fr, we talked about you today. See how minds of the beloved ones work together!! You are always in our mind. I will pray for you!!! I wish you happy birthday! May you celebrate it a million times in future. Bye. MRS ALICE UCHE 07/02/09 20:25:48 PM

    Carissimo mio, happy birthday. I’m going to celebrate Mass for you and your parents (one on earth and another in heaven). Please open the message I gave you. I’m sure you know its owner. Blessings. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA 08/02/09 06:44:26 AM

    My brother, may the good Lord increase his love in your life as we celebrate the feast of SS CYRIL, METHODIUS & VALENTINE. I remembered you with love.Fr. Shala. Italy. FR GEOFFERY MADUABUCHI EBOH 13/02/09 21:19:08 PM

    I wish you happy Val and God abundant blessing all the days of your life. SR MARY OLUCHI AGU 14/02/09 07:00:21 AM

    It’s a season for love, so show love, give love….eat love…talk of love…think of love…look for love….and show love its all about love. Happy Val. SR ANN IBEH 14/02/09 10:26:32 AM
    This is a special day for special people like you and if one spends the whole of the day without thinking of people like you then today is incomplete. Just to say happy val. JOY UZOAMAKA CHUKWUEKEZIE 14/02/09 10:40:16 AM

    Happy Val’s Day. May you be enriched with the love of God now and forever more Amen. Meg. MRS UWAKWE MEG. 14/02/09 18:42:21 PM

    {‘’’’VALENTINE’’’’} ‘’’@’’’’@ ‘’’’I DESIGNED THIS VAL AR FOR YOU TO RIDE TO GOD’S FAVOU, JOY, DIVINE POWER AND WISDOM**HAPPY VALENTINE. REGIS. REGIS CHIDI ONWUDIWE 14/02/09 19:12:17

    Oggi mio figlio Filippo compie 21 anni…grazie x la preghiera che certo non mancherà…baci baci SIGNORA PLAMA RICCIONE 21/02/09 08:23:25 AM

    Grazie don… 6molto gentile..allora!..PALMA 13.3.60, CESARE 29.9.51, FEDERICO 28.3.84, FILIPPO 21.2.88, FRANCESCO 13.10.91. Dio ti benedica e ricolmi dei suoi santi doni.AMEN. SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE 21/02/09 11:12:00 AM

    Happy memorial death of our Lord Jesus. On this Lent, I wish to share with you the joy of charity. Be assured of my prayer and remain bless. Yours, SOLOMON JONAS 27/02/09 21:50:19 PM

    Grazie x il ricordo ma sopratutto x la preghiera….il boun Dio ti ricompenserà…SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE 13/03/09 07:14:29 AM

    Your joy will be forever, victory songs won’t cease from your mouth, and each new day will bring you closer to your destiny in Christ. Have a fun filled day. Hope you are fine? AMARACHI ONWUDIWE 19/03/09 08:22:05 AM

    Ma tu 6 un ANGELO!! Grazie e baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 21/03/09 14:26:16 PM

    Grazie don…che Dio ti benedica.. PALMA RICCIONE 28/03/09 11:08:40 AM

    As we commemorate the institution of the sacred priesthood and as you renew your priestly vow today, I wish you a happy feast day and many more yours in God’s vineyard. UWAKWE CHIBUIKE 09/04/09 (Holy Thursday while I was in Montevergine) 08:01:39 AM

    Thanks dear Great Mentor. We also had ours today. I explained myself to your brother (Papa Ephrem) today. He was happy. Mmachi had put to bed a baby boy. Your pix were great. We owe ourselves prayers. J’apprecie tout les choss du vous. Merci et bonnuit! MUNACHI IBEH 09/04/09 (Holy Thursday while I was in Montevergine) 22:11:10 PM

    This is a season to pray, to love, to care, to smile, to relax and to thank God for the gift of SALVATION. HAPPY EASTER. STANLEY NDUBUISI OKAFOR 11/04/09 (Holy Saturday while in Montevergine) 10:48:35 AM

    Grazie don…Questa sera sarò madrina della piccolo DOMINIQUE che sarà battezzata…baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 11/04/09 (Holy Saturday while Montevergine) 21:13:05 PM

    Mille grazie caro mio e bouna pasqua anche a te. FR MIKE AGBAYI 12/04/09 (EASTER SUNDAY while in Montevergine) 00:14:21 AM

    May the RISEN CHRIST bless you with what you prayed for; REWARD you with what you WORKED for; GRANT you what you HOPED for and SURPRISE you with what you have NOT ASKED for. He is out for your joy. Happy Easter. SR ANN IBEH 12/04/09 (EASTER SUNDAY while in Montevergine) 10:13:44 AM

    At the chaotic moment of our life, if we pray and reflect under the shadow of the cross of Christ, our dark days will become great days, for the providence of God presides over human affairs, and may the Almighty god keep you from all harm and bless you with every good gift. Ututu oma na Sunday oma. FR AGOWUIKE ONYEDIKACHUKWU (TOFA) 10/05/09 06:02:09 AM

    Oggi è l onomastico di mio nipote MATTIA ti prego x un ricordo nella Santa Messa. Baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 14/05/09 12:57:38 PM

    Fada am 100% grateful may the Almighty God abundantly reward you, you have really surprised me, my mum is very grateful too. IMMACULATE ONYINYE LEWEANYA 26/05/09 22:04:02 PM

    Your joy will not be once upon a time, victory song will not cease from your mouth, and each new day will bring you closer to the fullness of your destiny. Have a blissful day. NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH 12/06/09 11:09:47 AM

    Good luck. You will come out in flying colours. FR PATRICK UGWAKA (ONOPRA) 14/06/09 10:13:01 AM

    Joy @ its peak, grace @ its depth, peace @ its horizon, blessings @ its pinnacle, favour more than your expectation. This will be your package this day and always. Happy feast day. NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH 29/06/09 (SS PETER & PAUL) 08:30:09 AM

    As you celebrate your feast day, I asked the Good Lord to bless, wisdomize, and crown all your good wishes with resounding success. IGNATIUS NDUBUISI 29/06/09 08:52:45 AM

    Happy feast day. I prayed for you. Hope you are fine. I wish you the best. Ciao SR JULIET (PASSIONIST) 29/06/09 18:31:31 PM

    Thanks dear brother for such kind thoughts. We thank God for being kind to us. May my great parents enjoy His presence nel cielo. Missing you today! FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA 15/07/09 06:07:18 AM

    Grazie! Veramente grazie. Mandi (Ciao) IRENE BATTISTUTTA 16/07/09 17:54:08 PM

    I saw you last night at joyful street crossing to the favour bus stop. You were later given ride by blessing and finally dropped by victory garden long life avenue. It’s NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH 21/07/09 06:46:48 AM

    Tantissime grazie carissimo mio. Io sono molto grato. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA 24/07/09 09:36:31 AM

    If our gratitude to God for whatever he sends to us is sincere and spontaneous, it will provide us to recognize His gift and to appreciate their true values in a deeper sense, as sign of His love for us. May His love, care and protection continue to guide us throughout this week. Amen. Happy Sunday. FR AGOWUIKE (TOFA) 26/07/09 06:10:34 AM

    I’m so happy to have you as a loving, concerned and caring friend. You are in my prayers today. Be blessed caro! FR SEVERINUS 26/07/09 07:36:52 AM

    Today marks my 10th year in the priesthood. As I pray for myself, I pray for all who are special and dear to me; you are one of them. May God bless you and your efforts = FR OGOKE J.C 31/07/09 07:05:39 AM

    Bon après midi, pere. Comment ça va? A week toady marks your 10th anniversary. As you prepare, may God aid you. Amen. Au voir, mon grand ami. MUNACHI IBEH 31/07/09 15:38:07 PM

    We turn to God in our need, in His great compassion He answers us, He is Good Samaritan to us, what we need most of all is not money, not even health, but rather the ability to forgive our neighbour and to LOVE. May God bless our activities always. Happy Sunday. FR TOFA 02/08/09 06:05:32 AM

    Padre, Good morning as I prepare to go for Morning Prayer, I said let first wish you a happy 10th anniversary for God loves you. MAGNUS AKACHUKWU NWAKWO (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 05:48:45 AM

    Auguri per ì tuoi 10 anni di sacerdozio prego per Te ciao! SUOR FRANCESCA 07/08/09 07:26:55 AM

    I wish you a wonderful birthday as a priest of God filled with too of life’s most precious gift, hope and happiness. I’m also enclosing a big smile, a warm hug and above all God’s blessing on this special day of yours as you celebrate your 10th year as a Catholic priest. SAMSPON ONWUMERE (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 07:18:58 AM

    Fr, I said a prayer for you today @kw God must have heard it. I felt the answer in my heart although he spoke no word. I asked that he’d been near you at the start of each new day. Happy anniversary. Miss you. SR SOCHINWE CHUKWU (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 07:58:58 AM
    My hearty congratulations. May the good Lord continue to bless and keep you in his ministry. Ciao. SR JULIET (PASSIONIST) 07/08/09 09:54:00 AM

    For so many people, it is a time of joy and wealth acquisition. For me, it is a time of God’s blessings, I pray in a special way for God to renew and revitalize you both physically, spiritual and otherwise. I ask our Mother Mary for her powerful and ceaseless intercession. May the power of the TRINITY establish and lift you up to a desired end. AMEN. IGNATIUS NDUBUISI 07/08/09 08:57:04 AM

    I wish you long life, God’s blessings in the priesthood. Ti augurone. Un bacio. Ti aspetta quando torno, festigiamo insieme. MRS MARIA GORETTI OKORO 07/08/09 10:10:18 AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. God bless you. MR JUDE OKORO 07/08/09 10:15:03 AM

    Fr, Chukwu gozie. Congratulations. Ogolondu na Lord’s vineyard. Anyi no n’ MARE (SEA) with umuaka. Auguri. SR CHINYERE DMMM 07/98/09 10:26:47 AM

    Ti ricorda nell’ mia preghiera. Ti augurone. Ti celebrarè a CASE. Ci sentiamo domani. DON NINO 07/08/09 10:28:39 AM

    You may be out of my sight but not out of my heart. You may be out of my reach but not out of my mind. I may think you are alone but I always think about you and you will always be special to me. Be assured of my prayer and happy anniversary. I love you. BENNICHOLAS OBIKE 07/08/09 11:01:07 AM

    Congratulations. Auguri. Ci sentiamo più tardi. REV IFEANYICHUKWU ISAAC NWAGBAOSO (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 12:15:03 PM

    Padre mio, ho riecvuto il tuoi richiesta. Come andato il vacanza. Spero sempre bene. Auguri desiderio molto anni in Vingna di Dio. Ciao. SR PAULINE OBASI (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 12:15:17 PM

    God has indeed blessed the universe through impeccable and unalloyed service to humanity. You are indeed an epitome of humility and love accompanied with charity, forgiveness, temperance and reverence for God. As you celebrate your 3,650 days in the Lord’s vineyard, I pray for nothing but many more prosperous years. Congratulations. Mundus and mum (will call you in the night). 07/08/09 12:15:47 PM

    Fr. Paul, I received your message. We are feasting here, what of you? Am happy for and am praying for you. Keep on moving to the Lord. Congratulations as well. REV FR (LIEUTENANT) PATRICK ODIRACHUKWUMA ORJI (MY TWIN BROTHER IN ORDINATION) 07/08/09 01:53:23 PM

    My beloved master, I want to hear your voice again and also say congratulation for your 10 years in the priesthood. Fada ikawakwaloo, kamgbe enu afo iri agala. I love you. MUNACHI IBEH 07/08/09 02:32:01 PM

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Fr. For reaching your recent feat. Ten years is not a child’s play. Remain not only a “REV FR” but a “CATHOLIC PRIEST”. Je vous aime. A bientot. MANUCHI IBEH 07/08/09 13:51:30 PM

    Nwanneukwu congrats for ten years of YES and FAITHFULNESS. May God sustain you in his love. Tanti Auguri a Te. FR GEOFFERY EBOH (wrote from the Santuario Monasterio di Montevergine Mercogliano) 07/08/09 17:07:19 PM

    Ciao don..Io faro knell specifico..xo tutti i giorni nella Santa Messa ricordo i sacerdoti in particolare mood quelli della mia AFRICA…Dio ti benedica e ricolmi dei suoi doni..baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 07/08/09 18:47:22 PM

    Paul, I just finished celebrating the Holy Eucharist and I thought of you in a special way. I wish you more grace of the priesthood. Happy anniversary! FR PAUL ODOEME 07/08/09 20:01:27 PM

    May the joy of today bring you the blessings you have always wished for, the happiness you have always wanted and love you have always dreamt and shared among every one as today counts your 10th anniversary, may what ever you ask God for this day be what you get. Amen. Happy anniversary. . JOY UZOAMAKA CHUKWUEKEZIE 07/08/09 20:09:16 PM

    Priest of the Lord you shall be named. Minister of God you shall be called. You will eat the wealth of the nations and boast of riches from them (Cf. Isa. 61:6). Happy anniversary. JOHN PAUL CHIBUZO IGBO 08/07/09 21:42:41 PM

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    Okoye Joseph

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    To:ephremraph@yahoo.com

    GOODWILL MESSAGE

    “Who the cap fits let him wear it” dear father, it is in line with above that I use to re-echo the words of Baboski by saying that: the time has come for you to rejoice like DAVID, reign like Solomon, lead like Joshua, laugh like Sarah, favoured like Esther and established like Joseph (cf. Baboski W. issues of our time, 1989). In the light of the above, I wish to express my unrelenting dedication, concern and support to you as you celebrate your 10th anniversary.
    Padre, I pray thee to be courageous in imitating Christ the eternal priest. As he promised us that he planted the sacred priest-hood by a river side, as such, you are planted by riverside, you are watered by God, you are flourished with success, prosperity and to be ever green. May your days be full of pleasant surprises and your joy will not be once upon a time, victorious songs shall not cease from your mouth, every new day will bring you closer to the fulfillment of your destiny, as you keep on up-holding your dignity.
    Father, I lack words to express my concern, but all the same I wish you glamorous day filled with banquet of love, happiness, joy and all your favourites.
    Before slapping of my pen, I wish to let you know that your norm which is inculcated in me shall never cease. I am looking forward therefore, sharing with you the sweet success of the celebration.
    Good luck to you dear padre
    From your beloved son Joseph .N. OKOYE
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    buon anniersario!

    Antonio Rodríguez de Rivera

    Add Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:45:04 PM
    To: Paul ogujioffor

    Carissimo Paul,

    Un saluto affettuoso! Tutto bene a Manzano?… Saluti per D. Nino. Quale programma hai per l’anno accademico prossimo?

    Domani sarà il tuo 10º anniversario di ordinazione: ben unito al tuo ringraziamento a Dio, ti assicuro una preghiera particolare nella Santa Messa, affinché il Signore ti dia un grande cuore sacerdotale, come quello del Curato d’Ars, che seppe identificarsi con i sentimenti di Cristo. Quest’anno sacerdotale sarà un anno di grazia per i presbiteri e per la Chiesa, cerchiamo di corrispondere agli abbondanti doni divini. Nel mese di luglio sono stato in Francia e ho avuto la gioia di fare un pellegrinaggio ad Ars: lì ho pregato per te e per tutti i miei amici sacerdoti.

    Prega per la mia conversione. Unito a te nel Cuore di Cristo, un abbraccio fraterno

    Antonio

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Goziem Franca

    View Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:08:58 PM
    To:ephremraph@yahoo.com

    Nwannem,

    IBU UKOCHUKWU EBEBE NA USORO NKE MELCHIZEDEK.

    Ten years ago you were elevated to the High order of priesthood. Not because you merited it but out of His love He chose you to be a partaker in His Divine bounquet. Congratulation for it is not easy.

    In all these years no doubt you must have experienced so many ups and downs, joys and sorrows, storms and winds but the Lord has not in any way abandoned you. Congratulations.

    As you celebrate tomorrow this privileged call, I wish you all the best and pray that God in His infinite love and mercy will continue to see you through especially when the going gets tough. And may our Sweet and Blessed Mother Mary continue to cover you in her mantle.

    Once again CONGRATULATIONS and all the best. I am happy for you. Enjoy.

    Bye.

    R: Thanks for your kindness

    Hilly

    View Friday, August 7, 2009 9:50:22 AM
    To: Paul Ogujioffor

    Dear Don,
    Thank YOU very much. My students (and I!) were enthusiastic, a great experience for all of us. Thank you for the photos too!
    My congrats for your 10th anniversary.
    Have a nice day, mandi!!!

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    All The Best!

    chisom onwudiwe

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    To:ephremraph@yahoo.com
    Hello Fr,
    I am wishing you all the best as you mark 10 years in God’s vineyard today. More graces and more divine protection are my prayers for you.
    On the question you asked about Victor’s death. I don’t have the date and month. May be you can still ask other people who might source where the date and month are. Bye
    Magnus Chisom
    Imo State (Owerri)

    RE:CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER

    SAVERINUS NDUGWA

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    Carissimo fratello mio Paolo,

    Always thank God for you are who you are. Many more years of faithful service to the Lord. Ti benedica Dio buono sempre.

    Severino.

    Do I really merit most of the words that were directed to me as a compliment?
    Oh Lord Jesus, Eternal priest below is my appeal for forgiveness for all I have deliberately and willingly done wrong to YOU in the priesthood.

    O Lord, for the many times I have shared in your sacramental creation unworthily: Pardon me of my insensibility and insensitivity.
    For the uncountable scandals which I have committed consciously or unconsciously: Lord, erase completely the idea from the hearts and heads of those involved, for their sincere love and respect of your priesthood.
    For the sacrileges which I have plundered myself into: Lord Jesus make me innocent and pure once again.
    For many vocations to the priesthood and religious life which I have failed to nurture or encourage consciously or unconsciously by my indifference: O Eternal priest, pardon me and call them back to your service.
    For my actions against sincere sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life; never let me be cast away in your kingdom for the many times I have plunged myself into such acts within these years in the priesthood.
    Oh God accept my thanksgiving sacrifices, my nothingness and the little acts I have done well. Lord, you said: PAUL my grace is enough for you. May the Holy Spirit continue to renew the grace of ordination in me.
    As you have called me Lord, enlighten me to teach your people.
    As you chose me transform me to sanctify your people.
    Do not deprive me of your Holy Spirit, that I may lead your people with love.
    Oh God bless all who serve you with humility, for to follow you without a cross is very cloudy. To appreciate your cross in our call is eternity. This cross is in sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life. Jesus the Good shepherd, increase the vocation for the love of your cross, the cross of shepherding your flock with patience and love. May I be aware that am also a sheep, hence to hear your voice in my assignments always and every where. Lord with whole heartedness I accept your call. May I never be a hindrance or scandal to your call. May I promote this vocation by my love to you in words and actions.
    Oh MOTHER MARY, cover me with your mantle of chastity.
    LORD, MAY PEOPLE ALWAYS EXPERINCE CHRIST IN MY LIFE.

    APPRECIATION!!!

    I humbly wish to thank ALMIGHTY GOD for the gift of Catholic Sacred priesthood which he allowed me to share and remain in, despite my unworthiness. To my Bishop, MOST REV DR SOLOMON AMAMCHUKWU AMATU, for the opportunity he gave me to study in Rome, I remain ever grateful to him. His fatherly care is ever wonderful. My Bishop Emeritus, MOST REV DR ANTHONY EKEZIE ILONU deserved a wonderful recognition in my life, he ordained me together with REV FR (LIEUTENANT) PATRICK ODIRACHUKWUMA ORJI (who is of Nigerian Army now) at Holy Cross Parish Uturu on Saturday 7th August 1999. I was admitted into St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe on 28th December 1987 by MONSIGOR LUKE ONYEKACHUKWU ILONU (the then Rector and Vocation Director), his influence and care within my seminary days are quite fatherly indeed. While I was serving in St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe, I received care and concern from people ranging from priests, seminarians, religious and lay faithful. Oh God, in your infinite bounty, may you be their care and concern in their moment of isolation. I beg for forgiveness for I cannot mention all names. These priests touched my life for good in a special way while I was in the seminary and they are still on it: REV FRS: PAUL ODOEME, CYRIACUS ONYENUCHEYA, GEOFFERY EBOH, LAWRENCE EJIOFOR, PATRICK ODIRACHUKWUMA ORJI, ISIDORE OCHIABUTO, MICHAEL AGBAYI, ANTHONY UMEOBIKA, JOSEPH IKE, PASCHAL ONUNWA (of Enugu diocese in USA), MARK OKORO, CYPRIAN OKORONKWO, PATRICK UGWAKA, CLETUS OKOYE, SYLVESTER IHEBUIKE, MICHAEL NKWACHUKWU EBOH, CLETUS EHIEM (my Spiritual Director and Confessor), GODWIN UGURU (ABAKALIKI DIOCESE), PATRICK CHUKWU LEKWEM (UMUAHIA DIOCESE), REGINALD IBEH (AHIARA DIOCESE), OKIGWE NWE OKGWE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION (ONOPRA), ETC. I owe special thanks to all Okigwe Diocesan seminarians (junior and senior) for their different services, love and care to me even now that am out for studies. Lord may you reward them abundantly of their hearts’ desire, most especially, that very many may also share in the mystery of your sacred priesthood. Amen.
    THESE SEMINARIANS WORKED IN MY ROOM AT ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE WHEN I WAS THERE AS A FORMATOR FROM 10TH SEPTEMBER 1999 TO 28TH AUGUST 2007, (OUTSIDE THOSE WHO WORKED DURING HOLIDAYS AND THOSE OF SPECIAL CARE TO ME).
    1. AUGUSTINE OBINNA NNABUIHE OKWE (JS III)
    2. CHRISTOPHER ANOKA ISIKWUATO (JS III)
    3. VICTOR OKECHUKWU IKEFU (R.I.P) ACHARA-OBOWO (SS I & SS II) [DIED AS A 1ST YEAR PHILOSOPHY STUDENT IN BIGARD ENUGU]
    4. MAGNUS CHISOM ONWUDIWE UMUAKAGU-NSU (SS II)
    5. KENNEDY MUNACHI IBEH AÑARA- ISIALA MBANO (JS III & SS I)
    6. VICTOR MADUABUCHI OKOGBUO ACHARA-UTURU (SS I)
    7. MICHAEL ONYEKACHUKWU OKORONKWO UMUALUMAKU EHIME (SS I)
    8. MICHAEL NNOROM UMUDIERIM-IHITTE (SS I)
    9. JOSEPH CHUKWUEBUKA OBIJIOFOR NIMO-ANAMBARA STATE (JS III)
    10. PASCHAL CHILEE ONYEJELAM UBOWALA-EMEKUKU OWERRI (JS III & SS I)
    11. NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH UMUTU-IBEME ISIALA MBANO (JS III & SSI)
    12. VITUS CHISOM OHAGWU OWERRE ISUNABO UTURU (JS III). Oh God you know what is good and proper to each of them, may they experience more care from you as they gave me.
    The families of my seminarians were ever there for me. Oh God bless and grant them their hearts’ desire. For fear of forgetfulness of some and those who may wish to remain anonymous always, I will not mention names. Please forgive me for that.
    I wish also to thank all whom I met here in Italy, while on studies in Rome, for their continuous care and love. I crave the indulgence of some of them to mention their names without their knowledge; for they were everything to me that I can ever conceive which is good in life. May the following accept my sincere appreciations for their love to me; REV FRS VITALIS CHIJOKE ABIAMIRI, KENNETH KURUME, PETER EBUBENNA ANYANWU, GEOFFERY EBOH, REV ISAAC IFEANYICHUKWU NWAOGBOSO and OTHER OKIGWE RELIGIOUS PRIESTS. SR CYNTHIA CHINYERE OSUAGWU (IHM) of AMUZARI, SR MARY AKOSIM (DDL) of ARO-UGWU UTURU (my maternal home), SR JULIET (PASSIONIST) from IBEME and other religious from DMMM, they deserve special thanks for their sisterly care and love. The seminarians who were of special care were very many; because of space I will not call them by names. May they also forgive me for not mentioning their names one by one. Others who contributed in one way or another for my happiness within these years in Italy were: THE NIGERIAN PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION ROME, IGBO PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION ROME, REV. FRS SEVERINUS NDUGWA (of Archdiocese of Mbarara Uganda), JOSEPH ANOKERIE (of LAGOS ARCHIDIOCESE) SYLVESTER MULI (of MACHAKOS DIOCESE KENYA), JOHN BAPTIST SSNKO (of Uganda), FELIX CHISIMBA (of Zambia), STANISLAUS IGBASI (of AWKA DIOCESE), EUGENE NONSO EGBOSIONU (of AWKA DIOCESE), DON ANTONIO RODRÍGUEZ DE RIVERA (of the OPUS DEI), DON PHILIP GOYRET (of the OPUS DEI and my Spiritual Director), DON MAURIZIO (il parroco Chiesa di San Martino Riccione – Diocesi di Rimini; MONS GIOVANNI RIVETTI [DON NINO] (il parroco CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO, SANTA MARGHERITA VERGINE E MARTIRE MANZINELLO, SANTI GIOVANNI BATTISTA E NICOLÒ VESCOVE OLEIS, SAN LORENZO DI SOLESCHIANO E SAN TOMASO APOSTOLO CASE – UDINE ARCIDIOCESI and host of others. The family of MR JUDE & MRS MARIA GORETTI OKORO is indeed my family here in Rome. Today, Friday 7th August 2009, after my anniversary Mass at CHIESA DI SAN TOMASO CASE, the family of SIGNOR ENZO (LORENZO) BATTISTUTTA and SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI of CASE surprised me with party organized on my behalf without my prior knowledge. Oh God continue to bless them together with their children IRENE and FRANCESCA.
    Lastly, I wish to thank God for my humble family of MR RAPHAEL OWAMECHILA OGUJIOFFOR and MRS PHILOMENA NWULU OGUJIOFFOR and my brothers and sisters for their constant prayers, love and affections to me. To the dead especially, FR MARTIN DIRIBE, my father, Raphael and my sister, Paulina; grant them eternal rest in heaven Oh Lord.

  23. REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (UMUIHE AMALATO AKU-OKIGWE) OF OKIGWE DIOCESE, MY 10TH PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY VIS-À-VIS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, TODAY 7TH AUGUST 2009 AT CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO-UDINE ITALIA

    I am well aware of the facts (SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS OF LIFE) that were involved and expected of me as a Catholic priest,
    I deliberately desired and accepted to be ordained a priest,
    I rigorously followed the trainings therein in the seminary formation,
    Then, on Saturday 7th August 1999 when I was called up within the ordination liturgical ceremony, I answered: I AM PRESENT, READY AND WILLING.

    Behold there was an ovation and clapping by the faithful present,
    But did I really understand the significant of that gesture?
    How have I been responding to this call within these ten years in the priesthood?
    How devoted, spiritual, conscientious, holy and morally uplifting have I been?

    My motto is SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM (THAT PEOPLE MAY EXPERIENCE CHRIST IN MY LIFE),
    Is there any thing Christ-like in me within these years?
    How many people do I think have experienced Christ with my presence among them within these years?
    Am I conscious within these ten years, of the ordination exhortation of: BELIEVE WHAT YOU PREACH, PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH AND IMITATE THE MYSTERY YOU CELEBRATE?

    Within these ten years, how sincerely and positively have I responded to I AM PRESENT for the people of God when I was dearly needed for a particular liturgical celebration?
    For those times I WAS PRESENT, how READY and PREPARED was I for the celebration?
    How WILLINGLY have I been performing my priestly assignments without grudges and murmuring in these past ten years?
    What has always preoccupied my mind primarily before each liturgical activity?

    I now put before my whole life as a priest within these ten years vis-à-vis the ten commandments of God:
    1) How sincerely have I been in professing my faith in God or have I been very foolish and egocentric, trying to let me be known instead of giving God the highest worship in what I do as a priest?
    Oh Lord what did you see in me?
    I am the least of all men,
    Depraved of your knowledge,
    Not worthy to stand in your altar yet YOU called me.

    2) How uncountable have I unnecessarily called the name of God in vain, especially among those whom I suppose to teach and lead?
    Oh what is special in me?
    I cannot find anything spiritually uplifting,
    No moral probity to be reckoned with,
    Yet YOU are insistent in choosing me Lord.

    3) How often have I planned or executed unholy acts on these days consecrated by the Lord, even before or after the liturgical celebrations?
    I am nothing and worthless,
    A wretched creature as I am,
    A sinner of the highest order,
    Yet Lord, you called me for the vocation of sanctification.

    4) How often have I understood that ordination symbolic gesture when I folded my hands and put them into that of the Bishop kneeling while he held me and asked: DO YOU PROMISE OBEDIENCE TO ME AND MY SUCCESSORS? I answered: YES I DO. He said: MAY GOD WHO STARTED THIS GOOD WORK IN YOU BRING IT TO FULFILLMENT; and I answered AMEN. For these years how direct or indirect have I involve myself in disobedience to God in the Church?
    Human nature abhors stillness,
    Man by nature is an enemy to calmness,
    Human beings are in constant turmoil, I have involved myself in that, being in warfare with HIM who made me,
    Yet Lord, you called me.

    5) The tongue is deadly than death in a negative form. How many times have I killed or pronounced deadly words against others, many a time in their absence?
    Lord Jesus, as you hang on the cross for me,
    Look not on my selfish desires and ambitions,
    My thoughts are full of distracted imaginations,
    Permit me to share in your divine silence, for YOU have called me to the priesthood.

    6) The sin of scandal is always deadly. How many times have I been scandalous directly or indirectly? Have I been faithful to the promise of holiness of life which I ought to keep?
    The mystery of Good Friday is a form of contradiction to man’s likings,
    Man prefers freedom in his search to be engaged,
    This engagement which suppose to be Christological are thwarted by immorality and deliberate cum conscious spiritual debasement,
    I am not worthy Lord yet YOU called me.

    7) Have I been able to secure the Church’s property or do I take advantage of my position and try to confiscate them for my useless and selfish gain?
    O Lord, by my sins continue to renew your wounds,
    The blood and water from your sides are the great signs of my salvation,
    Yet each time I deliberately contaminate them with my stupidity in sin,
    Yet, what is my being that YOU care for always?

    8) God is truth. The life of priesthood ought to be that of sincerity and undiluted honesty. Have I used untruthful words to convince people or to scale through in life?
    O Lord, your death is LOVE for me,
    Yet, I abhor this divine gesture by my sins,
    I am in continuous dislike and abhorrence of your love to me,
    May I understand that I ought to be saved as well for YOU called me also to be saved.

    9) How do I see or regard woman in and outside the Church walls?
    By your mystery Lord, you raised me to the highest point as a human,
    Lord, you allowed me to be configured in your priesthood,
    You drew me to yourself as to share in your power of creation,
    This power of creation, I, mere and wretched creature exercises in my priestly duties daily in the church.

    10) Have I been destructive with things that come my way?
    In my negligence, insensitivity and insensibility Lord forgive me for YOU called me. Look not on my fragility Oh Lord. May the proclamation of the paschal mystery continuously done in the Eucharistic prayers ever change your people for good.

    I wish at this juncture, to reflect over my priestly life also in relation to the meanings of the ten names of my brothers and sisters:
    1) ROSELINE (17 January) AS GNAWED OR FAIRED AS GNAWED – Was my life as tight or strong as bone in matters that are so direct with my priestly identity?
    2) PAULINA (7 June) TINY – How humble have I been, knowing my nothingness before God.
    3) JOHN (30 March) GOD IS MERCIFUL – How merciful have I been to those who have wrong me directly or those who have been indifferent from whatever I do?
    4) BONIFACE (5 June) OF THE THINGS DONE WELL OR PROMISING DESTINY – Have I been doing my assignments well or how may times have I been able to educate people on what destiny ought to be among Christians or God’s promise to them?
    5) PAUL (25 Jan., 29 June) SMALL – How sincerely have I acknowledged the greatness of God, the great talents of others and not to be proud?
    6) RAPHAEL (29 Sept.) GOD HEALS – In my priestly ministry, how often and readily do I heal people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
    7) PHILOMENA (5 July) LOVED WOMAN – Do I show genuine love to people that come my way?
    8) MARY (8 Sept.) THE LADY LOVED BY GOD – What type of love do I always express when I meet ladies?
    9) EMMANUEL (21 March) GOD IS WITH US – How often am I available to people, bearing in mind that I suppose to be among them always for the exercising of my priestly duties?
    10) PETER (22 Feb., 29 June) ROCK – Have I been able strengthen people’s faith by my celebration of the liturgy, thereby consolidating their faith in God?
    From April 2008 till date, I have received emails and text messages on different occasions exhorting me on one thing or another, how faithful have I been to these words directed to me, reflecting over my whole life as a priest within these 10 years in the priesthood?

    You must have reached the unitive stage of spirituality.

    Fr. Paschal

    AddMonday, April 14, 2008 3:20:49 AM
    To:paul ogujioffor

    Dear Fr. Paul,
    Congratulations to all of us on the special gift of our priesthood. I was amazed at the depth of your reflection and the inspired words that came out of that reflection. I thought, as I began reading the reflection that you were quoting a Mystic, a Father of the Church, or one of the Saints –not knowing that the inspiring words were as a result of your own reflection. I thank you very much for sharing it with us. There is no doubt you have reached the Unitive stage of spirituality.

    You taught in the seminary and are aware of the three stages of the spiritual ladder: Purgative, Contemplative, and Unitive stages. Did you know that by that reflection, you spoke for many of us? What did God see in me that He chose me? I am very weak, can hardly resist temptation of the flesh, can hardly pray much, can hardly spend more than 5 minutes in meditation, can hardly spend one hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament. Didn’t God see all this before He still called me? It’s an enigma to me. In fact, you had me in mind when you wrote: “What is special in me? I cannot find any thing spiritually uplifting, no moral probity to be reckoned with, yet you are insistent in choosing me.” I wonder why you wrote, “yet you are insistent in choosing me,” when He had already chosen us.
    I take consolation in God’s words, Exodus 33.19: “Lord, I who show favours to whom I will, I who grant mercy on whom I will.” Who are we to question God? I am resigned to His Holy Will.

    All I pray and plead is that God may help me to be less unworthy of His call, & that I don’t take His special gift to me –my priesthood — for granted. Once again, thank you very much for giving me a food for thought on this 4th Sunday of Easter.

    Yours in the Risen Lord,

    Fr. Paschal U. Onunwa

    2008.

    Email: Ogun P, De formator
    Someone was seen trying to employ every alternative to inculcate virtues into his students, but the students out of ignorance, tagged him WICKED.
    He shouted, gyrated and flogged. BEHOLD THE TEACHER.
    He was seen during games overseeing offenders’ punitive measures. BEHOLD THE DISCIPLINARIAN.
    He breezed past the corridor, only to resurface on the altar stage doing/giving what he obtained freely. BEHOLD THE PRIEST.
    You dare not distract him during function with his breviary. BEHOLD THE SPIRITUAL BEING.
    He was later seen in the midst of both fellow black and white students scrambling for more knowledge .BEHOLD THE FORMANDEE.
    You zealousness, though exaggerated sometimes, is seriously needed by the Church.
    God loves u.
    Your seminarian,
    Petercanisus Chimaobi Uwakwe. August 2008

    Email: Hello Padre
    There was a priest that I meet, a priest with a less word but when in anger believes in quamprimum corrections, a priest that teaches with perfect principle of excellent quality of good leadership thus, “DO AS I DO AND NOT DO AS I SAID” a priest that recognize that talents are gifts but what people admire is nothing more than GOD acting through him. A priest that spend more time listening, a priest that do not feign when people recognizes his achievement and acknowledges those who have helped him. The only priest that spend more time in studying the behaviour and talent of others both his levels and the under levels. The only priest that is always considering his impact of negative attitude on people around him because he believes fully that it may prevent them from doing there best and living their lives fully, even when people with negative attitude are with him, he will avoid close contact with them until he gathers enough and strong morale to deflect their pessimism. The only priest that can speak clearly, distinctly and confidently, a priest that has excellent forgiveness when people wrong him, the only priest that always wear seat belt every time he is driving. A priest that eats three well balanced meals each day, fruits, vegetables and plenty of water. A priest that use to make sure he have enough deep breathing during the day to keep sufficient oxygen in the blood, the only priest that uses silence and pauses in his speech the same way he uses punctuation in writing communication. The priest that always has himself in mind, his office as a priest and uses prayers to complete the remaining three classes of food.
    Now the question “who is this priest that uses prayers as food, possesses the excellent quality of a good leader”.
    Answer has it to be no other priest than YOU REV.FATHER PAUL OGUJIOFFOR. The priest that can articulate distinctly. Take care of yourself bye 4 now your son. Nnaemeka Okoye August 2008

    From David Okolie and Joseph Okoye

    Email: Excellent leader
    Dearest padre ogun ‘Tu est sarcedos in aeternum’.father u are an epitome of wisdom, faithful which has an origin from ABRAHAM.
    Fr. ikechukwu you are an intellectual guard.
    Fr. paul u are a religious pundict.
    Fr. ogun, nobody can resist your transforming nature.
    Nobody remains d same after staying with u
    Fr. paul u are transforming indeed
    Fr. ogun ur words synchronize with ur action.
    Fr. ogun you possesses all that it takes to b a priest.
    Fr. iyke u are a transformer and a formator.

    Fr. paul ur spirituality sets (pace) example for our priest and seminarians.
    Fr. paul when u were at st.peters u really influenced all and sundry.
    Padre ogun ur smiles keeps us viable all through
    Padre iyke ur seminarians feared u and yet loved u.
    Padre paul u are a disciplinarian,
    Fr. iyke u are non-materialistic but a peace maker

    Padre u are rich in wisdom and creativity
    Ur teachings, actions and life synchronizes with d norms of d church
    Padre iyke i am yet 2 define u if am 2 write on u, it will take me some years, because u are so indefinable that no words that will be appropriate to define u have not been discovered.
    Fr. paul u are indeed a priest.
    padre ogun u are a model 2 all priests and seminarians, in fact u are a liturgical funatic.
    Padre paul the only priest that love simplicity, sincerity, sang-frigidity and epitome of sensationalism.
    fr. iyke ur sensitivity nature had made u 2 b a priest of all people.

    Fr.paul ur simplicity had made u 2 win all heart and with that u study and put down everything surrounding the person ranging from names, English, Igbo and confirmation, parents, brothers and sisters if any, village, relations are not excluded.
    A Magnus priest, a priest that nobody born by woman can study or know d nature. People believe that studying u is like trekking 2 graves on foot because of hardness and sufferings surrounding it they find it difficult to do that. But I have singled myself out 2 trek without sentiment, however here are the result of my sufferings, padre u are Magnus richly and nourish in creativity, fully embrace in your creative self, love solving his problem creatively, u awaking ur creative genius that has been asleep within u possesses and clothed with creative sensitivity. People may see u as a person who claim 2 know all but within u, u know that u are not a scintomnia but u does things excellently. You follow u dreams and stars bomber 2 bomber u are as gentle as dove, but wise as serpent u take decisions sagaciously, ur actions as priest is in line with that of Christ.

    Padre ikechukwu please continue to embrace these ur enviable qualities and never allow the enemies of success 2 steal any 4rm u.
    Padre paul u are blessed beyond doubt.
    Fr. ikechukwu paul ogujioffor u are my mentor and my model ur beloved son JOSEPH remain cool. August 2008

    SMS
    Grazie don Paul saluti a tutti a Montevergine. DON LUCA SALACCA – 22/12/08 20:11:15 PM

    See how special u’re to me, that I came by ship just to wish you a lovely Xmas and new year. IBEH UZOCHUKWU – 24/12/08 02:32:10 AM

    I saw you this morning at joyful street, crossing to the favour bus stop. You were later given a ride by blessing and finally dropped by victory garden near Life Avenue. IBEH NICHOLAS – 24/12/08 11:17:09 AM

    Thanks for remembering me. I wish you and family God’s protection throughout this festive period. It’s well in the name of Jesus. Amen IBEH ANAYO – 24/12/08 11:17:17 AM

    The epitome of simplicity! May the joy of Xmas and New Year bring you more favours in the Lord’s vineyard. BE A CATHOLIC PRIEST AMONG MANY REV. FRS. Thanks for your care. I love you as God loves you the more. Feel good! IBEH MUNACHI – 24/12/08 14:13:38 PM

    Grazie don…è bellissimo! Non mancherà la mia preghiera..unita alla tua il signore non mancherà di concedermi la grazia così che io con l’aiuto di Dioimparo da Maria SS. Maestra di vita. Amen. SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE – 27/12/08 20:12:32 PM

    As we step into the now year, I dedicate my 1st Holy Mass of the year to your spiritual and material break through. Be assured that Jesus loves you. I love you too. FR MARK OKORO (ONOPRA) – 31/12/08 19:53:37 PM

    My dear Fr. Paul, I remembered you today. May God’s Spirit guide you in your academic adventures as He guided Saint Paul during his missionary adventures. Amen. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA – 25/01/09 13:26:15 PM

    Dearest Fr. Paul words cannot express the joy I have as being part of you. I beg Almighty God to keep you and guide you as you add one more year. Happy birthday. SR ANN IBEH – 05/02 09 22:44:39 PM

    Thank you so much big brother. I will think of you in a very special way that day. How are you? Hope cool, do have a wonderful day. SR FRANCA IFOH 06/02/09 13:43:38 PM

    Thank God for adding one more year to your life. Happy birthday. How old are you? We are happy for you, Chilee, mum and others wish you many more prosperous years. MRS AGNES ONYEJELAM – 06/02/09 22:13:58 AM

    As you step into the New Year, I wish you God’s blessing and Divine protection. You are remembered in a special way today. Happy birthday. A grace filled New Year. Thank God for your life, do enjoy your day. SR FRANCA IFOH 07/02/09 05:15:16 AM

    Father I wish you happy birthday. May God bless you. SR MARY AKOSIM 07/02/09 06:18:24 AM

    Boungiorno….E boun compleann. Ti ricordo oggi nella santa messa della 8 bacibaci. SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE 07/02/09 07:33:50 AM

    Padre, ka emume-cheta omumu gi, wetara gi ihunanys, oganihu, eze-ochi, ahu-ike, na ogologo ndu. Nke kacha nke, ka o wetara gi udo nke mkpuru obi n’adina mma n’ihu Chukwu. Ya mee. ISAAC IFEANYICHUKWU NWAGBOSO (ONOPRA) 07/02/09 09:06:14 AM

    With fulfilled joy I welcome you into this wonderful new age. It’s time for great fulfillment more than you ever expected, just relax and see your desire. Cheers. Happy birthday, Padre. FRANK UCHECHI (UYEE) ONYEJELAM 07/02/09 10:02:46 PM

    OJI JI JIDE MMA said he will always remember to give you your share, OCHIRI OZOO will supply all your needs; DIKE N’AGHA will fight for you. IKUKU AMA NONYA will deliver you from the enemies’ trap, OZOWARA OLAA will make you untouchable, OKWARA UZU N’IKPA will make a way for you; OJE NA MUO will make a wage your spiritual warfare, OBU NGWO-NGWO will take your burden away, EBUBE-DIKE will hide you under the canopy of SHEKINAH glory, EZE-UDO will grant you an unprecedented peace, say Amen. Happy birthday. BASIL CHUKWUMA OGUJIOFFOR 07/02/09 14:32:50 PM

    Fr, we enjoy you to celebrate this happy moment of yours, we are all happy because the Lord has added 356 days to you. We wish AD MULTOS ANNOS in the Lord’s vineyard. Happy birthday FR OGUN. From myself, my husband, EZINNE and DE BOYZ. MRS UWAKWE 07/02/09 19:47:43 PM

    Oh Fr, we talked about you today. See how minds of the beloved ones work together!! You are always in our mind. I will pray for you!!! I wish you happy birthday! May you celebrate it a million times in future. Bye. MRS ALICE UCHE 07/02/09 20:25:48 PM

    Carissimo mio, happy birthday. I’m going to celebrate Mass for you and your parents (one on earth and another in heaven). Please open the message I gave you. I’m sure you know its owner. Blessings. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA 08/02/09 06:44:26 AM

    My brother, may the good Lord increase his love in your life as we celebrate the feast of SS CYRIL, METHODIUS & VALENTINE. I remembered you with love.Fr. Shala. Italy. FR GEOFFERY MADUABUCHI EBOH 13/02/09 21:19:08 PM

    I wish you happy Val and God abundant blessing all the days of your life. SR MARY OLUCHI AGU 14/02/09 07:00:21 AM

    It’s a season for love, so show love, give love….eat love…talk of love…think of love…look for love….and show love its all about love. Happy Val. SR ANN IBEH 14/02/09 10:26:32 AM
    This is a special day for special people like you and if one spends the whole of the day without thinking of people like you then today is incomplete. Just to say happy val. JOY UZOAMAKA CHUKWUEKEZIE 14/02/09 10:40:16 AM

    Happy Val’s Day. May you be enriched with the love of God now and forever more Amen. Meg. MRS UWAKWE MEG. 14/02/09 18:42:21 PM

    {‘’’’VALENTINE’’’’} ‘’’@’’’’@ ‘’’’I DESIGNED THIS VAL AR FOR YOU TO RIDE TO GOD’S FAVOU, JOY, DIVINE POWER AND WISDOM**HAPPY VALENTINE. REGIS. REGIS CHIDI ONWUDIWE 14/02/09 19:12:17

    Oggi mio figlio Filippo compie 21 anni…grazie x la preghiera che certo non mancherà…baci baci SIGNORA PLAMA RICCIONE 21/02/09 08:23:25 AM

    Grazie don… 6molto gentile..allora!..PALMA 13.3.60, CESARE 29.9.51, FEDERICO 28.3.84, FILIPPO 21.2.88, FRANCESCO 13.10.91. Dio ti benedica e ricolmi dei suoi santi doni.AMEN. SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE 21/02/09 11:12:00 AM

    Happy memorial death of our Lord Jesus. On this Lent, I wish to share with you the joy of charity. Be assured of my prayer and remain bless. Yours, SOLOMON JONAS 27/02/09 21:50:19 PM

    Grazie x il ricordo ma sopratutto x la preghiera….il boun Dio ti ricompenserà…SIGNORA PALMA RICCIONE 13/03/09 07:14:29 AM

    Your joy will be forever, victory songs won’t cease from your mouth, and each new day will bring you closer to your destiny in Christ. Have a fun filled day. Hope you are fine? AMARACHI ONWUDIWE 19/03/09 08:22:05 AM

    Ma tu 6 un ANGELO!! Grazie e baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 21/03/09 14:26:16 PM

    Grazie don…che Dio ti benedica.. PALMA RICCIONE 28/03/09 11:08:40 AM

    As we commemorate the institution of the sacred priesthood and as you renew your priestly vow today, I wish you a happy feast day and many more yours in God’s vineyard. UWAKWE CHIBUIKE 09/04/09 (Holy Thursday while I was in Montevergine) 08:01:39 AM

    Thanks dear Great Mentor. We also had ours today. I explained myself to your brother (Papa Ephrem) today. He was happy. Mmachi had put to bed a baby boy. Your pix were great. We owe ourselves prayers. J’apprecie tout les choss du vous. Merci et bonnuit! MUNACHI IBEH 09/04/09 (Holy Thursday while I was in Montevergine) 22:11:10 PM

    This is a season to pray, to love, to care, to smile, to relax and to thank God for the gift of SALVATION. HAPPY EASTER. STANLEY NDUBUISI OKAFOR 11/04/09 (Holy Saturday while in Montevergine) 10:48:35 AM

    Grazie don…Questa sera sarò madrina della piccolo DOMINIQUE che sarà battezzata…baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 11/04/09 (Holy Saturday while Montevergine) 21:13:05 PM

    Mille grazie caro mio e bouna pasqua anche a te. FR MIKE AGBAYI 12/04/09 (EASTER SUNDAY while in Montevergine) 00:14:21 AM

    May the RISEN CHRIST bless you with what you prayed for; REWARD you with what you WORKED for; GRANT you what you HOPED for and SURPRISE you with what you have NOT ASKED for. He is out for your joy. Happy Easter. SR ANN IBEH 12/04/09 (EASTER SUNDAY while in Montevergine) 10:13:44 AM

    At the chaotic moment of our life, if we pray and reflect under the shadow of the cross of Christ, our dark days will become great days, for the providence of God presides over human affairs, and may the Almighty god keep you from all harm and bless you with every good gift. Ututu oma na Sunday oma. FR AGOWUIKE ONYEDIKACHUKWU (TOFA) 10/05/09 06:02:09 AM

    Oggi è l onomastico di mio nipote MATTIA ti prego x un ricordo nella Santa Messa. Baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 14/05/09 12:57:38 PM

    Fada am 100% grateful may the Almighty God abundantly reward you, you have really surprised me, my mum is very grateful too. IMMACULATE ONYINYE LEWEANYA 26/05/09 22:04:02 PM

    Your joy will not be once upon a time, victory song will not cease from your mouth, and each new day will bring you closer to the fullness of your destiny. Have a blissful day. NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH 12/06/09 11:09:47 AM

    Good luck. You will come out in flying colours. FR PATRICK UGWAKA (ONOPRA) 14/06/09 10:13:01 AM

    Joy @ its peak, grace @ its depth, peace @ its horizon, blessings @ its pinnacle, favour more than your expectation. This will be your package this day and always. Happy feast day. NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH 29/06/09 (SS PETER & PAUL) 08:30:09 AM

    As you celebrate your feast day, I asked the Good Lord to bless, wisdomize, and crown all your good wishes with resounding success. IGNATIUS NDUBUISI 29/06/09 08:52:45 AM

    Happy feast day. I prayed for you. Hope you are fine. I wish you the best. Ciao SR JULIET (PASSIONIST) 29/06/09 18:31:31 PM

    Thanks dear brother for such kind thoughts. We thank God for being kind to us. May my great parents enjoy His presence nel cielo. Missing you today! FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA 15/07/09 06:07:18 AM

    Grazie! Veramente grazie. Mandi (Ciao) IRENE BATTISTUTTA 16/07/09 17:54:08 PM

    I saw you last night at joyful street crossing to the favour bus stop. You were later given ride by blessing and finally dropped by victory garden long life avenue. It’s NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH 21/07/09 06:46:48 AM

    Tantissime grazie carissimo mio. Io sono molto grato. FR SEVERINUS NDUGWA 24/07/09 09:36:31 AM

    If our gratitude to God for whatever he sends to us is sincere and spontaneous, it will provide us to recognize His gift and to appreciate their true values in a deeper sense, as sign of His love for us. May His love, care and protection continue to guide us throughout this week. Amen. Happy Sunday. FR AGOWUIKE (TOFA) 26/07/09 06:10:34 AM

    I’m so happy to have you as a loving, concerned and caring friend. You are in my prayers today. Be blessed caro! FR SEVERINUS 26/07/09 07:36:52 AM

    Today marks my 10th year in the priesthood. As I pray for myself, I pray for all who are special and dear to me; you are one of them. May God bless you and your efforts = FR OGOKE J.C 31/07/09 07:05:39 AM

    Bon après midi, pere. Comment ça va? A week toady marks your 10th anniversary. As you prepare, may God aid you. Amen. Au voir, mon grand ami. MUNACHI IBEH 31/07/09 15:38:07 PM

    We turn to God in our need, in His great compassion He answers us, He is Good Samaritan to us, what we need most of all is not money, not even health, but rather the ability to forgive our neighbour and to LOVE. May God bless our activities always. Happy Sunday. FR TOFA 02/08/09 06:05:32 AM

    Padre, Good morning as I prepare to go for Morning Prayer, I said let first wish you a happy 10th anniversary for God loves you. MAGNUS AKACHUKWU NWAKWO (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 05:48:45 AM

    Auguri per ì tuoi 10 anni di sacerdozio prego per Te ciao! SUOR FRANCESCA 07/08/09 07:26:55 AM

    I wish you a wonderful birthday as a priest of God filled with too of life’s most precious gift, hope and happiness. I’m also enclosing a big smile, a warm hug and above all God’s blessing on this special day of yours as you celebrate your 10th year as a Catholic priest. SAMSPON ONWUMERE (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 07:18:58 AM

    Fr, I said a prayer for you today @kw God must have heard it. I felt the answer in my heart although he spoke no word. I asked that he’d been near you at the start of each new day. Happy anniversary. Miss you. SR SOCHINWE CHUKWU (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 07:58:58 AM
    My hearty congratulations. May the good Lord continue to bless and keep you in his ministry. Ciao. SR JULIET (PASSIONIST) 07/08/09 09:54:00 AM

    For so many people, it is a time of joy and wealth acquisition. For me, it is a time of God’s blessings, I pray in a special way for God to renew and revitalize you both physically, spiritual and otherwise. I ask our Mother Mary for her powerful and ceaseless intercession. May the power of the TRINITY establish and lift you up to a desired end. AMEN. IGNATIUS NDUBUISI 07/08/09 08:57:04 AM

    I wish you long life, God’s blessings in the priesthood. Ti augurone. Un bacio. Ti aspetta quando torno, festigiamo insieme. MRS MARIA GORETTI OKORO 07/08/09 10:10:18 AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. God bless you. MR JUDE OKORO 07/08/09 10:15:03 AM

    Fr, Chukwu gozie. Congratulations. Ogolondu na Lord’s vineyard. Anyi no n’ MARE (SEA) with umuaka. Auguri. SR CHINYERE DMMM 07/98/09 10:26:47 AM

    Ti ricorda nell’ mia preghiera. Ti augurone. Ti celebrarè a CASE. Ci sentiamo domani. DON NINO 07/08/09 10:28:39 AM

    You may be out of my sight but not out of my heart. You may be out of my reach but not out of my mind. I may think you are alone but I always think about you and you will always be special to me. Be assured of my prayer and happy anniversary. I love you. BENNICHOLAS OBIKE 07/08/09 11:01:07 AM

    Congratulations. Auguri. Ci sentiamo più tardi. REV IFEANYICHUKWU ISAAC NWAGBAOSO (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 12:15:03 PM

    Padre mio, ho riecvuto il tuoi richiesta. Come andato il vacanza. Spero sempre bene. Auguri desiderio molto anni in Vingna di Dio. Ciao. SR PAULINE OBASI (ONOPRA) 07/08/09 12:15:17 PM

    God has indeed blessed the universe through impeccable and unalloyed service to humanity. You are indeed an epitome of humility and love accompanied with charity, forgiveness, temperance and reverence for God. As you celebrate your 3,650 days in the Lord’s vineyard, I pray for nothing but many more prosperous years. Congratulations. Mundus and mum (will call you in the night). 07/08/09 12:15:47 PM

    Fr. Paul, I received your message. We are feasting here, what of you? Am happy for and am praying for you. Keep on moving to the Lord. Congratulations as well. REV FR (LIEUTENANT) PATRICK ODIRACHUKWUMA ORJI (MY TWIN BROTHER IN ORDINATION) 07/08/09 01:53:23 PM

    My beloved master, I want to hear your voice again and also say congratulation for your 10 years in the priesthood. Fada ikawakwaloo, kamgbe enu afo iri agala. I love you. MUNACHI IBEH 07/08/09 02:32:01 PM

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Fr. For reaching your recent feat. Ten years is not a child’s play. Remain not only a “REV FR” but a “CATHOLIC PRIEST”. Je vous aime. A bientot. MANUCHI IBEH 07/08/09 13:51:30 PM

    Nwanneukwu congrats for ten years of YES and FAITHFULNESS. May God sustain you in his love. Tanti Auguri a Te. FR GEOFFERY EBOH (wrote from the Santuario Monasterio di Montevergine Mercogliano) 07/08/09 17:07:19 PM

    Ciao don..Io faro knell specifico..xo tutti i giorni nella Santa Messa ricordo i sacerdoti in particolare mood quelli della mia AFRICA…Dio ti benedica e ricolmi dei suoi doni..baci baci. PALMA RICCIONE 07/08/09 18:47:22 PM

    Paul, I just finished celebrating the Holy Eucharist and I thought of you in a special way. I wish you more grace of the priesthood. Happy anniversary! FR PAUL ODOEME 07/08/09 20:01:27 PM

    May the joy of today bring you the blessings you have always wished for, the happiness you have always wanted and love you have always dreamt and shared among every one as today counts your 10th anniversary, may what ever you ask God for this day be what you get. Amen. Happy anniversary. . JOY UZOAMAKA CHUKWUEKEZIE 07/08/09 20:09:16 PM

    Priest of the Lord you shall be named. Minister of God you shall be called. You will eat the wealth of the nations and boast of riches from them (Cf. Isa. 61:6). Happy anniversary. JOHN PAUL CHIBUZO IGBO 08/07/09 21:42:41 PM

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    best wishes
    Okoye Joseph

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    GOODWILL MESSAGE

    “Who the cap fits let him wear it” dear father, it is in line with above that I use to re-echo the words of Baboski by saying that: the time has come for you to rejoice like DAVID, reign like Solomon, lead like Joshua, laugh like Sarah, favoured like Esther and established like Joseph (cf. Baboski W. issues of our time, 1989). In the light of the above, I wish to express my unrelenting dedication, concern and support to you as you celebrate your 10th anniversary.
    Padre, I pray thee to be courageous in imitating Christ the eternal priest. As he promised us that he planted the sacred priest-hood by a river side, as such, you are planted by riverside, you are watered by God, you are flourished with success, prosperity and to be ever green. May your days be full of pleasant surprises and your joy will not be once upon a time, victorious songs shall not cease from your mouth, every new day will bring you closer to the fulfillment of your destiny, as you keep on up-holding your dignity.
    Father, I lack words to express my concern, but all the same I wish you glamorous day filled with banquet of love, happiness, joy and all your favourites.
    Before slapping of my pen, I wish to let you know that your norm which is inculcated in me shall never cease. I am looking forward therefore, sharing with you the sweet success of the celebration.
    Good luck to you dear padre
    From your beloved son Joseph .N. OKOYE
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    buon anniersario!

    Antonio Rodríguez de Rivera

    Add Thursday, August 6, 2009 3:45:04 PM
    To: Paul ogujioffor

    Carissimo Paul,

    Un saluto affettuoso! Tutto bene a Manzano?… Saluti per D. Nino. Quale programma hai per l’anno accademico prossimo?

    Domani sarà il tuo 10º anniversario di ordinazione: ben unito al tuo ringraziamento a Dio, ti assicuro una preghiera particolare nella Santa Messa, affinché il Signore ti dia un grande cuore sacerdotale, come quello del Curato d’Ars, che seppe identificarsi con i sentimenti di Cristo. Quest’anno sacerdotale sarà un anno di grazia per i presbiteri e per la Chiesa , cerchiamo di corrispondere agli abbondanti doni divini. Nel mese di luglio sono stato in Francia e ho avuto la gioia di fare un pellegrinaggio ad Ars: lì ho pregato per te e per tutti i miei amici sacerdoti.

    Prega per la mia conversione. Unito a te nel Cuore di Cristo, un abbraccio fraterno

    Antonio

    CONGRATULATIONS

    Goziem Franca

    View Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:08:58 PM
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    Nwannem,

    IBU UKOCHUKWU EBEBE NA USORO NKE MELCHIZEDEK.

    Ten years ago you were elevated to the High order of priesthood. Not because you merited it but out of His love He chose you to be a partaker in His Divine bounquet. Congratulation for it is not easy.

    In all these years no doubt you must have experienced so many ups and downs, joys and sorrows, storms and winds but the Lord has not in any way abandoned you. Congratulations.

    As you celebrate tomorrow this privileged call, I wish you all the best and pray that God in His infinite love and mercy will continue to see you through especially when the going gets tough. And may our Sweet and Blessed Mother Mary continue to cover you in her mantle.

    Once again CONGRATULATIONS and all the best. I am happy for you. Enjoy.

    Bye.

    R: Thanks for your kindness

    Hilly

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    To: Paul Ogujioffor

    Dear Don,
    Thank YOU very much. My students (and I!) were enthusiastic, a great experience for all of us. Thank you for the photos too!
    My congrats for your 10th anniversary.
    Have a nice day, mandi!!!

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    chisom onwudiwe

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    Hello Fr,
    I am wishing you all the best as you mark 10 years in God’s vineyard today. More graces and more divine protection are my prayers for you.
    On the question you asked about Victor’s death. I don’t have the date and month. May be you can still ask other people who might source where the date and month are. Bye
    Magnus Chisom
    Imo State (Owerri)

    RE:CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER

    SAVERINUS NDUGWA

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    Carissimo fratello mio Paolo,

    Always thank God for you are who you are. Many more years of faithful service to the Lord. Ti benedica Dio buono sempre.

    Severino.

    Do I really merit most of the words that were directed to me as a compliment?
    Oh Lord Jesus, Eternal priest below is my appeal for forgiveness for all I have deliberately and willingly done wrong to YOU in the priesthood.

    O Lord, for the many times I have shared in your sacramental creation unworthily: Pardon me of my insensibility and insensitivity.
    For the uncountable scandals which I have committed consciously or unconsciously: Lord, erase completely the idea from the hearts and heads of those involved, for their sincere love and respect of your priesthood.
    For the sacrileges which I have plundered myself into: Lord Jesus make me innocent and pure once again.
    For many vocations to the priesthood and religious life which I have failed to nurture or encourage consciously or unconsciously by my indifference: O Eternal priest, pardon me and call them back to your service.
    For my actions against sincere sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life; never let me be cast away in your kingdom for the many times I have plunged myself into such acts within these years in the priesthood.
    Oh God accept my thanksgiving sacrifices, my nothingness and the little acts I have done well. Lord, you said: PAUL my grace is enough for you. May the Holy Spirit continue to renew the grace of ordination in me.
    As you have called me Lord, enlighten me to teach your people.
    As you chose me transform me to sanctify your people.
    Do not deprive me of your Holy Spirit, that I may lead your people with love.
    Oh God bless all who serve you with humility, for to follow you without a cross is very cloudy. To appreciate your cross in our call is eternity. This cross is in sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life. Jesus the Good shepherd, increase the vocation for the love of your cross, the cross of shepherding your flock with patience and love. May I be aware that am also a sheep, hence to hear your voice in my assignments always and every where. Lord with whole heartedness I accept your call. May I never be a hindrance or scandal to your call. May I promote this vocation by my love to you in words and actions.
    Oh MOTHER MARY, cover me with your mantle of chastity.
    LORD, MAY PEOPLE ALWAYS EXPERINCE CHRIST IN MY LIFE.

    APPRECIATION!!!

    I humbly wish to thank ALMIGHTY GOD for the gift of Catholic Sacred priesthood which he allowed me to share and remain in, despite my unworthiness. To my Bishop, MOST REV DR SOLOMON AMAMCHUKWU AMATU, for the opportunity he gave me to study in Rome, I remain ever grateful to him. His fatherly care is ever wonderful. My Bishop Emeritus, MOST REV DR ANTHONY EKEZIE ILONU deserved a wonderful recognition in my life, he ordained me together with REV FR (LIEUTENANT) PATRICK ODIRACHUKWUMA ORJI (who is of Nigerian Army now) at Holy Cross Parish Uturu on Saturday 7th August 1999. I was admitted into St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe on 28th December 1987 by MONSIGOR LUKE ONYEKACHUKWU ILONU (the then Rector and Vocation Director), his influence and care within my seminary days are quite fatherly indeed. While I was serving in St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe, I received care and concern from people ranging from priests, seminarians, religious and lay faithful. Oh God, in your infinite bounty, may you be their care and concern in their moment of isolation. I beg for forgiveness for I cannot mention all names. These priests touched my life for good in a special way while I was in the seminary and they are still on it: REV FRS: PAUL ODOEME, CYRIACUS ONYENUCHEYA, GEOFFERY EBOH, KENNETH CHUKWU, LAWRENCE EJIOFOR, PATRICK ODIRACHUKWUMA ORJI, ISIDORE OCHIABUTO, MICHAEL AGBAYI, ANTHONY UMEOBIKA, JOSEPH IKE, PASCHAL ONUNWA (of Enugu diocese in USA), MARK OKORO, CYPRIAN OKORONKWO, PATRICK UGWAKA, CLETUS OKOYE, SYLVESTER IHEBUIKE, MICHAEL NKWACHUKWU EBOH, CLETUS EHIEM (my Spiritual Director and Confessor), GODWIN UGURU (ABAKALIKI DIOCESE), PATRICK CHUKWU LEKWEM (UMUAHIA DIOCESE), REGINALD IBEH (AHIARA DIOCESE), OKIGWE NWE OKGWE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION (ONOPRA), ETC. I owe special thanks to all Okigwe Diocesan seminarians (junior and senior) for their different services, love and care to me even now that am out for studies. Lord may you reward them abundantly of their hearts’ desire, most especially, that very many may also share in the mystery of your sacred priesthood. Amen.
    THESE SEMINARIANS WORKED IN MY ROOM AT ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE WHEN I WAS THERE AS A FORMATOR FROM 10TH SEPTEMBER 1999 TO 28TH AUGUST 2007, (OUTSIDE THOSE WHO WORKED DURING HOLIDAYS AND THOSE OF SPECIAL CARE TO ME).
    1. AUGUSTINE OBINNA NNABUIHE OKWE (JS III)
    2. CHRISTOPHER ANOKA ISIKWUATO (JS III)
    3. VICTOR OKECHUKWU IKEFU (R.I.P) ACHARA-OBOWO (SS I & SS II) [DIED AS A 1ST YEAR PHILOSOPHY STUDENT IN BIGARD ENUGU]
    4. MAGNUS CHISOM ONWUDIWE UMUAKAGU-NSU (SS II)
    5. KENNEDY MUNACHI IBEH AÑARA- ISIALA MBANO (JS III & SS I)
    6. VICTOR MADUABUCHI OKOGBUO ACHARA-UTURU (SS I)
    7. MICHAEL ONYEKACHUKWU OKORONKWO UMUALUMAKU EHIME (SS I)
    8. MICHAEL NNOROM UMUDIERIM-IHITTE (SS I)
    9. JOSEPH CHUKWUEBUKA OBIJIOFOR NIMO-ANAMBARA STATE (JS III)
    10. PASCHAL CHILEE ONYEJELAM UBOWALA-EMEKUKU OWERRI (JS III & SS I)
    11. NICHOLAS CHIGOZIE IBEH UMUTU-IBEME ISIALA MBANO (JS III & SSI)
    12. VITUS CHISOM OHAGWU OWERRE ISUNABO UTURU (JS III). Oh God you know what is good and proper to each of them, may they experience more care from you as they gave me.
    The families of my seminarians were ever there for me. Oh God bless and grant them their hearts’ desire. For fear of forgetfulness of some and those who may wish to remain anonymous always, I will not mention names. Please forgive me for that.
    I wish also to thank all whom I met here in Italy, while on studies in Rome, for their continuous care and love. I crave the indulgence of some of them to mention their names without their knowledge; for they were everything to me that I can ever conceive which is good in life. May the following accept my sincere appreciations for their love to me; REV FRS VITALIS CHIJOKE ABIAMIRI, KENNETH KURUME, PETER EBUBENNA ANYANWU, GEOFFERY EBOH, REV ISAAC IFEANYICHUKWU NWAOGBOSO and OTHER OKIGWE RELIGIOUS PRIESTS. SR CYNTHIA CHINYERE OSUAGWU (IHM) of AMUZARI, SR MARY AKOSIM (DDL) of ARO-UGWU UTURU (my maternal home), SR JULIET (PASSIONIST) from IBEME and other religious from DMMM, they deserve special thanks for their sisterly care and love. The seminarians who were of special care were very many; because of space I will not call them by names. May they also forgive me for not mentioning their names one by one. Others who contributed in one way or another for my happiness within these years in Italy were: THE NIGERIAN PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION ROME, IGBO PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION ROME, REV. FRS SEVERINUS NDUGWA (of Archdiocese of Mbarara Uganda), JOSEPH ANOKERIE (of LAGOS ARCHIDIOCESE) SYLVESTER MULI (of MACHAKOS DIOCESE KENYA), JOHN BAPTIST SSNKO (of Uganda), FELIX CHISIMBA (of Zambia), STANLEY MASILOMPANA (of JOHANNESBURSG ARCHDIOCESE SOUTH AFRICA) STANISLAUS IGBASI (of AWKA DIOCESE), EUGENE NONSO EGBOSIONU (of AWKA DIOCESE), DON ANTONIO RODRÍGUEZ DE RIVERA (of the OPUS DEI), DON PHILIP GOYRET (of the OPUS DEI and my Spiritual Director), DON MAURIZIO (il parroco Chiesa di San Martino Riccione – Diocesi di Rimini; MONS GIOVANNI RIVETTI [DON NINO] (il parroco CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO, SANTA MARGHERITA VERGINE E MARTIRE MANZINELLO, SANTI GIOVANNI BATTISTA E NICOLÒ VESCOVE OLEIS, SAN LORENZO DI SOLESCHIANO E SAN TOMASO APOSTOLO CASE – UDINE ARCIDIOCESI and host of others. The family of MR JUDE & MRS MARIA GORETTI OKORO is indeed my family here in Rome. Today, Friday 7th August 2009, after my anniversary Mass at CHIESA DI SAN TOMASO CASE, the family of SIGNOR ENZO (LORENZO) BATTISTUTTA and SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI of CASE surprised me with party organized on my behalf without my prior knowledge. Oh God continue to bless them together with their children IRENE and FRANCESCA.
    Lastly, I wish to thank God for my humble family of MR RAPHAEL OWAMECHILA OGUJIOFFOR and MRS PHILOMENA NWULU OGUJIOFFOR and my brothers and sisters for their constant prayers, love and affections to me. To the dead especially, FR MARTIN DIRIBE, my father, Raphael and my sister, Paulina; grant them eternal rest in heaven Oh Lord.

    AFTER THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST 2009

    Fr. Thanks for your text. You see, you are now 10 so soon!!! This is a jubilee! We thank God and are happy. We therefore pray for many more years of happy celebrations. May God keep, protect, guide and bless you! He will see you through. Once more, congrats! LADY ALICE UCHE (LSM) SATURDAY 08/08/09 08:12:17 AM

    Nna, asim kam si gi congrats. Ahurum ihe dere maka 10th anniversary gi. Nna imakwa na anyi emego okenye na ihe. Anyi agbago afo iri ka mgbe nu. Anom na Germany ugbua for holidays. Ozigbo nrichara breakfast, kam mmepere email box kam guchara ihe nile ahu idere. I gbaligo na ihe dere. Congrats. FR GODWIN UGURU SATURDAY 08/08/09 11:50:56 AM

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    John Baptist Ssonko

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 4:44:04 AM
    To: Paul ogujioffor

    Carissimo Don Paolo, Auguri!! Buona festa a lei. Non conoscuito che lei celebra – 10 anni di anniversario. Devo pregare per lei domini nella santa Messa.
    Dio benedica e protegga per sempre.
    My brother I will pray for you so that the good Lord may bless your ministry and future.
    The struggle continues, walk the journey until the end, I entrust you in the hands of our Mother Mary, the mother of all Priests.
    Pray for us as we pray for you.
    Your young brother,
    Rev. Fr. Ssonko J.B.

    You Received A Greeting Greeting Card From Alighthouse.com!

    john Paul chibuzor

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 7:16:24 AM
    To:ephremraph@yahoo.com

    Dear

    THE PRIEST OF THE GOD YOU SHALL BE NAME
    THE MINISTER OF THE LORD YOU BE CALLED
    YOU SHALL EAT THE WEALTH OF THE NATIONS
    YOU SHALL BOAST THE RICHES THAT COMES FROM THEM. ISAIAH 61:6.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FROM THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU
    BUT DNT 4GET IT IS YOU ALONE NO ONE ELSE I S CALLED WITH YOU BUT ….
    MY PRAYER IS HE WHO STYARTED THIS WORK IN U WLL SEE TO THE END
    AD MULTOS ANNOS
    FELICITAS

    Pls dont forget to write ur anniversary message. forward to me a copy. i will love to read it. thanks
    AMOREM

    WOW WHAT A SURPRISE!!!

    Gabriel Offor

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 9:41:52 AM
    To: Paul ogujioffor

    Hello Fr Ogun,
    I wish to congratulate you on your 10th priestly anniversary. I pray that the God who has called you into this honourable vocation will continue to support you in all circumstances.

    I was pretty shocked at your long silence. I tried to reach you via your two phone numbers that I have but none was a success. I thank God that you are still alive and active.

    I hoped to hear from you concerning your defense about two months ago but you have completely keep quiet about that. I do hope it was a success.

    Once more congrats and have a good day.

    Fr Gab.

    Happy Anniversary of Priesthood.

    ZITA EKEOCHA

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 11:25:40 AM
    To: Paul ogujioffor

    Dear Fr. Paul,
    I wish you all the blessings and joy of Priestly Ordination.
    You are specially prayed for every day.
    Keep up the good spirit.
    Sr. Zita.

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    stanley masilompana

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 1:42:08 PM
    To:paul ogujioffor

    Brother!

    It is with great pleasure to read your great message that you wrote for your anniversary and could not but be amazed by the way you are so gifted with words and your honesty. I am sorry for being late to wish this 10 years anniversary of your priesthood. We met some months ago and have developed a friendship that opens my mind always because of your simplicity and love for the ministry. I know you have touched a lot of lives with your ministry coz you have touched me too and made me realize how important it is for us to celebrate and love our priesthood.

    To me you are a big brother in the priesthood and have really guided me with your simplicity and would really like to say yes it is true we have seen the presence of God through you and may you continue to do so with the same spirit and never get tired of doing what is right in the eyes of God.

    Paul, today as we celebrate the memorial of St. Dominic, one founder of the mendicant orders, may by his spirit and example continue to be a good preacher with your words and or with your life as you are. I might not be good with words but I do know that God continues to give us light and direction and yes he has chosen us unworthy and sinful creature. May God bless you my Brother.

    Fr. Paul, you are a symbol of Christ present in our daily lives, preach him and exclaim his resurrection till he come again.

    Fr. Stanley!

    Mandi! È stato un bel momento e piano contenti che tu sia stato contento. Ti farò avere copia di preghiera. Ciao! IRENE BATTISUTTA 08/08/09 17:51:44 PM

    May God be praised, now I have your e-mail

    patrick ugwaka

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 5:29:31 PM
    To:ephremraph@yahoo.com

    Dear Fr. Paul,
    I arrived Germany few days ago and I thought you will be on holidays to one part of Italy or the other. While I was trying to connect, behold your mail arrived. May God be praised, I can communicate my brother ones again. I made out time to read your anniversary write up, thou it was long but I read it through more than ones. It is really inspiring. You did what many people would not attempt, that is laying themselves bay before God and before the public. St. Augustine did same, we read it and praised him, but we cant do what he did. Thank you because you had time to write, thank you also because you wanted others to share in your joy and experience, thank you because you involve others in the race towards the creator, thank you because you want to tell people that the priest is the one who is always doing his best, but at same time is nothing without the help…our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. Keep it up God will see you through.
    Thanks and remain blessed.
    From Patty

    My dear Fr. Paul,

    vin adibe

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 8:41:54 PM
    To: Paul Ogujioffor
    Congratulations to your 10th Priestly Anniversary. Time flies really.I hope you had a good time with all around you at this memorable period. I have been waiting to hear from you as you promised to reach me when you get to your place of holidays work.
    You had a wonderful experiences. I think they are good sources of strength in your daily endeavours.
    May the good God continue to guide you in all your future struggles in the Lords Vine yard, and as well grant you the joy and happiness in fulfillment of your Priestly obligations.
    Again CONGRATULATION ! CONGRATULATION ! CONGRATULATION ! continue to move forward. I thank God for the gift of you.
    My best of regard,
    Your Sr. Vinclare.

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    Frobiken Obinna Kurumeh

    View Saturday, August 8, 2009 9:17:20 PM

    To: Paul Ogujioffor

    Dear Fr Paul,
    I am glad to read that you are already 10 years a priest. I congratulate you for remaining steadfast to your calling this long. I wish you all God’s favours needed to keep you still convinced and faithful to your priestly vocation in the years ahead. May God who has called you in your unworthiness protect you and continue to make you that worthy instrument of His grace among his people. May our Mother Mary be your refuge in moments of difficulty. Congratulations.

    Fr Kurumeh

    Fr. I pray, God’s love into your life. May he help you to reach the perfection of his love, grace, merit and holiness. With more years ahead, Amen. Good night. SOLOMON JONAS 08/08/09 21:21:08 PM

  24. ST. CHARLES BORROMEO SPIRITUAL YEAR SEMINARY EHIME-OKIGWE DIOCESE AT HER TWENTY (20) YEARS 1989 – 2009: A RETROSPECT BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    The seminary is the heart and future of the Church. To overlook the formation therein or try to supplement for any thing else is chaotic and detrimental to the Church. Ipso facto, serious and maximum attention is needed therein for qualitative and highly spiritual and morally balanced priests who will eventually lead the people to God through their priestly ministry and concretely seen and witnessed in their daily lives and every where too. In view of this, the seminary formation is ad semper holistic and integral, which involve spiritual, moral, intellectual, psychological and social formation with the cultural background not to change any Church’s Tradition or matters involving FIDES ET MORES.
    With the aggiornamento in the Church and when the need arose in Nigeria, the birth of the Spiritual Year Seminary became imperative as to be differently apart from Philosophy course in the seminary. In OKIGWE DIOCESE, the then Bishop, MOST REV DR ANTHONY EKEZIE ILONU in 1989, appointed REV FR MICHAEL IKECHUKWU ANYANWU as the Pioneer Rector and he started with the sixteen (16) seminarians as the pioneer students with REV JOSEPH NWAOHA (now a priest) as their auxiliary.
    The second sets of 1990 were twenty-two (22) seminarians with CHRISTIAN NONYE EZE (now a priest) as their auxiliary.
    The life in the seminary is always the same, but the first two sets did not find it very much easy because every thing was at the level of beginning. Nevertheless, this did not thwart the normal rigorous seminary, AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI. The seminary continued to grow from strength to strength, the staff and auxiliaries even increased in number. Thanks to God for the growth of priestly vocation in OKIGWE DIOCESE. Though we have increase in vocation now the quality ought to be maintained. This quality is anchored on the emphasis of PRIESTLY SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS OF LIFE.
    Therefore, nobody is indispensible in the seminary formation. Vocation to the priesthood has nothing to do with the personal affection. Hence, what is required of me as a seminarian is a genuine intention accompanied by a daily sincere service to God in humanity, a prayerful illumination of the will by the Holy Spirit (both on the formators and the seminarians themselves) and a constant doing of the ordinary things excellently well, bearing in mind that the journey to the sacred priesthood is not an arena for selfish competition. The seminary formation ought to help seminarians to build their “spiritual aqua dot” and be disciplined for this is the bedrock of character formation.
    The seminary formation is not a “sandwich” program nor is it a one way traffic program. More importantly, the formators are there to direct the seminarians not just by words of academic teachings but exemplary life full of joyful sacrifices, obedience and holiness of life. The formators ought to be always careful more than the seminarians, less their mistakes become a model for the feeble minds, for there are many looking unto them as models bearing in mind that they are mere instruments of service for love.

    RECTORS:
    1) REV FR DR MICHAEL IKECHUKWU ANYANWU (PIONEER), from IKEPEREJERE UBOMA, ordained on 15 May 1973 and died on17 November 1995. He was the rector from 1989 – 1993.
    2) REV FR DR CAJETAN EHIEM, from IBEME UGIRI, ordained in Rome on 21 June 1987. He was the rector from 1993 – 2005.
    3) REV FR DR CYPRIAN UCHECHUKWU OKORONKWO, from UMUOBIALA ISIKWUATO, ordained in Rome on 25 February 1995. He has been the rector from 2005 till date.

    PRAYER:
    Oh God you chose Frs. Michael, Cajetan and Cyprian to the big task of formation of your future priests in Okigwe Diocese as rectors in St. Charles Borromeo Spiritual Year Seminary Ehime. Bless their good intentions and the sacrifices they have made. If ever out of human fragility there were mistakes from them never count it against them. May we always see and project their sincere sacrifices for your Church and for your greater glory in heaven. To Fr Michael Anyanwu grant eternal rest in heaven. Amen.

    DECEASED PAST STUDENTS:
    1) REV FR MARTIN NNAEMEKA DIRIBE, from AMORIE AKU-OKIGWE, ordained on 27 July 2002 and died on 2 November 2002 (Feast of All Souls) at Annunciation Specialist Hospital Emene Enugu, having being in coma from 19 October 2002 when he had a ghastly motor accident at Nunya express road towards Umuahia on his way to celebrate Holy Mass for the faithful of Holy Ghost Parish Uboma.
    Providentially, he was the first to arrive to the Spiritual Year Seminary on the very first day of reopening, of the first set of seminarians with the second rector (FR CAJETAN EHIEM), the first to be ordained in his group and the first to die to meet the Lord. FR MARTIN (TINO), rest in perfect peace. Amen.
    2) REV FR INNOCENT UDOKA OKEKE, from UMUARIAM-OBOWO, ordained on 18 December 1999 and died after an excruciating pain of sickness, on the way to St. Anthony’s Hospital Okigwe where he was already admitted; on 29 December 2005. He was among the pioneer students of the seminary in 1989. He was once an Associate editor of THINKERS MAGAZINE and Editor-in-chief of TORCH MAGAZINE both in BIGARD MEMORIAL SEMINARY ENUGU. FR INNOCENT (NWUNNE, PEEPE), rest in perfect peace. Amen.
    3) VICTOR OKECHUKWU IKPEFU, from ACHARA-OBOWO, died at Enugu as a 1st year Philosophy student in 2006. Victor was exceptionally good and hardworking, very intelligent, humble and obedient. These virtues in him were consequent for his working for two consecutive academic years while in ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE in the room of REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR. OKECHUKWU, God loves you, rest in perfect peace. Amen.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

  25. OKIGWE NWE OKIGWE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION (ONOPRA)

    This is an association of indigenous priests (diocesan or religious), seminarians, religious men and women and their aspirants, belonging to the surrounding towns of OKIGWE under IMO STATE and the metropolis of OKIGWE; OGII, IHUBE, AKU, AMOSU, UMULOLO, UMUAWA-IBU, AGBOBU, UMUALUMOKE, EZINNACHI and UGWAKU.
    This group has been in existence since time past, but it came to be re-inaugurated as an association with this name by 2003 under the noble idea of REV FR PATRICK IFEANYICHUKWU UGWAKA (from IHUBE, who was by then the OKIGWE Diocesan Chancellor and Bishop’s Secretary but now a formator in SEAT OF WISDOM SEMINARY OWERRI). The 1st and 2nd meetings were held at IHUBE in FR UGWAKA’S FAMILY home. For the 3rd meeting we held it at EZINNACHI when we decided to having the meeting in our different home parishes, hence when REV FR SYLVANUS ONUWA MERENI (from UMUINEM-OKIGWE) was the Parish-Builder of EZINNACHI we opted to hold the 3rd meeting there, the sequence then continues till date. The first and current President of the association is VERY REV MSGR CELESTINE AMARAEGBU NWOKOCHA (from UMUALUOKE B, who was a formator in BIGARD MEMORIAL SEMINARY ENUGU from the Mid 70s to 1981, when OKIGWE DIOCESE was created he was called back by the then and pioneer Bishop, MOST REV DR AHTONY EKEZIE ILONU, to help in the diocese) and the Vice President is REV FR PATRICK UGWAKA. the first Secretary was REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (from AKU, who was a formator at ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE from 10th September 1999 to 28th August 2007) till 2007 when he left Nigeria for further studies in ROME, the Assistant Secretary by then was MARK EJV OKORO. The Financial Secretary by then was JUSTIN CHIGOZIE NWOKEOCHA (from AMOSU, ordained on 16th August 2008) and the Treasurer was SR PAT YVES OLUCHI OKPARA [DMMM] (from IHUBE).
    Since the inauguration of this association in 2003, each year the association continues to grow in number because of those entering the seminary and convents; and the ordinations and religious professions it normally records.
    On 9th September 2006, REV FR MARK EBERECHUKKW JV OKORO (from UMUEZE-OKIGWE) was ordained. We had the first professions of SR BERNADINE NWANKWO [DMMM] (from IHUBE), SR PAULINE OBASI (from EZINNACHI now in Italy).
    On 11th August 2007, REV FR AUGUSTINE ODOEMENA (from UMUAWA-IBU) was ordained.
    On 16th August 2008, REV FRS DESMOND AMAECHI EMEFURU (from OGII) and JUSTIN CHIGOZIE NWOKEOCHA (from AMOSU) were ordained.
    On Thursday 16th July 2009 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, SR SOCHINWE CHUKWU [DDL] (from UMUEZE-OKIGWE), SR LILIAN MARIS CHIJIOKE [DDL] (from UMUKA-OKIGWE) and SR CHIBUTO NNANNA [DDL] (from IHUBE) had their first profession at their Novitiate House Abakpa-Nike Enugu, under Mother General Maria Ifechukwu Udora, in the Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Callistus Valentine Onaga (Bishop of Enugu Diocese).
    God is love and charity. Those who follow him ought to follow him with the spirit of love, characterized in practical act of charity. We hereby humbly wish our three newly professed sisters in the Congregation of Daughters of Divine Love, a happy religious life characterized and symbolized with their vow of CHASTITY, OBEDIENCE and POVERTY. CHASTITY is a virtue which is marked with our purely and strict personal continuous abstinence from our sexual urge to follow our passion uselessly in a way of obeying the concupiscence. Therefore let us always be aware that devil is ever in active in this way; hence let us not give the devil a foot hole (cf. 1Pet.5:8-9). OBEDIENCE is a virtue which very many of us find difficulty to exercise and follow, because the devil puts pride into us. Again, our passion to be known selfishly is regularly manifested here, because we may think that we are better of the person with the authority that point in time. Let us be aware that obedience at all times creates a quiet and serene daily living within our priestly and religious life. POVERTY is a virtue which is always attached to detachment; it is not dirtiness and recklessness. The major word here is DETACHMENT. This detachment is from ANY PERSON or THING that may tend to put away our whole life out from the sincere service demanded of us as priests and religious. Therefore, life of ostentation, attachment to families, persons, things and being bread-winners ought to be avoided by us priests and religious. This does not any way cancel our spiritual obligations or any little help we can afford to our families or people. For continuous praying and remembering of our newly professed sisters, let us be aware of these data:
    SR MARY SOCHINWE CHUKWU:
    Birth: 30TH APRIL 1977
    Communion: 1988
    Confirmation date & name: 1991, MARIA GORETTI
    Igbo name: OBIAGERI
    Baptismal name: CATHERINE
    Parents: DAVID & REGINA CHUKWU (both of blessed memory).
    SR MARY CHIBUTO NNANNA:
    Birth: 9TH APRIL 1982
    Communion: 15th AUGUST 1999
    Confirmation date & name: 12TH DECEMBER 1999, ESTHER
    Igbo name: NNEKA
    Baptismal name: ESTHER
    Parents: JOSEPH & HELEN NNANNA
    SR LILIAN MARIS CHIJIOKE:
    Birth: 15TH MAY 1973
    Communion:
    Confirmation date & name: JUSTINA
    Igbo name: NWAMAKA
    Baptismal name: LILIAN
    Parents: GODWIN & ELIZABETH CHIJOKE (both of blessed memory)
    The association has continued to grow with a geometric progression, AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (ONOPRA)
    (2009 SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT MANZANO-UDINE ITALIA)

  26. L’APPREZZAMENTO AD IL PREMUROSO E FAMIGLIA ADORATA DI SIGNOR LORENZO BATTISTUTTA & SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI DI CASE.

    Amore è una virtù cristiana concretizzata,
    Nella sua forma pratica è la carità,
    Questa è precisamente la natura di questa famiglia adorata di LORENZO BATTISTUTTA e VALERIA BONUTTI,
    Il loro amore è benedetto da Dio nei loro figli, IRENE e FRANCESCA.

    La natura di Dio è sempre pacata,
    Dalla fede di questa famiglia loro chiamarono loro figlia, IRENE che è la Pace;
    L’amore di Dio è illimitato e libero,
    Loro rappresentarono questo nel nome FRANCESCA che intende Libera per Dio per l’affetto speciale di questa famiglia alla natura illimitata di Dio, è libera nei suoi regali.

    Sinceramente parlando, la Sua famiglia è unica in ogni cosa, meravigliosamente desiderata da Dio mentre comincia dai nomi alla relazione umana che è epitomata dalla Sua fede forte in Dio;
    Il nome LORENZO che significa NATO TRA I LAURI propriamente si sposò VALERIA che intende STA BENE HA VALORE,
    Veda queste due personalità produssero tesori eccellenti della natura di Dio: IRENE (Pace) e FRANCESCA (Liberale);
    Io desidero col presente umilmente e sinceramente apprezzare dalla profondità del mio cuore il Suo amore, cura e preoccupazione a me, siccome Lei mi sa epitomò dalla Sua festa che sorprende organizzata venerdì 7 agosto 2009 durante il mio 10 anniversario di ordinazione sacerdotale.

    Dio nella sua generosità infinita l’accorderà, i Suoi cuori che ‘ desidera sempre;
    L’amore Lei mi mostrò nel giorno del mio 10 anniversario sacerdotale sarà essere verde nel mio cuore;
    Dalle Sue azioni, voi mi elevò e fece tatto a CASE; davvero io sono molto felice, per Lei è la mia famiglia in CASE;
    Io pregherò per tutti voi.

    La festa di San Lorenzo 10 agosto, ci ricorda del sacrificio che Lorenzo pagò con vita sua nel servire Cristo;
    Effettivamente, la Sua azione come una famiglia è un molto sacrificio ed una forma di martirio nella sua propria natura;
    Voi si negò il conforto di base nella famiglia vedere che altri sono soddisfatti,
    Questo era precisamente quello che voi faceva col Suo amore unico a me.

    Mi permetta per fare queste osservazioni umili in questa nostra cara famiglia di BATTISTUTTA,
    Nella natura del padre, io l’opposto un umile, quiete ed uomo gentile,
    Nella natura della madre, io vedo lo spirito della nostra Beata Vergine Maria,
    In IRENE, io vedo un sincero, coscienzioso e deferente,
    In FRANCESCA, io osservo la natura obbediente di un angelo e l’allegro.

    A Lei SIGNOR LORENZO, Lei è un padre degno a me,
    A Lei SIGNORA VALRIEA, Lei è madre adorata a me,
    A Lei IRENE, Lei è una sorella di cara a me,
    A Lei FRANCESCA, Lei è una sorella amorosa a me,
    Ora, io sono uno dei membri di famiglia, come un figlio ai genitori e come un fratello alle sorelle.
    MANDI!!!

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA.

    REV FR DESMOND AMAECHI EMEFURU OF UMUAWA-OGII IN OKIGWE DIOCESE CELEBRATES HIS 1ST YEAR PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY TODAY 16TH AUGUST 2009.

    Who can ever believe that the long aged knot can be loosened for good and prosperity?
    This is the religious history of UMUAWA OGII-OKIGWE in particular,
    FR DESMOND AMAECHI EMEFURU congratulations for your spiritual break-through,
    It was indeed never an easy road as the famous hymn in the seminary formation has it: “IS NOT AN EASY ROAD…”

    The 16th August 2008 will ever remain green in the minds of UMUAWA-OGII inhabitants,
    This is the day when the long aged aphorism: CAN ANY THING GOOD COME FROM UMUAWA-OGII was spiritually demolished,
    It opened a bright way of immortality to the priestly and religious life,
    The answer is simple; PATIENCE IS EVER THE KEY TO ENLIGHTENMENT.

    This ENLIGHTENMENT is codified in AMAECHI and IFEANYICHUKWU,
    Your patience and strong determination during your seminary days were clear evidence,
    The things that come your way in the seminary days should always be spiritual and moral ingredients to spur you up,
    Let those past days continue to furnish you with spiritual strength.

    FR DESMOND AMAECHI EMEFURU is an icon and guru,
    Your deep academic thoughts recorded within and outside the seminary journals are enlightenment nutrients in the world of academics,
    Your editorship and contributions in the journals has left an imprint in the sand of time,
    Your strong moral and spiritual character is a form VADEMECUM for all who have come in contact with you.

    FR DESMOND AMAECHI EMEFURU, please continue in your good apostolate,
    OKIGWE NWE OKIGWE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS (ONOPRA) is wishing you well,
    We are happy that you are one of us,
    May we continue to encourage each other by the good acts demanded of us by the Eternal priest, Christ the Lord. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR (member of ONOPRA)
    MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

    REV FR JUSTIN CHIGOZIE NWOKEOCHA OF UMULEWE AMOSU UMULOLO OF OKIGWE DIOCESE IS ONE YEAR IN THE PRIESTHOOD TODAY 16TH AUGUST 2009, AS HE CELEBRATED HIS 32RD BIRTHDAY ON 27/07/09

    Behold him, the first priest of his town UMULEWE AMOSU UMULOLO-OKIGWE,
    Behold FR JUSTIN who, right from his seminary days have been very industrious,
    Behold FR CHIGOZIE, an author and a prolific writer,
    His “intellectual-deposits” are scattered over very many journals as “MEMORABILIA” in the academic world.

    FR JUSTIN, your “auxiliary-ship” at ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE after your philosophy course at ST. JOSEPH’S MAJOR SEMINARY IKOT EKPENE is still fresh in the minds of most of the seminarians who met you,
    Your virtues and qualities are still repeated by seminarians whenever they write or call me on phone,
    Your academic determination have been copied by very many seminarians,
    FR CHIGOZIE, please keep the balls rolling unto good.

    Your closeness to the Diocesan secretariat Okigwe up till now is welcomed with joy,
    The OKIGWE NWE OKIGWE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION (ONOPRA) is happy and proud of your sacrifices,
    You are a worthy brother in the priesthood,
    Never cease in your sacrifices, obedience and holiness of life.

    FR JUSTIN, your simplicity and humane nature is a testimony,
    Never grow weary in your endeavours,
    Like your Patron, Saint Justin, continue in the defense of faith,
    Be strong in your apostolate for we are one in union with prayers.

    Remember always that the priesthood is all about SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS OF LIFE,
    Therefore, always meditate on those precious words of ordination exhortation:
    BELIEVE WHAT YOU TEACH, PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH AND IMITATE THE MYSTERY YOU CELEBRATE,
    By so doing, you are already an oblation, victim and sacrifice.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR (member of ONOPRA)
    MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

    REV FR EUGENE NONSO EGBOSIONU OF AWKA DIOCESE CELEBRATED HIS 4TH YEAR IN THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD AT SANTUARIO MONASTERIO DI MONTEVERGINE MERCOGLIANO-AVELLINO ITALIA ON THURSDAY 20TH AUGUST 2009

    Priesthood is joyful when your brother-priest is also happy in the priesthood,
    Though happiness may be subjective,
    The priest who loves his brother-priest is much happier when the other brother is progressing,
    This is a concrete truth found in FR EUGENE NONSO EGBOSIONU.

    At this moment you are remembering your four years in the priesthood,
    Be aware that your virtue is shinning out,
    FR EUGENE, you are wonderfully excellent,
    God in his infinite goodness will continue to shower his favours on you.

    It was on the 20th of August 2005 that you were ontologically transformed,
    This was done under the apostolic succession of your Bishop, MOST REV DR SIMON A. OKAFOR,
    On that day when you were called you answered: I AM PRESENT, READY AND WILLING,
    Within these four years how often have heard the echo of those words of yours?

    FR NONSO, how present have you been to the people of God?
    FR EUGENE, have you been always ready for the people?
    FR EGBOSIONU, have you been so willing to administer the sacraments?
    FR EUGENE, remember always your promises during your ordination day.

    The answers to these questions are already evident in you,
    They are all positively answered by your special summer apostolate this year 2009,
    You were ever present to the faithful people of God at the confessional on your anniversary day,
    You were willingly ready in the administering of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a most serene and prayerful nature at the SANTUARIO MONASTERIO DI MONTEVERGINE MERCOGLIANO.

    This is a special priestly anniversary indeed,
    While some do theirs in a social way,
    You, FR EUGENE, did your 4th priestly anniversary on the mountain top of a very cooled and prayerful aura of the Monastery,
    Congratulations! Congratulations!! Congratulations!!! AD MULTOS ANNOS

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE)
    2009 SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO- UDINE.

    THE 11TH PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY OF REV FR GEOFFERY MADUABUCHI EBOH OF OKIGWE DIOCESE AT SANTUARIO MONASTERIO DI MONTEVERGINE MERCOGLIANO-ITALIA ON SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2009 – (AS REFLECTED BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR, SUMMER 2009).

    Time passes like a twinkle of an eye,
    It was just a year you celebrated your 10th anniversary in Rome when you arrived for studies in Pontificia Università Urbaniana Roma,
    Today Saturday 5th September 2009 in Santuario Monasterio di Montervergine Mercogliano you are celebrating your 11th priestly anniversary,
    You are properly celebrating it without any social under tone but with a deep, meditative, prayerful and committed priestly ministry of Christ in the confessional for the administering of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    This is a special priestly anniversary,
    You are with Christ in prayer,
    You are as another Christ (ALTER CHRISTI) making anew lives of faithful in Christ,
    You are properly acting IN PERSONA CHRISTI today, what a great and rear spiritual opportunity.

    It was on 5th September 1998 that you were ontologically transformed into an ALTER CHRISTI,
    When you prostrated during the Litany of the Saints that faithful day, you showed your nothingness before God and total dependence on him,
    When you informed your father, MR DONATUS OGBONNAYA (a retired catechist), of your coming to Rome for studies, he repeated the gesture of prostration in thanksgiving to God for the opportunity in his family,
    This is another Gospel manifestation and deep priestly surrender to the will of God, for today 5th September 2009 in Santuario Monasterio di Montevergine Mercogliano you are spiritually full in these words of ordination: BELIEVE WHAT YOU PREACH, PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH AND IMITATE THE MYSTERY YOU CELEBRATE.

    It was on 15th August 1968 when your father was coming back from the Mass of the Assumption that he received with joy the born of a baby boy,
    Immediately he exclaimed Oh Mother Mary the new baby boy is for your Son Jesus, for MADUABUCHI as he called you,
    He made sure that he gave back to God you, MADUABUCHI, as a sacrifice to continue (as a catechist) in properly and exactly the work of Christ’s injunction: HOC FACITE IN MEAM COMMEMORATIONEM, again for 41st birthday you celebrated it in Santuario Monasterio di Montevergine Mercogliano reconciling people with God in the confessional, Oh what a nice birthday celebration,
    Remember how your father on 5th September 1998 at your ordination to the priesthood, sang a great Magnificat having followed you strictly with prayers within your seminary days.

    Today, 05/09/09 as we celebrate the memorial of BLESSED THERESA OF CALCUTTA we remember her special love for the poor and sick especially the lepers,
    Today, 05/09/09 your 11th anniversary in the priesthood you are also participating properly in the sacramental curing and cleansing of spiritual leprosy of people,
    Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal priest will ever remember this day in your priestly life,
    AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.

    At this your 11th priestly anniversary please be aware of these:
    R – REACH out to people with your priestly character always.
    E – EDUCATE people even when in the confessional.
    V – VALUE your priestly call for it is God’s highest gift to you.
    F – FASHION your minds to eternity in all you do.
    R – REMAIN pure always in your priestly life.
    G – GOD is your terminus a quo and your terminus ad quem.
    E – EMMANUEL, God with us, be available for the people of God at all times.
    O – OBEDIENCE is sine qua non never forget this in your priestly assignments.
    F – FEED the people of God with an undiluted proclamation of the Word of God.
    F – FOLLOW strictly Christ’s words of detachment of the world.
    E – ENTER always into the altar of sacrifice with pure heart.
    R – RECONCILIATION with God as a priest in the Sacrament of confession is important for you.
    Y – YOU are a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek.
    M – MAINTAIN your priestly dignity and personal neatness always.
    A – APPRECIATE others’ talent for it is a key to your own success.
    D – DEVELOP a special love and devotion to OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
    U – UNION with God ought to be first in all things
    A – ALLOW the will of God to take possession of you as a priest.
    B – BAD intention in whatsoever ought to be avoided.
    U – UNION with the Church and the bishop gives you tranquility of mind in the exercise of your priestly duty all the time.
    C – CONTINUE with the good things you learnt from your seminary days.
    H – HOLINESS of life as a priest is a means of attracting people to love God more.
    I – IMITATE Christ who is the model of priesthood.
    E – EMBRACE any type of cross in your priestly life with patience.
    B – BUILD up your treasure in heaven with your sincere priestly activities always.
    O – ORGANIZATION of life promotes your sacerdotal work.
    H – HOLD tenaciously this precious and heavenly gift of the Catholic priesthood.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! AD MULTOS ANNOS
    5TH SEPTEMBER 1998 AT OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    5TH SEPTEMBER 2009 AT SANTUARIO MONASTERIO DI MONTEVERGINE MERCOGLIANO-ITALA
    FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

    THE 3RD PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY OF REV FR MARK JOHNVIANNEY EBERECHUKWU OKORO (UMUEZE-OKIGWE) AT ST. PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE ON 9TH SEPTMEBER 2009

    Blessed be the Holy and undivided Trinity,
    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
    Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of heaven and earth,
    Through him, with him and in him.

    These are triological and trisogonal prayers associated with and in priestly celebration,
    FR EBERECHUKWU OKORO, you have been involved in these prayers for three years,
    A great percentage of this three years were in the formation of future priests,
    You have experienced a life which is relatively filled with busy and regulated norms directing and showing examples to the generation of future priests.

    FR MARK at baptism, you received the gifts of universal priesthood, prophet and king,
    At confirmation, you were consolidated in faith by the Holy Spirit in these gifts,
    At Holy Orders, you received eternal gift of ministerial power of exercising these gifts,
    These are the three indelible sacramental signs in you.

    From the family of MR LUKE & SABINA OKORO, you FR MARK is the 3rd among them,
    Today, you are first among the three,
    This is because they call FATHER,
    You are a priest because the TRINITY descended on you and transformed you into an oblation and victim for the people.

    It was on Saturday 9th September 2006 that you were raised to the sacerdotal state,
    Today, 09/09/09, you are celebrating your 3rd year priestly ordination anniversary,
    This life is classified as priestly, prophetic and kingly,
    This is actually three years thanksgiving to God for the mystery which you are privileged to share in.
    Within these three years,
    FR MARK, how priestly have you been?
    How prophetic have you busied yourself in?
    How kingly have you been able to lead the people?

    FR MARK, your sacrifices will ever be remembered by God for he finds favour in,
    FR EBERECHUKWU, you called by Christ to serve him in humanity, your name is already an assurance for any thing at all which you have done properly,
    FR JOHNVIANNEY, your patron saint and that of all priests is your courage in forging ahead in your priestly ministry,
    FR OKORO, never look back in apostolate, for you are at he right track.

    FR MARK in your ordination souvenir you wrote:
    JESUS, I AM AMAZED THAT YOU CALL ME TO THIS VOCATION WHICH EVEN THE ANGELS DREADED!
    SINCE YOU HAVE CALLED ME, I AM WILLING.
    USE ME IN WHATEVER WAY THAT PLEASES YOU.
    MAY YOU BE GLORIFIED IN MY LIFE.

    FR EBERECHUKWU, let these inspiring and profound thoughtful prayer ever be your consolation,
    Within these three years of your sacrifices in the priesthood, we may not have appreciated Christ in you,
    Be assured that Christ the Eternal priest is happy with you,
    Though it may seem a thankless service,
    Thanksgiving (Eucharist) which you celebrate each day is already an assurance.

    FR JOHNVIANNEY, do not be amazed that you were called to this vocation,
    For nobody takes this honour upon himself,
    Christ became man to save and divinize us,
    Therefore, your priestly call is an extension of the perpetuation of Christ’s mandate: HOC FACITE IN MEAM COMEMMORATIONEM.

    FR EBERECHUKWU, your willing expression is a positive move towards your response at the ordination day on 9th September 2006,
    The angels of God will ever be near you to guide you,
    You are already being used in the perpetuation of the divine mandate,
    This is obvious in your assignments of the formation of future priests.

    The OKIGWE NWE OKIGWE PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION (ONOPRA) is happy with what you doing in the seminary,
    Your chaplaincy is an extension of the your task and direct contact with the faithful,
    OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY will ever be praying for you,
    Be not afraid and be of good cheers.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR (member of ONOPRA)
    MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA
    (SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

    BUON COMPLEANNO ADORATA FRANCESCA BATTISTUTTA OGGI 22 AGOSTO 2009

    Ogni giorno noi celebriamo la presenza e “compleanno” di Dio in noi,
    Dio è “si chieda” impersonò in esseri,
    L’essere, Dio fece in un particolare momento,
    Quindi, la nascita e storia di tale è richiamato.

    Dio è un “eterno-ora”,
    Egli è “TERMINS A QUO” e “TERMINUS AD QUEM”,
    Ancora il Suo “immagine” ha un inizio in creatura,
    Tale è la sua storia in Lei, ADORATA FRANCESCA BATTISTUTTA.

    In Dio storia è fatta,
    In lui ogni creatura ha un’esistenza,
    Un’esistenza che è registrata come storia,
    Perciò, l’storia è rintracciabile.

    Guardando di nuovo a storia, io desidero richiamare un compleanno,
    Un momento cominciò come un secondo,
    Secondi si sviluppati in minuti,
    Minuti maturarono in ore nel tempo specifico.

    Le ore si laurearono in giorni,
    Giorni metamorfosati in settimane,
    Settimane trasformate in mesi,
    Mesi costituiscono l’anno.

    Anni indietro ad una particolare durata, momento, secondo, minuto, ora e giorno 22 AGOSTO 1984 la festa di BEATA VERGINA MARIA REGINA,
    La famiglia di SIGNOR ENZO BATTISTUTTA e SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI re-echeggiò in gioia,
    Perché? Perché una bambina nacque a UTIUI,
    O quello che una grande gioia nella famiglia.

    Cose Gran cominciano in un modo umile,
    Con e nelle prospettive di Dio cominci,
    Come la Chiesa stava celebrando la festa di BEATA VERGINE MARIA REGINA,
    Una perla, innocente, angelo e vergine nacquero nella famiglia di ENZO BATTISTUTTA e VALERIA BONUTTI, questa persona è FRANCESCA.

    Oggi 22 agosto 2009, noi faciamo di nuovo il Suo compleanno con gioia,
    Questo è perché Lei è speciale, umili, il dovere consapevole, coscienzioso e così profondo in spiritualità,
    La Sua vita di strattoni di ascetismo Lei così vicino a Dio sempre,
    Quindi, il Suo umore di capire è estremamente eccellente e Lei è un tesoro a tutti.

    La Sua natura è IRENE (che significa Pace), amore e la Sua preoccupazione ha nessuno uguale,
    Le Sue azioni sono piene di “predicando concretizzò”,
    Il Suo sorriso è pieno di oasi di compassione,
    La Sua gentilezza è meravigliosa e la bellezza trova una casa in Lei.

    FRANCESCA, Lei è così grande in azione,
    La Sua cura continua e pronto aiutare nel portarmi a Chiesa per la Santa Messa è un vangelo che attende la benevolenza di Dio,
    La Sua vita sarà lubrificata con grazie da su sempre,
    O Dio nelle Sue mani io lodo le preoccupazioni di Francesca.

    La maggior parte di Santa Trinità sarà sopra Lei, benedirLa
    Dietro a Lei, proteggerLa,
    Inoltre Lei, coprirLa,
    Di fronte a Lei per condurre, diretto e La guida.

    O la Madre Maria, la copra col Suo manto di purezza.
    Sia di buono alla salute, per Dio Francesca è (liberale) nelle sue benedizioni.
    Cara mia sorella Francesca, boun compleanno di giubileo di argento.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    OKIGWE DIOCESI NIGERIA

    RACHEL NKSIOBI UCHE – YOU ARE SPECIAL INDEED HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON THIS MEMORIAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY 7TH OCTOBER 2009

    When it seems that there is impossibility God shows his infinite omnipotence,
    Those who put their trust in God are always consoled and super abundantly blessed,
    The family of SIR & NZE CLETUS UCHE (of blessed memory) and LADY ALICE UCHE of OPE-OKIGWE had their trust in God,
    Hence, as the Church was celebrating the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on 7th October, a baby girl came into their family.

    A girl who took the complete genetic trait of both parents,
    Because she was their consolidation they gave her the name NKASIOBI,
    To consolidate their biblical affinity, at baptism no other name proper to NKASIOBI rather than RACHEL,
    Why? It is obvious; she is their pearl, also special to them.

    This RACHEL grew up under the tutelage of the parents,
    She is a very sharp, smart and intelligent girl,
    Her father drilled her into a special liking of Mathematics and sciences,
    Today NKASIOBI is a computer-engineer, computer-analyst and computer-wizard; credit to NZE CLETUS UCHE.

    This girl RACHEL wherever she goes wins favour from people,
    How? Because she took after her mother LADY ALICE UCHE, a disciplined, seasoned and sociable teacher,
    NKASIOBI is jovial, social but highly disciplined while disseminating knowledge in the class,
    Her intellectual ingenuity have merited her many awards.

    NKASIOBI is not only constant with the contemporary things,
    She is very much at home with the spiritual and moral activities of the Church,
    I am not surprise because she is from a strong and good Catholic family,
    RACHEL is a cadet of KNIGHTS OF ST. MULUMBA.

    My pearl NKASIOBI RACHEL UCHE,
    As you are celebrating the birthday of your mid twenties,
    I wish you all the best in abundance,
    Try to be a model and pride of the family for you are a treasure.

    RACHEL NKASIOBI UCHE happy birthday and please be aware of these:
    R – REJOICE in the Lord for God is with you.
    A – ALLOW the unnecessary worries to pass by.
    C – CONTINUE to grow from strength to strength.
    H – HOLD firm the wonderful virtues of your parents.
    E – ENCOURAGE people always with your life.
    L – LIFE is a mystery to be lived.
    N – NEVER loose your integrity and dignity with carelessness.
    K – KNOCK constantly at the door of OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY, memorial of your birthday.
    A – ACCEPT happily whatever God has for you in life.
    S – STRICT discipline of life can help you maintain your dignity or integrity.
    I – IMPROVE daily in your ingenuity.
    O – OBEDIENCE is very important in life.
    B – BE always wise as SOLOMON and as INNOCENT as a dove.
    I – IMITATE OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in virtue.
    U – UNION with God is a plus to your sacramental life.
    C – COMMEND your family always into the hands of God in prayer.
    H – HOLINESS of life is a must.
    E – EMULATE only the good things from people who come your way.

    CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJOFFOR
    PUSC-ROMA
    2009.

  27. EZINNE MARGARET CHIGOZIRI UWAKWE (NEE AKPADUME, OF UMUEZEFEKE IN ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH UGIRINNA IN OKIGWE DIOCESE) HAPPY CONFERMENT OF YOUR EZINNE TITLE TODAY SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST 2009 AT MATER ECCLESIA CATHEDRAL AHIARA DIOCESE

    The name MARGARET rings a bell of joy and quest of recognition to many ears,
    It is not surprise to hear such because MARGARET signifies PEARL,
    This PEARL indeed is the nature of MARGARET CHIGOZIRI UWAKWE,
    You are indeed blessed by God, hence your name CHIGOZIRI.

    God blessed you with good and humble husband,
    God strengthened you with excellent, wise and intelligent children,
    God have always kept your profile very high,
    Indeed, it is epitomized today Sunday 16th August 2009 by your EZINNE CONFERMENT at MATER ECCLESIA CATHEDRAL AHIARA DIOCESE.

    Who is this woman that is celebrating her EZINNE TITLE?
    What is she and why should one wish to know her and associate with her too?
    Each person is special and unique in his or her own nature,
    For MARGARET CHIGOZIRI UWAKWE she is special and unique in her nature.

    Your personality is MARGARET – PEARL,
    Your integral and holistic nature is full of “CHIGOZIRI”,
    As “UWAKWE” people ought to appreciate God always in your nature,
    Sincerely speaking, everything about you is full of “CHIMA, CHIGOZIE AND EZINNE”.

    With your husband CHARLES, your nature is of FREE BEING,
    With your son FRANCIS, your nature is LIBERAL which God only knows (CHIMA), hence God is your strength (CHIBUIKE GI),
    With your son MARTIN, your nature is CONSECRATED to the Church as you are specially blessed (CHIGOZIRI GI) today,
    With your daughter ROSE MARY, your nature is of the LADY BLESSED BY GOD (MARY) and FAIR AS GAWNED (ROSE).

    The word PEARL is properly engraved in your sacrifice to humanity as a NURSE,
    Your long aged prophetic name CHIGOZIRI is manifested in the Church’s testimony of your EZINNE CONFERMENT today,
    You are a TREASURE to the Church and the State,
    This is evident in your geometric promotions with your spiritual life and care of the sick.

    EZINNE MARGARET, your beauty is stainless and highly magnetic, so is your character,
    You are highly charitable and hospitable to a fault, hence can go hungry as to see others feel at home and be satisfied,
    EZINNE CHIGOZIRI, you are a beloved sister, mother, family organizer, peace maker and an exemplary wife,
    From my sincere heart I lack words to express what you really are.

    Your patience and constant prayer to situations in the family is worth mentioning,
    Indeed patience is a key to success,
    Your success is full of prudence,
    This prudence brings out your wonderful nature which is extraordinary.

    This is the virtue which the Church sees in you, hence her conferring you with EZINNE TITLE,
    This your virtue is concretized in your sons (my beloved seminarians) and your daughter,
    Your extraordinary character had an influence on me through your sons (my seminarians) and your daughter,
    Ipso facto, I am one of the family members.

    As we rejoice in your conferment today,
    We say a big CONGRATULATION to your EZINNE recognition,
    As the aphorism goes: VOX POPULI VOX DEI,
    God has already recorded your name as a good mother.

    Therefore, always maintain this title of good motherhood, for it is evident in the word:
    M – MAINTAIN your integrity as a mother always
    O – OFFER every thing to God in prayer each day.
    T – TEACH always with good example.
    H – HOLINESS is very necessary in your life, as much will always be expected from you.
    E – ENDURANCE ought to be in all you do.
    R – RESPECT to all, old as well as the young.
    H – HOLD firm the good moral teachings of all that come to you.
    O – OBSCENITY should be avoided in you as a mother.
    O – OBEDIENCE ought to be emulated from you.
    D – DO every thing at its proper time.

    By this conferment of EZINNE on you, be aware that you are now a point of reference,
    The way you talk will be weighed by people often times,
    The way you act will be discussed openly to your hearing,
    Your human relationship will always be tagged with IS THIS ONE OF THE EZINNE?.

    These will help you to be more careful and conscious of your statue all the time,
    In view of this, let your name be a VADEMECUM to you, at all times and every where:
    E – EZIOKWU bu ihe gana edu gi oge obula.
    Z – ZERE ihe obula ga ewetara gi aha ojoo.
    I – IZUPUTA ezigbo umu-aka oge nile kwesiri ina awa gi isi.
    N – NANI idi-aso ka iga n’agba mbo idi na ihe obula I na eme.
    N – NNEOMA no nime ezinne.
    E – EKWEKWALA ka ugwu gi kpuoo na ala.
    M – MAKE sure that you are always clear to people.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    R – RELATIONSHIP with people ought to be exemplary.
    G – GIVE your life to the service of humanity.
    A – APPRECIATE the virtues and talents you see in others.
    R – RECKLESSNESS is not a motherly virtue.
    E – EMPTY yourself always before God.
    T – TOUCH positively all who come to you.
    C – CHUKWU bu ihe mbu na ime ndu gi.
    H – HICHAPU ndi mmadu anya mmiri na anya n’oge ihe mgbu.
    I – IKWESIRI ibu ihe (light) nyere ndi ozo.
    G – GOSI ndi ozo na ibu ezinne.
    O – OKWU mgbamu ume kwesiri ina aputa gi n’onu oge obula.
    Z – ZERE mmegbu onye ozo.
    I – INWE IHERE (shame) na ndu na-enye aka ikpa ezi agwa.
    R – RIBITE IHE n’oke na ogbako obula igara.
    I – IBU IHE NLERE ANYA UGBUA, ya mere tuo anya na ala oge obula.
    U – UNION in prayer ought to be daily in the family.
    W – WATCH the family with a motherly care always.
    A – APPRECIATE the good in others always that God may continue to shower your family with such virtues.
    K – KNOWLEDGE of the good things in life is ever good, aspire unto that.
    W – WITHOUT the constant pursue of holiness the devil gets ride of us easily, so don’t fail for a moment (cf.1 Pet.5:8-9).
    E – EMBRACE joyfully any call for service from you, in the Church or in the state always.

    CONGRATULATIONS EZINNE MARGARET CHIGOZIRI UWAKWE!!!

    AD MULTOS ANNOS

    FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR, MOTTO: SENTIAM CHRISTUM IN VITA MEAM (OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA) WHILE ON SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA PARROCCHIA MANZANO-ARCIDIOCESI DI UDUNE ITALIA, from 1st July – 5th September 2009).

  28. ATTENTION AND INFORMATION TOO RE: PAUL OGUJIOFFOR
    Please let the public be informed that some people are using my name PAUL OGUJIOFFOR and my email: ephremraph@yahoo.com in trying to dupe some people. Let the public be aware that I am not the person and they have also try to block my mail and I cannot send contrary information through my email again. This started on Saturday 22nd August 2009. Please be warned. God bless you all. FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR.

  29. YOU TOO GO INTO MY VINEYARD: THE YEAR OF THE PRIESTS 2009 IN OKIGWE DIOCESE BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (SUMMER 2009 AT CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO – UDINE ARCIDIOCESI ITALIA)

    As the Catholics world over were celebrating the year of the priests as declared by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Okigwe Diocese in Nigeria graced this year with the sacerdotal ordination of twenty two (22) priests to work in the vineyard of the Lord. Since the creation of Okigwe Diocese in 1981 from Umuahia Diocese, this year of the priests 2009 records the greatest number of ordination of priests ever had in the diocese.
    This year 2009 is the first time a Cardinal is ordaining a large number of priests for the diocese of Okigwe in her soil and second time a Vatican official is presiding in such occasion in Okigwe. The first time was on 9th September 1995, when the then Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò (now Secretary of the Governatorate of Vatican City of State) ordained the 1995 set of priests at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Okigwe, under the then Bishop Most Rev Dr Anthony Ekezie Ilonu (now Bishop emeritus of Okigwe). On Saturday, the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 22nd August 2009, the Igbo Nigerian born Cardinal from Eziowelle Onitsha Archdiocese, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, and Prefect Emeritus Congregation of the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments ordained eighteen (18) priests at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe.
    After the ordination on 22nd August 2009, the blessings by the newly ordained were as follows:
    1) Rev Fr Ambrose Kela blessed the Cardinal, the ordaining prelate.
    2) Rev Fr Henry Ezeonuogu blessed the Bishops (the ordinary and the emeritus).
    3) Rev Fr Innocent Obasi blessed the priests, seminarians, religious men and women.
    4) Rev Fr Romanus Okoli blessed the lay faithful.
    The first Holy Masses of the newly ordained which supposed to be the next day Sunday was shifted by the Bishop from Monday 24th August onward, owing to the fact that the next day Sunday 23rd August 2009, there was a diocesan ceremony. On this day 23rd August 2009, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze dedicated Immaculate Heart Parish Alike-Obowo under the Parish Priest Rev Fr Dr Christopher Ogu (Episcopal vicar of Etiti Zone and the Dean Obowo Deanary), who providentially is also an indigene of the same parish. By this dedication by the Cardinal, the parish became the first to be dedicated in the diocese since the creation of the Diocese of Okigwe 1981.
    It should also be noted that this year 2009, St. Charles Borromeo Spiritual Year Seminary Ehime Okigwe Diocese will be twenty (20) years under the able and dynamic Rector Very Rev Fr Dr Cyprian Uchechukwu Okoronkwo. At its 20th year of existence in the year of the priests, she recorded the greatest number of her past students being ordained in the same year. Let us re-echo with the Psalmist: Non nobis Domine non nobis sed tua nome datur gloria.
    I wish to acknowledge the spiritual effort of Very Rev Msgr Luke Onyekachukwu Ilonu (Spiritual Director, St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe and the pioneer Rector of the Seminary) for the retreat he preached to the deacons before their ordinations on different dates. The Vocation Director, Very Rev Fr Dr Michael Ajuziogu Agbayi deserves a worthy commendation for his continuous efforts to seminarians and the deacons all these years of his service. Oh God reward abundantly all who have contributed in no small measure for the training and formation of the newly ordained priests. We owe much appreciations to their parents, guardians, benefactors, benefactresses and their formators in Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu, St. Joseph’s Major Seminary Ikot Ekpene, Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri and Philippines’ Seminary where Rev Fr Basil Onyejuruwa (of Nunya Isikwuato) did his Theological studies and part of his Philosophical studies too.
    We cannot forget the impact which our cradle and junior seminaries: St. Peter’s Seminary Ihitte (now St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte) and St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe had on our newly ordained priests. To our past and present Vocation Directors, rectors and formators in our junior seminaries, we are highly indebted to them for their sacrifices, Oh God be their portion and cup always.
    The following candidates were ordained this year, at these places, on and by:
    A: St. Anthony’s Parish in building Umuezeala Nsu on Saturday 15th August 2009, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by Most Rev Dr Solomon. A. Amatu (Bishop of Okigwe)
    1) Rev Fr Patrick Njoku – Nzerem Ikpem Ehime
    2) Rev Fr Joseph Duru – Umuezeala Nsu Ehime

    B: Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe on Saturday 22nd August 2009, Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze (Prefect Emeritus Congregation of the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments)
    1) Rev Fr Joseph Ogbuagu – Isiebu Umuduru Osu-Achara Isiala Mbano
    2) Rev Fr Innocent Obasi – Ibeme Ugiri Isiala Mbano
    3) Rev Fr Gregory Nduka – Obollo Ugiri Isiala Mbano
    4) Rev Fr Daniel Ibemere – Amaraku Ugiri Isiala Mbano
    5) Rev Fr Joseph Añumnu – Okwelle Onuimo
    6) Rev Fr Leonard Ewuzie – Umuduruegbeaguru Onuimo
    7) Rev Fr Damian Iwundu – Umualumaku Ehime
    8) Rev Fr Kelechi Uzuegbu – Umualumaku Ehime
    9) Rev Fr ThankGod Okoroafor – Alike Obowo
    10) Rev Fr Anthony Nwankwo – Ndiogbuonyeoma Arondizuogu
    11) Rev Fr Romanus Okoli – Lokpaukwu Umuchieze
    12) Rev Fr Jude Okeoma – Ndundu-Uturu
    13) Rev Fr Ambrose Kela – Acha Isikwuato
    14) Rev Fr Hilary Ubah – Eluama Isikwuato
    15) Rev Fr Basil Onyejuruwa – Nunya Isikwuato
    16) Rev Fr Henry Ezeonuogu – Amaesi Aguta L.G.A. Awka Diocese
    17) Rev Fr Cyril Agodi – Owerre Akokwa Ideato Orlu Diocese
    18) Rev Fr Godwin Ekeh – Ogwa Amakohia Ikeduru Owerri Archdiocese

    C: Our Lady of Fatima Parish Isikwuato on Sunday 30th August 2009 by Most Rev Dr Solomon. A. Amatu (Bishop of Okigwe)
    1) Rev Fr Anthony Dieme – Our Lady of Fatima Isikwuto

    D: Christ the King Church Parish Ubulu Orlu L.G.A. Orlu Diocese on Saturday 5th September 2009, Memorial of the Blessed Theresa of Calcutta by Most Rev Dr Solomon. A. Amatu (Bishop of Okigwe)
    1) Rev Fr John Ifebigbo – Christ the King Church Parish Ubulu Orlu Diocese

    The office of the Catholic sacred priesthood is that of total trust and dependent on God by the candidate for the priesthood, for it is a Mystery of Incarnate Paschal continuity. This involves a sincere love of the vocation by the priest, hence summarized in his daily and continuous sacrifices, obedience and holiness of life. The acceptance of initial and subsequent postings and apostolate after ordination is a sure means of happiness in the priestly service and life, for our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
    As priests let us always imitate Christ the Eternal priest, who has given us the privilege to share in the celebration of his sacramental mysteries. Hence, we ought to be in union with him in our daily lives and in relationship with his faithful people that we may continuously bring to them the mystery of Christ’s presence in our words and actions.
    The profound and meditative words of the ordination exhortations ought to be re-echoing often times in our ears and hearts as an ALTER CHRISTI: Believe what you teach, practice what you believe and imitate the mystery you celebrate. This imitation ought to be holistic and integral each moment and every where we find ourselves. The practice brings, shows, and shines out the life of Christ in us as an individual priest because we are acting IN PERSONA CHRISTI. Our daily lives as priests ought to be a continuity of our seminary formation.
    By our desires to enter and be properly in the seminary for the formation therein for the Catholic sacred priesthood, we are automatically by faith, moral, spiritual and otherwise incapacitated to do our will, rather the will of He whom we are to represent, Christ the High and Eternal priest. Ipso facto, the will of the Church on us, made manifest in the rules and regulations of the seminary and consequently the authority over us even after ordination ought to be followed religiously and piously too. This brings out the issue of obedience, sacrifice and holiness of life throughout our lives as priests.
    Long live the Catholic Church
    Long live the Pope
    Long live the Bishop of Okigwe and his emeritus.
    Long live the Okigwe Diocesan priests, seminarians and religious
    Long live the Lay faithful.
    FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR, AMALATO AKU-OKIGWE

  30. REV FR JOHN BAPTIST SSONKO (UGANDA) HAPPY FEAST DAY TODAY SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST 2009

    It is always good to remind ourselves of the lives of those whom we share their names,
    Many a time this helps us to model our own lives in such mood,
    The life of ST JOHN THE BAPTIST is full of lessons for us,
    His prophetic, moral and ascetic life is a model for us all, especially priests.

    His prophetic life was brave and piercing to the hearts,
    His moral life was monastic and simple,
    His ascetic life was a climax of his spirituality,
    His death was a martyrdom of faith.

    Beloved brother, Rev Fr John Baptist Ssonko,
    As we celebrate your patron saint’s martyrdom today 29t August 2009,
    Be aware that the priesthood is life of martyrdom for the greater glory of God,
    This is evident in Christ’s word I CHOSE YOU, NOT YOU CHOOSING ME.

    By these words we are not free to do whatever we want at each point in time as priests,
    The things we do as priests are X-RAYED by others,
    They may hail us at the time we are doing such, but after they publicized it,
    This is a form of martyrdom in its own form.

    When we are doing things we ought to be vigilant,
    The consciousness of shame at the first instance is always good in our live as priests,
    Our prophetic lives ought to be JOHN-THE-BAPTIST-LIKE without sugar-coated proclamation of the Word of God,
    This helps us to maintain our own integrity and promotes conversion by the help of God.

    As we are still in a special year of the priests,
    Let us always be Catholic priests in season and out of season,
    Let the martyrdom of JOHN THE BAPTIST increase the love of priestly sacrifices in us,
    Let us be aware that we are mere vessels, hence ought to be union with God always.

    Congratulations and happy feast day.
    ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, PRAY FOR US

    FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (SUMMER 2009 AT MANZANO – UDINE ITALIA)

  31. UCHECHI CAMILLUS FRANK ONYEJELAM @ 20 TODAY SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST 2009 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

    It is always good to remind ourselves of the stage in which we have reached,
    This remembrance helps us to forge ahead towards bettering our past,
    In bettering our past, our present consolidates the good past,
    This makes a way to a greater and better future if anchored on God.

    Each day’s celebration is ever new though it is reminiscence,
    This reminiscence is always with a beginning,
    This is exactly what each birthday reminds us of,
    That at a point in time in the past there was a beginning of a person or thing.

    Today Saturday 28th August 2009 is a celebration of the birthday of UCHECHI ONYEJELAM FC,
    On the memorial of the BEHEADING OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST 28th August 1989 a very fragile being was born in the person of UCHECHI,
    Because of the circumstances surrounding him when still in the womb, it was thought that he will not be alive when born,
    This brought about the drama performed by the dad when he heard of his birth.

    His birth and survival was a “welcomed surprise”,
    This gave birth to his name UCHECHI,
    It was God’s mind that he must survive,
    Every thing about him was and is still extraordinary.

    His infancy was marked with an extraordinary growth,
    His nature, character and intelligence are extraordinary,
    He has been a fire brand till now in his academic life,
    His natural wisdom is exceptionally wonderful.

    He has always being excellent in all the things he does,
    UCHECHI, your life in the Faculty of Medicine in Madonna University Elele Port Harcourt has being blessed continuously with excellent performances,
    Please continue in doing your best;
    Over and above be in union with God always.

    By your name FRANK meaning FREE, be aware that man is free but always in chains,
    By your Confirmation name CAMILLUS meaning YOUNG MINISTER OF THE SACRIFICE, continue to sacrifice your time to God while in the University as a Church warder,
    Be aware that for those who places God before them, they always triumph,
    Congratulations and happy 20th birthday to you my beloved brother.

    FROM,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (SUMMER 2009 AT MANZANO-UDINE ITALIA)

  32. OKIGWE DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS IN THE YEAR OF THE PRIESTS 2009 REUNION BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    My beloved priests-in-the-making, I humbly wish to welcome you back to our home ST PETER’S SEMINARY OKIGWE for the 2009 reunion. A home as we know already is a place which we long to go after a period of absence. This is because in the home we find love, care and concern. This is exactly what we ought to find while in the seminary, more so whenever we have reunion at our revered and enviable ALMAMATER. It is also a spiritual, moral, social and academic stock-taking period.
    As we are in the year of the priests as declared by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, this is also a special year for the seminarians more especially of you all in our beloved Diocese of Okigwe. This year our ST CHARLES BORROMEO SPIRITUAL YEAR SEMINARY EHIME will be twenty years in existence. We also experienced this year the greatest number of priestly ordination ever in the history of our diocese since her creation in 1981. This is obtainable because of your docility to the formation and increase in number, to this we sing with the Psalmist: NON NOBIS DOMINE NON NOBIS SED TUA NOME DATUR GLORIA.
    The period of apostolic work brought us close to Christ’s faithful. We ought to ask ourselves, do I as an individual seminarian really communicated Christ to all that I met within these six weeks or more? What impression did I give to the people about the Catholic Sacred priesthood? Did young people actually have the enthusiasm and the urge to enter the seminary or convent because of the way you conducted yourself during this apostolic work period?
    Ceteris patribus, let us always continue to be good seminarians, who will eventually be good priests irrespective of the increasing number. The increasing number is a blessing and we ought to make it so by our conducts in season and out season without fear of any thing.
    As I pray for your individual progress in your priestly formation, be aware that your personal effort is highly needed for the discernment therein, in your journey to the priesthood. Always pray for the Bishop, MOST REV DR SOLOMON A AMATU and the Vocation Director, VERY REV FR MICHAEL AJUZIEOGU AGBAYI and the Board helping them for their work is not an easy task. Any mistake made by them ruins the individual seminarian (priest-in-the-making) and the Church, depending which side the mistake comes from. Thank you all. God loves you.

    Your brother in union with sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (SUMMER 2009 @ MANZANO UDINE ITALIA)

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    GRAZIE, SIGNORA AUGUSTA RIVETTI PER LA SUA CURA ED AIUTA MATERNA A ME QUESTA ESTATE 2009

    L’amore di Dio è sempre presente in persone,
    In tutto il mondo le buone madri sempre esiste,
    Tale è il caso qui in MANZANO,
    Nella persona di AUGUSTA, lei è una madre eccellente.

    SIGNORA AUGUSTA RIVETTI, la tua cura e concerne a me sarà ricordato sempre,
    Lei bagnò cura ed ama a me,
    Dio La benedirà nella vita sempre,
    La Sua famiglia sarà ricordata da Dio in tutti che loro fanno.

    Lei è pieno delle virtù per essere emulato da tutti,
    La Sua semplicità è meravigliosa,
    La Sua natura benigna è straordinaria,
    La Sua dedicazione al dovere è eccellente.

    Lei è molto semplice con l’esercizio dei Suoi doveri,
    La sincerità è piena della Sua natura,
    Lei è una perla in natura,
    Lei è pieno di tesori invidiabili di natura.

    SIGNORA AUGUSTA RIVETTI, la tua bellezza è senza macchia ed estremamente magnetica, così è il tuo carattere,
    Lei è estremamente caritatevole ed ospitale, quindi può andare affamato come a vedere altri sentire a casa e può soddisfare,
    SIGNORA AUGUSTA RIVETTI, Lei è una sorella adorata, madre, organizzatore di famiglia, creatore di pace ed una moglie esemplare,
    Dal mio cuore sincero mi mancano parole esprimere quello che Lei realmente è.

    La tua pazienza e preghiera continua a situazioni nella famiglia sono valore menzionando,
    Effettivamente pazienza è una chiave al successo,
    Il Suo successo è pieno della prudenza,
    Questa prudenza rivela la Sua natura meravigliosa che è straordinaria.

    La Sua personalità è AUGUSTA,
    Suo integrante e natura di holistic è piena di “Consacrò la Vita”,
    Questo è quello che vuole dire il Suo nome realmente e precisamente,
    Davvero Lei consacrò la Sua natura nella Chiesa per i servizi che Lei rende a preti.

    La mia preghiera è quel Dio sempre continuerà a benedirLa,
    Il nostro Dio Gesù Cristo nutrirà la Sua vita col il suo Corpo Divino e il Sangue sempre,
    La Beata Vergine Maria sarà una madre speciale a Lei,
    Gli angeli paradisiaci vogliono guida, guardia e piombo Lei tutti attraverso vita Sua sempre.

    Come Lei ha dedicato la Sua vita intera alla Chiesa in servizi Suoi,
    Dio proteggerà la Sua famiglia col suo favore paradisiaco sempre,
    Dovrebbe essere alcun errore da Lei come un essere umano là,
    La misericordia Divina di Dio pulirà sempre e La perdonerà totalmente.

    Per favore sia in fiducia continua in Dio per lui è la Sua speranza,
    Per le cose che Lei non può cambiare nella vita, per favore li accetti felicemente,
    Per favore sappia che la Sua ricompensa sarà grande in cielo,
    Dio non ha abbandonato mai quelli che misero la loro fiducia in lui.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA
    ESTATE 2009

    LA MIA ESPRESSIONE SINCERA DELLA GIOIA – GRAZIE RIVETTI MONS. NINO

    Uomo è un essere di amore e ringraziamento; quindi noi non dovremmo essere stanchi nel dare grazie. In prospettiva di questo io desidero umilmente e sinceramente esprimere la mia gioia e mio ringraziamento a Lei fra questi due mesi.

    Sinceramente parlarLa è un padre a me. Lei è occupato ogni giorno e secondo con la mia felicità sempre, conforti ed essendo bene.

    Dio nella sua bontà infinita continuerà a benedirLa. Lei mi fece sapere i vari luoghi e persone, Dio continuerà ad accordare le Sue intenzioni in preghiera sempre. La Sua generosità è valore menzionando, grazie e MANDI.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA
    ESTATE 2009

    LA MIA ESPRESSIONE SINCERA DELLA GIOIA – GRAZIE BIGOTTO DOTT. MONS. REMO

    Uomo è un essere di amore e ringraziamento; perciò noi non dovremmo essere stanchi nel dare grazie. In prospettiva di questo io desidero umilmente e sinceramente esprimere la mia gioia e mio ringraziamento a Lei fra questi due mesi.

    Sinceramente parlando, il mio cuore esulta in gioia ogni durata io La soddisfo ad alcuna adunata se religioso o sociale. Lei è un’epitome della semplicità nel sacerdozio. Il Suo carattere è moltissimo unico e degno dell’emulazione. Lei è sempre parole di padre e dotte erano di pensieri profondi ed un’oasi per menti aride.

    Io desidero richiamare la Sua guida storica e speciale a me 11 luglio 2009 quando io visitai l’ABBAZIA. La Sua predicazione 7 agosto 2009 quando io celebrai il mio 10º anniversario sacerdotale a CASE DI MANZANO è un MEMORABILIA a me. Infatti Lei è un modello nel sacerdozio cattolico. La Sua generosità è valore menzionando, grazie e MANDI.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA
    ESTATE 2009

    LA MIA ESPRESSIONE SINCERA DELLA GIOIA – GRAZIE ROMANUTTI DON ELIO

    Uomo è un essere di amore e ringraziamento; quindi noi non dovremmo essere stanchi nel dare grazie. In prospettiva di questo io desidero umilmente e sinceramente esprimere la mia gioia e mio ringraziamento a Lei fra questi due mesi.

    La Sua puntualità prima che la Santa Messa è piuttosto encomiabile. I Suoi discorsi vivaci stanno incoraggiando alla mente sempre.

    La Sua generosità è valore menzionando, grazie e MANDI.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA
    ESTATE 2009

  34. UCHECHI CAMILLUS FRANK ONYEJELAM @ 20 TODAY THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST 2009 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

    It is always good to remind ourselves of the stage in which we have reached,
    This remembrance helps us to forge ahead towards bettering our past,
    In bettering our past, our present consolidates the good past,
    This makes a way to a greater and better future if anchored on God.

    Each day’s celebration is ever new though it is reminiscence,
    This reminiscence is always with a beginning,
    This is exactly what each birthday reminds us of,
    That at a point in time in the past there was a beginning of a person or thing.

    Today Thursday 27th August 2009 is a celebration of the birthday of UCHECHI ONYEJELAM FC,
    On the memorial of ST MONICA (MOTHER OF ST. AUGUSTINE A GREAT TEACHER LIKE YOU) 27th August 1989 a very fragile being was born in the person of UCHECHI,
    Because of the circumstances surrounding him when still in the womb, it was thought that he will not be alive when born,
    This brought about the drama performed by the dad when he heard of his birth.

    His birth and survival was a “welcomed surprise”,
    This gave birth to his name UCHECHI,
    It was God’s mind that he must survive,
    Every thing about him was and is still extraordinary.

    His infancy was marked with an extraordinary growth,
    His nature, character and intelligence are extraordinary,
    He has been a fire brand till now in his academic life,
    His natural wisdom is exceptionally wonderful.

    He has always being excellent in all the things he does,
    UCHECHI, your life in the Faculty of Medicine in Madonna University Elele Port Harcourt has being blessed continuously with excellent performances,
    Please continue in doing your best;
    Over and above be in union with God always.

    By your name FRANK meaning FREE, be aware that man is free but always in chains,
    By your Confirmation name CAMILLUS meaning YOUNG MINISTER OF THE SACRIFICE, continue to sacrifice your time to God while in the University as a Church warder,
    Be aware that for those who places God before them, they always triumph,
    Congratulations and happy 20th birthday to you my beloved brother.

    FROM,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (SUMMER 2009 AT MANZANO-UDINE ITALIA)

  35. GRAZIE E DIO VI BENEDICA

    L’uomo è una creatura di amore da Dio. Ringraziamento è immanente in uomo. Da un inchino a Dio, uomo esprime nelle azioni fatte a lui una forma della reciprocità. I favori che noi riceviamo da Dio attraverso le altre persone non possono essere associati a dai nostri piccoli grazie o gli apprezzamenti. Perciò ai tutti voi, io non posso essere stanco di dire grazie.
    Ogni giorno voi ci impensierisce col mio benessere in preghiere ed atti. Dio che conosce tutte le nostre preoccupazioni continuerà a nutrirLa con cose eccellenti e meravigliose nella vita.

    SIGNOR LORENZO BATTISTUTTA – calma, completamente padre benigno e religioso e marito, Dio non L’abbandonerà mai nel Suo momento di isolamento. Dio L’ha benedetto con la buona ed umile moglie e figlie. Lui L’ha fortificato con figlie eccellenti, sagge ed intelligenti.

    SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI – la semplice, premurosa e devota madre e moglie, il Dio sarà la Sua porzione nella vita sempre. Lui L’ha benedetto col buon ed umile marito e L’ha fortificato con figlie eccellenti, sagge ed intelligenti.

    IRENE BATTISTUTTA – figlia elegante, bella, esemplare ed innocente e sorella, Dio continuerà a benedirLa in tutto il Suo tentativi. Lei è onorate con genitori invidiabili ed eccellenti.

    FRANCESCA BATTISTUTTA – bella o carina, umili, figlia verginale ed angelica e sorella, le Sue aspirazioni già sono sentite ed incoronarono da Dio. Dio ti benedica con onorevoli è genitori che temono Dio.

    A tutti voi, la Sua bellezza e la bellezza sono senza macchia ed estremamente magnetiche, così è i voi caratteri. Dal mio cuore sincero mi mancano parole esprimere quello che voi realmente è. Voi è ogni cosa buono io ho visto nella vita.
    MANDI.

    Suo figlio e fratello nella famiglia,

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    Domenica 6 settembre 2009.

  36. 2009 SUMMER RETROSPECT BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR OF OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA AT THE PARISHES OF: SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA DE MANZANO, SAN LORENZO MARTIRE DE SOLESCHIANO, SANTA MARGHERITA VERGINA E MARTIRE DE MANZINELLO, SAN TOMASO APOSTOLO DE LE CASE, E SANTI GIOVANNI BATTISTA E NICOLÒ VESCOVO DE OLEIS

    It all started with my arrival on Tuesday night 30 June 2009, as I was happily and cordially welcomed by the parish priest of the five parishes: MONS GIOVANNI RIVETTI (DON NINO), as popularly called, at UDINE railway station. Christ is really and truly present in his person as a priest. AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.
    The next day Wednesday 1 July 2009, every thing started in normal form because there was already a program stipulated for the entire parishes especially for the summer. DON NINO was always fast in introducing me to the parishioners and they in return appreciated my stay among them. Primarily I came to help in the mission work among the people for two months for the celebration of the sacraments and join in their social gatherings where necessary.
    Wednesday 01/07/09: This was my first official outing in the Church at SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA MANZANO for the usual Holy Mass with Lauds, confession and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with adoration. DON REMO was at the confessional during the Mass. From the subsequent Wednesday 07/07/09 I always administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the liturgical program. It was very interesting to me exercising my priestly ministry among Christ’s faithful. On Sundays, when I am not the celebrant for the 8am Mass I stay at the confessional.
    Thursday 02/07/09: I was the chief celebrant for the Mass on 19 hours at OLEIS with DON REMO.
    Friday 03/07/09: I went to cemetery of San Lorenzo with SR FRANCESCA for the burial ceremony of the cremated body of SIGNORA ROMANA and blessing of the grave by 11am. There were more than 20 people who came to pray together with the bereaved family.
    Saturday and Sunday Masses were celebrated as usual throughout my stay.
    Monday 06/07/09: In addition to the normal daily activities, I had with SR FRANCESCA the visitation and confession for the sick and elderly at CASE.
    Thursday 09/07/09: I had visitation and confessions for the sick today also.
    Saturday 11/07/09: I made a visit to the ABBAZIA. It was full of experiences as the Rector; BIGOTTO DOTT. MONS. REMO (of humble, unique, ever cheerful and holy nature) took me round explaining things and the history of the place.
    Other things followed as usual.
    Thursday 15/07/09: Visitation to the sick and the aged with confessions, with SR FRANCESCA.
    Tuesday 21/07/09: This is the birthday of DON NINO. I visited up to ten sick and aged people at MANZANO with SIGNOR GIOVANNI BELLO. In the evening there was a birthday party.
    Thursday 23/07/09: Visitation of the sick. Worthy of note is that most of the sick we visited were almost alone without any body staying with them. Most of the age elderly people range from 70 years and above. For those who have helpers with them they were Greece, Romanian or Polish.
    Friday 24/07/09: Visitation to the sick with SR SERAFINA at CASE.
    Monday 27/07/09: Visitation done today with SR SERAFINA was at SAN LORENZO and ABBAZIA
    Tuesday 28/07/09: Visitation done today was at CASE with SR SERAFINA.
    Thursday 30/07/09: The visitation today with Sr. Francesca was special indeed, because all we attended to were between the age ranges of 92 to 97 years.
    Friday 31/07/09: Today’s visit for the sick was with SIGNOR GIOVANNI.
    The daily lives of this month were fully graced by the youth’s performances mainly on the social aspects with religious undertones.

    AUGUST
    As we entered the month of August, the youths were rarely seen. Normal daily activities were experienced within these days.
    Thursday 06/08/09: Today the Feast of Transfiguration, I visited the sick with SR FRANCESCA. Most of the sick we visited were handicapped.
    Friday 07/08/09: Today, I celebrated my 10th priestly ordination anniversary at the CHIESA DI SAN TOMASO CASE. DON REMO and PADRE EMILIO concelebrated with me. DON REMO read the gospel and preached a wonderful and unforgettable homily as well. After the Holy Mass, the family of SIGNOR LORENZO BATTISTUTTA and SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI with their daughters IRENE and FRANCESCA organized a party in my honour and all present feasted. This is the highest surprise I have seen since my stay in Italy. What a wonderful and good Catholic family. Oh God bless them for me and all who gave me the opportunity to celebrate this.
    From 08/08/09 – 18/08/09, the experiences were of the normal and daily routine activities.
    Wednesday 19/08/09, I visited the MONASTERIO DI CASTLE MONTE with SIGNOR LORENZO BATTISTUTTA. I saw faith at work and the wonderful works of God.
    From Thursday 20/08/09 – Sunday 23/08/09, I enjoyed the three days retreat for the celebration of MADONNA DI CINTURA OLEIS. The unique preaching of MONS REMO BIGOTTO within these days revolving on Mary the Mother of God brought down the God’s sublimity on the participants of this spiritual activity.
    From Monday 24/08/09 – Sunday 30/08/09, the experiences were of the normal and daily routine activities.
    Monday 31/08/09, there was an inter-parochial Mass for the send-forth of SISTERS FRANCESCA & SERAFINA who had stayed in this zone for 11 and 6 years respectively. It was followed by party at the Centro Giovanile Manzano.

    SEPTEMBER
    Tuesday 01/09/09 I was given a special book named SANTI: GIORNO PER GIORNO TRA ARTE E FEDE, by MONS NINO as a MEMORABILIA.
    With the proximity of the FESTA DELLA SEDIA, the CANONICA became busy once again for the preparation. There were exhibitions of antiquated religious articles and documents. The feast was properly celebrated from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September 2009.
    Friday 04/09/09 Consequent to FESTA DELLA SEDIA that started properly today, the Holy Mass was suspended at CASE and the normal 1st Friday Mass, Lodi and Confessions were had. By evening time I experienced the inauguration ceremony of the feast at FOLEDÔR a word from FRIULANO which signifies LOCALE DOVE PIGIA L’UVA (place where Olive fruits are matched with feet, for the production of wine in the ancient time) in PALAZZO COMUNE DI MANZANO. The speaker was LORENZO (ADVOCATE) son of GIORGO BELTRAME of SAN LORENNO DI MANZANO.
    Saturday 05/09/09 There was a lunch comprising all the priests, deacon and religious sisters working in the parish. After the lunch I expressed my appreciation to the priests, deacon and the women religious thus:
    1) Le nostre vite come sacerdoti anche vita consacrata è quello di un specchio ad altri. Sono contento con le testimonianze del fedeli su ognuno di voi.
    2) Io sinceramente ringrazio ognuno di voi, per le vostri vite mi toccata positivamente.
    3) Siamo pellegrini, ci permetta di continuare a ricordare l’un l’altri nelle nostre preghiere. Grazie e MANDI a tutti voi
    In the evening there was concelebration which comprises all the priests during the lunch and also Rev Michele (Salesian).
    Sunday 06/09/09 Today marked the end of my stay which in total was two months and six days. I celebrated Mass at MANZANO, MANZINELLO and SAN LORENZO. The people expressed their joy with my stay with them.

    GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
    1) The priests (DON NINO, DON REMO & DON ELIO) working in this five zonal parishes of MANZANO were to me very much edifying, unique, humane, generous, simple, prayerful and holy.
    2) I sincerely wish to appreciate how respect is accorded to the priests generally.
    3) I observed a very healthy fraternity among the priests and deacons working within and outside MANZANO zone, through their constant staying and eating together during lunch at a particular place.
    4) The sincere efforts of the religious sisters (SR SUPERIOR, SR SERAFINA & SR FRANCESCA) are worth mentioning.
    5) Sincerely speaking the people were good, kind, loving, generous, hospitable and ready to listen and help too.
    6) The prayer attitude and liturgical participation of the lay faithful during funeral or memorial Mass of the dead is highly commendable.
    7) The active participation of lay readers is highly commendable too.
    8) There is a high love of the Sacrament of Reconciliation by many.
    9) I wish to commend the sincere efforts of those working at the Parish house in their different levels and capacities, some of them are OVIDIO, AUGUSTA, GIORGIO & ORIANA, MARIA, PAOLO, BETTINA BOLZICCO, GIORGIO BELTRAME, ETC.
    10) The active and exact execution of their duties by all the sacristans in the five parishes is highly commendable.
    11) The committee that always stands proxy at work in all that is done in the parishes are so much encouraging.
    12) Worthy of note is that there is a Nigerian family living at VIA SANTA EUROSIA CASE not yet married in the Church and their children were not baptized either. They needed special attention for their sacramental lives.
    13) The youths were seldom in the Churches. I noticed throughout the two months, much presence of the youths at OLEIS more than other sister parishes.
    14) On daily bases I always observe that there is a general and reoccurring talking in all the five parishes inside the Church before or after the liturgical celebrations.

    LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS FROM 1ST JULY – 6TH SEPTEMBER 2009 AT MANZANO, CASE, OLEIS, SAN LORENZO & MANZINELL BY DON PAUL OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA)

    JULY
    Wednesday 01/07/09 Concelebration at MANZANO.
    Thursday 02/07/90 Mass at MANZANO with Don Remo.
    Friday 03/07/09 Went to cemetery with Suor Francesca to bless a cremated boy of ROMANA & concelebration at CASE.
    Saturday 04/07/09 Mass at MANZANO with three concelebrants
    Sunday 05/07/09 Concelebration, Mass at CASE & OLEIS
    Monday 06/07/09 Visitation and confessions to the sick and elderly people with Suor Francesca & Mass at MANZANO
    Tuesday 07/07/09 Concelebration
    Wednesday 08/07/09 Confessions at MANZANO
    Thursday 09/07/09 Visitations and confessions, & Mass at MANZANO
    Friday 10/07/09 Mass at CASE with Don Remo
    Saturday 11/07/09 Mass at MANZANO
    Sunday 12/07/09 Mass at MANZANO & MANZINELLO
    Monday 13/07/09 Mass at MANZANO with Don Remo
    Tuesday 14/07/09 Mass at SAN LORENZO with Don Remo
    Wednesday 15/07/09 Confessions at MANZANO & Mass at MANZINELLO with Don Remo
    Thursday 16/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Suor Francesca & Mass at MANZANO with Don Elio
    Friday 17/07/09 Mass at CASE with Don Remo
    Saturday 18/07/08 Mass at OLEIS alone (End of the ESTATE RAGAZZI)
    Sunday 19/07/08 Mass at MANZANO & OLEIS
    Monday 20/07/09 Mass at MANZANO with Don Remo
    Tuesday 21/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Signor Giovanni, & Mass at SAN LORENZO with Don Remo
    Wednesday 22/07/09 Confessions at MANZANO & Mass with Don Remo and Don Elio
    Thursday 23/07/09 Visitation and confessions, & concelebration
    Friday 24/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Suor Serafina, & Mass at CASE with Don Remo
    Saturday 25/07/09 Concelebration
    Sunday 26/07/09 Confessions at MANZANO & Mass at CASE and MANZANO
    Monday 27/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Suor Serafina, & Mass at MANZANO with Don Remo and Don Elio
    Tuesday 28/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Suor Serafina, & Mass at SAN LORENZO alone
    Wednesday 29/07/09 Mass at MANZINELLO with Don Remo
    Thursday 30/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Suor Francesca, Mass at MANZANO alone
    Friday 31/07/09 Visitation and confessions with Signor Giovanni Bello, & Mass at CASE alone

    AUGUST
    Saturday 01/08/09 Mass at MANZANO with Don Nino and Don Elio
    Sunday 02/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO, Mass at CASE & MANZANO
    Monday 03/08/09 Visitation and confessions with Suor Serafina, & Mass at MANZNO with Don Remo and Padre Emilio
    Tuesday 04/08/09 Mass at SAN LORENZO with Don Remo, Don Elio and Padre Emilio
    Wednesday 05/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO & Mass at MANZINELLO with Don Remo and Don Elio
    Thursday 06/08/08 Visitation and confessions with Suor Francesca, & Mass at MANZANO with Don Elio and Padre Emilio
    Friday 07/08/09 Mass of my 10th priestly ordination anniversary at CASE with Don Remo and Padre Emilio
    Saturday 08/08/09 Confession at the CANONICA, & concelebration
    Sunday 09/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO, Mass at MANZINELLO & SAN LORENZO
    Monday 10/08/09 Concelebration
    Tuesday 11/08/09 Concelebration
    Wednesday 12/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO & Mass at MANZINELLO with Don Remo
    Thursday 13/08/09 Concelebration
    Friday 14/08/09 Concelebration
    Saturday 15/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO, Assumption Mass at MANZINELLO & SAN LORENZO
    Sunday 16/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO, Mass at MANZINELLO & MANZANO
    Monday 17/08/09 Mass at MANZANO with Don Remo and Don Elio
    Tuesday 18/08/09 Mass at SAN LORENZO with Don Remo and Don Elio
    Wednesday 19/08/09 Visit to CASTLE MONTE, in the evening celebrated with two people at Manzano
    Thursday 20/08/09 Confessions & concelebration at OLEIS
    Friday 21/08/09 Confessions & concelebration at OLEIS
    Saturday 22/08/09 Confessions & conclebration at OLEIS
    Sunday 23/08/09 Mass at MANZANO, CASE & SAN LORENZO
    Monday 24/08/09 Funeral concelebration at CASE & Mass at MANZANO alone
    Tuesday 25/08/09 Concelebrtaion
    Wednesday 26/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO & concelebration at MANZANO
    Thursday 27/08/09 Mass at MANZANO alone
    Friday 28/08/09 Concelebration
    Saturday 29/08/09 Mass at MANZANO, at noon today I witnessed a marriage celebration which Don Nino officiated.
    Sunday 30/08/09 Confessions at MANZANO, Mass at CASE & OLEIS
    Monday 31/08/09 Concelebration Mass of the send-forth of Sisters Serafina & Francesca at MANZANO.

    SEPTEMBER
    Tuesday 01/09/09 Concelebration Mass at SAN LORENZO
    Wednesday 02/09/09 Confessions, EUCHARISTIC BENEDICTION, & MASS at MANZANO with Don Remo.
    Thursday 03/09/09 Concelebration with Don Nino & Don Elio
    Friday 04/09/09 Confessions & concelebration at Manzano
    Saturday 05/09/09 Confessions & concelebration at Manzano
    Sunday 06/09/09 Mass at MANZANO, MANZINELLO & SAN LORENZO

    THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL

    Human being (man) is a creature of love by God. Thanksgiving is immanent in man. By an obeisance to God, man expresses in the actions done to him a form of reciprocity. The favours we receive from God through other people cannot be equated by our little thanks or appreciations. Therefore to you all, I cannot be tired of saying thanks.
    Each day you preoccupy yourselves with my well-being in prayers and acts. God who knows all our worries will continue to nourish you with excellent and wonderful things in life.

    SIGNOR LORENZO BATTISTUTTA – calm, quite, humane and religious father and husband, God will never abandon you in your moment of isolation. God has blessed you with good and humble wife and daughters. He has strengthened you with excellent, wise and intelligent daughters.

    SIGNORA VALERIA BONUTTI – simple, homely, caring and devout mother and wife, the Lord will always be your portion in life. He has blessed you with good and humble husband and strengthened you with excellent, wise and intelligent daughters.

    IRENE BATTISTUTTA – elegant, beautiful, exemplary and innocent daughter and sister, God will continue to bless you in all your endeavours. You are honoured with enviable and excellent parents.

    FRANCESCA BATTISTUTTA – pretty, humble, virginal and angelic daughter and sister, your aspirations are already heard and crowned by God. You are blessed with honourable and God fearing parents.

    To you all, your beauty and handsomeness are stainless and highly magnetic, so are your characters. From my sincere heart I lack words to express what you really are. You are every thing good I have seen in life.

    Your son and brother in the family,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    Sunday 6 September 2009.

  37. REV FR MARTIN ANORUE (OF THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF OWERRI AND A STUDENT OF SPIRITUALITY IN TERESANIUM PONTIFICAL UNIVERSITY ROMA): HAPPY FEAST DAY OF YOUR PATRON ST. MARTIN OF TOURS 11TH NOVEMBER 2009 IN ROMA

    Your Patron St. Martin of Tours (c.316-917) was one of great saints of Gaul and the outstanding pioneer of Western monasticism before St. Benedict.
    About 337 at Amiens as he was inducted into army he cut his cloak in half and gave half to a poorly clad beggar in the freezing cold; that night he had a vision of Christ clad in his half cloak.
    He was a convert to Christianity, who as a priest fought against Ariansim and as bishop from 371 he lived privately in Marmoutier as a monk, establishing the great monastic center at the same place, while he publicly devote himself to his Episcopal duties with great zeal.

    Fr Martin as you rejoice in your Patron saint’s day, I humbly wish to say that the attribute of St. Martin of Tours can be juxtaposed in your priestly life.
    Your life of charity knows no bound, for you always sacrifice your time and talent unceasingly to people when they come to experience your ingenuity.
    Your high spiritual life is not only monastic but pastorally and morally blended unto good of others.

    Your sincere contribution to others is garnished with love and concern.
    You are really a brother priest who always preaches Christ through actions.
    You are really showering your expertise as you embrace your specialization in Spirituality.
    You have really emptied your self (Kenosis) by your sacerdotal life which very many people have experienced each moment they meet you and every place as well..

    Therefore, have strong hope in your daily life for God and the entire faithful, for He will not abandon you in your moment of isolation.
    I wish you happy feast day.
    St. Martin of Tours, pray for us.

    In union with prayer,
    Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor
    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SANTA CROCE
    ROMA
    11th November 2009

  38. 1984 SETS OF OKIGWE DIOCESAN PRIESTS CELEBRATES THEIR SILVER JUBILEE (25 YEARS) ON 8TH DECEMBER 2009 AT CATHEDRAL OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OKIGWE – REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Only this ministerial priesthood gives one the right to offer the Eucharistic sacrifice, forgive sins and publically exercise the sacramental priesthood for the benefit of others, because it is the result of the special sacrament of Order, by which the Holy Spirit bestows on those who receive it a particular character which likens them to Christ the Priest, and enables them to act in the name of Christ, head of the Mystical Body. (Suarez F, About Being A Priest, p.4).
    After twenty five years in the service of the Lord, the priesthood still remains a mystery. This fact of our faith and the ministerial character of the priesthood are evident in the sacrifices rendered to our mother church by our brother-priests who are celebrating their twenty years in the Lord’s vineyard.
    At this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of the Diocese, the Diocese rejoices with her 1984 sets of priests at their silver Jubilee celebration. Providentially, two of the jubilarians were ordained on 8th December 1984. With the creation of Okigwe Diocese and subsequently the Episcopal consecration of the pioneer Bishop (Most Rev Dr A. E. Ilonu) on 29th March 1981 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Okigwe, the priestly ordination Mass on 08/12/84 was the first in the history of the diocese. The priests of 1984 set were:
    1. Rev Fr (Barr) Oliver Mbagwu (Ezihe-Osu Mbano)
    2. Rev Fr Athanasius Owunna (Ndiogbuonyeoma Arondizuogu)
    3. Rev Fr Desmond Obi (Umunumo)
    4. Rev Fr Maurice Jiwike (Nsu)
    5. Rev Fr Jeremiah Ofoegbu (Nsu)
    6. Rev Fr Cletus Nnannaemeka Ehiem (Ehime, ordained 08/12/84)
    7. Rev Fr Josephat Okanume Nwankwo (Arondizuogu, ordained 08/12/84)
    Providentially, after 25 years, the two jubilarians ordained at the Cathedral Parish Okigwe are at the same zone, Fr Josephat Okanume Nwankwo is the Episcopal Vicar and Dean of Okigwe Deanery and Fr Cletus Nnannaemeka Ehiem is the Financial Administration. Back to my memory lane I wish to thank God for the opportunity He had granted me in life. As an altar server, the priestly ordination Mass of Frs Cletus Ehiem and Josephat Nwankwo was the first one ever I served, providentially both have a special role in my life. Fr Cletus Ehiem is my Spiritual Director and Confessor, while Fr Josephat Nwankwo was my Parish Priest under Good Shepherd Parish Ihube/Aku during my priestly ordination on 7th August 1999. When my home town AKU-OKIGWE was created Parish-in-Building, Fr (Barr) Oliver Mbagwu was appointed my pioneer Parish builder. I sincerely wish to thank all the jubilarians on this day of 8th December 2009 as they make anew their joy of ordination after 25 years.
    May Our Jesus Christ, the Eternal priest continue to use you all as his instruments in reaching out the people to Himself through their Sacrifice, Obedience and Holiness of life. Congratulations.
    Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor.
    Pontificia Università della Santa Croce Roma

  39. REV FR DR CYPRIAN UCHECHUKWU OKORONKWO CELEBRATES HIS 15º ANNIVERSARY AS A CATHOLIC PRIEST ON 25TH FEBRUARY 2010

    The office of the Catholic priesthood is a privilege and not a right which mere man is given by Christ through the apostolic successions. It was while still a student in Rome that Cyprian Uchechukwu Okoronkwo was ordained a deacon by Francis Cardinal Arinze and later a priest by Cardinal Tomko on 25th February 1995 at the Chapel of Pontifical Urban University Rome for the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe. Fr Cyprian Uchechukwu Okoronkwo specialized in Scripture (Biblical Theology). He studied in Pontifical Urban University and Biblical Institute both in Rome and also Biblical Institute Jerusalem.

    The office of the priesthood is based on sacrificed, obedience and holiness of life which is Trinitarian and Theocentric in nature with its functions in the Verbum Incarnatus. In view of these, the Catholic priesthood is totally incarnated in AGAPE, any form of life outside this, regarding spirituality, morality, social and academics are “un-godly”, “un-priestly” and “a cheat to the ministerial priesthood of Christ” which we participate in. We are thanking God on your behalf for the priesthood of Christ which you have participated, within these past fifteen (15) years. The proper exercising of priestly functions is not an easy task for much are expected of us but, by his (Christ) wounds we shall be healed and conquer as well. Therefore, at this juncture permit me to humbly request you, to personally, meditate these fifteen years; of what level or degree was your imitation and identification with Christ to God’s flock in matters regarding:
    a) Christ’s Kingly nature in you vis-à-vis in your assignments.
    b) Christ’s Prophetic nature in you vis-à-vis your assignments.
    c) Christ’s Priestly nature in you vis-à-vis your assignments.

    Fr Cyprian Okoronkwo, be always conscious and conscientious of the fact that your present assignment is the most delicate of all, for you are forming the future priests of Christ and once there is a lack in the supposed qualities you may be sharing in the greatest percentage thereafter, but God forbid that. Nevertheless, be consoled by the biblical word: I will not leave you as an orphan, say the Lord. AD MAYORM DEI GLORIAM.
    Congratulations.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA

  40. REV FR DR PATRICK IFEANYICHUKWU UGWAKA CELEBRATES HIS 15º ANNIVERSARY AS A CATHOLIC PRIEST ON 25TH FEBRUARY 2010

    Fr Ugwaka’s journey to the Catholic Sacred priesthood started early 80s in the junior seminary in Okigwe Diocese. He did his philosophical course in Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri under the rectorship of Rev Fr Dr Theophilus Okere (now Monsignor). His theological course was done in Pontifical Urban University and St Anselm Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, both in Rome. While he was still in Rome, he was ordained a deacon by Francis Cardinal Arinze and later a priest by Cardinal Tomko on 25th February 1995 at the Chapel of Pontifical Urban University Rome for the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe. Fr Ugwaka specialized in Dogmatic Theology and Liturgy. Today, we rejoice with you in your joyful mood.

    The priesthood is not and can never be a personal enterprise. The priesthood is Trinitarian in nature and character, its function is salvific. Any character possessed that is against the nature or function performed by a priest outside this Trinitarian or salvific concepts are not only “un-priestly” but also a form of debasement to the sacred priesthood. Ipso facto, each time a priest is celebrating his ordination anniversary; it is a special period of retreat or stock-taking regarding his past life in matters boarding in spirituality, morality, social and academics vis-à-vis his pastoral assignments.

    As we pray and thank God for you, Fr Patrick Ugwaka in this special occasion, we urge you to be the priest of Christ in season and outside season. Be always Alter Christi in the exercising of your functions as a King, Prophet and Priest. Know you that as a formator in Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri more effort is needed, for the future priests whom you are directing will be looking up to you for the best, so any mistake done may be copied as a model by some feeble minds. Within these fifteen (15) years in the priesthood, may you humbly ask and evaluate yourself alone on your sincere effort to represent Christ in the priestly sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life. Always remember the axiom: NEMO SIBI SACERDOS.

    Happy 15º anniversary to the sacred priesthood of Christ which you share in for it is not a right but a privilege to us mere creatures. AD MAYOREM DEI GLORIAM. Congratulations.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA

  41. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SACRED PRIESTLY ORDINATION, REV FR JOHN CHUKWUMA OKAFOR (CONGREGATION OF THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST), ON SATURDAY MARCH 6TH, 2010 AT SANTUARIO PONTIFICIO DELLA SCALA SANTA ROMA

    This day will be ever green in your memory throughout your life time, because you share in the ministerial priesthood of Jesus Christ, that which is noble and prestigious. From today, 6th March 2010, with your sacred priestly ordination history has it already that you are the first Igbo Nigerian priest of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionist). As the first, much will be expected from you in all ramifications, but be aware that NEMO SIBI SARCEDOS.

    Priesthood properly and strictly speaking is a vocation which has nothing so personal about it; hence a priest is a character that has nothing so personal to him, for he is always showing and representing Christ who is God. The office of the priesthood is based on sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life which is Trinitarian in nature with its functions anchored in the Verbum Incarnatus. The office of the Catholic sacred priesthood is that of total trust and dependent on God by the candidate for the priesthood, for it is a Mystery of Incarnate Paschal continuity. This involves a sincere love of the vocation by the priest, hence summarized in his daily life activities. Always imitate Christ the Eternal priest, who has given us the privilege to share in the celebration of his sacramental mysteries. Hence, you ought to be in union with him in your daily life and in relationship with his faithful people that you may continuously bring to all the mystery of Christ’s presence in your words and actions. The profound and meditative words of the ordination exhortations ought to be re-echoing often times in your ears and hearts as an ALTER CHRISTI: Believe what you teach, practice what you believe and imitate the mystery you celebrate. This imitation ought to be holistic and integral each moment and every where you find yourself. The practice brings, shows, and shines out the life of Christ in you as an individual priest because you are acting IN PERSONA CHRISTI.

    In the words of St. John Eudes, “You are His mouth and His tongue. Through you He speaks to His people, continuing to preach the gospel that He Himself preached during His public life. Through you He imparts true life, the life of grace on earth and the life of glory in heaven to all the members of His Mystical Body, what marvels, what favours, what greatness in the sacerdotal dignity! Yet there is still more. You are an associate of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, in most sublime and mysterious intimacy”.

    Tu est sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordine Melchizedek. Happy priestly ordination. Ad Moltus Annus.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE)
    6TH MARCH 2010 ROMA

  42. REV FR JOHN CHUKWUMA OKAFOR, OF THE MOTHER OF GOD, (PASSIONIST) CELEBRATED HIS FIRST HOLY MASS ON SUNDAY 7TH MARCH 2010 AT SANTUARIO PONTIFICIO DELLA SCALA SANTA ROMA

    Fr John C Okafor was ordained on Saturday 6th March 2010 for the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ and being the first Igbo Nigerian Passionist Priest, he is to open the Congregation in Nigeria. He hails from UMUOKPURUKA-UMUEZEGWU IHITTE in IHITTE/UBOMA L.G.A IMO STATE in OKIGWE DIOCESE. His vocation to the priesthood was fostered by the life of REV FR ONYEDIKACHI AGOAWIKE, whom he lived with before coming to Rome to begin his formation with the Passionist Congregation.
    Fr John Okafor had his Postulant formation at ROCCA DI PAPA and had his Novitiate formation at MONTEAL GENTARIO both in ITALY. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Pontifical Lateran University Rome and had his Specialization study on Moral Theology at Pontificio Alphonsianum Universitae Roma.
    At his ordination Mass, the ordaining Prelate, stressed during the homily that: The objective identification with Christ in our personal sanctity consists in the dignity of the priest. The priesthood is a gift of the Sacred Heart of Love of Jesus Christ, making reference to BENEDICT XVI’s letter for the opening of the year of the priests citing CURE D’ARS (ST. JOHN MARY VIANNEY). In the dignity of the priesthood we see the manifestation of the divine love with the passion and compassion of Jesus Christ. The sanctity and dignity of the priesthood are inseparable. The Vita Consacrata is a way of normalizing the dignity and holiness of priestly life concretely seen in obedience, chastity and poverty. Obedience in daily life is concretized in priestly and religious life in the pastoral activities. Priesthood is an extraordinary gift of God to the Church, humanity and the world in general. May we pray that our brother priests (LUIGI and JOHN) be constantly drawn close to the mercy of God in their daily priestly activities.
    At his first Mass, the homilist said that by the imposition of the hands and the prayer, Fr John received the command to share in the ministerial priesthood. The work of the priest is to be a slave or servant among the people of God. The gift of priesthood is a gift of sacrifice, in which the Sacrament of Reconciliation will continue to be incarnated in the work of Christ for all. Fr John, do not be afraid, for we are refilled mysteriously for the revolution therein in the work of God, for sanctification of the world, others and ourselves. In reality of priesthood from the Passionist lineage of St. Paul of the Cross, we ought to know that we are not just alone. Priesthood is not a personal vocation, but a gift to all the people of God.
    At his appreciation, REV FR JOHN CHUKWUMA OKAFOR (OF THE MOTHER OF GOD), sang a song “Ihe chi kwuru okwugo ya ihe kwuru ga eme, ihe chi dere odegoya ihe odere ga eme – Whatever God has said He has said, whatever God has written, He has written. He continue, Behold me Lord, I am happy to answer the call. Whoever God calls he accepts, I am not the first to be called nor will I be the last. I am following many and those following me a many too”. He thanked in a special way PROF MAURICE IWUH (the INEC chairman of Nigeria), who was present both at his ordination and first Holy Mass.
    Before the final blessing, the Superior General made it clear that the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ for priests, will be officially opened in Nigeria on 14th September 2010, by Rev Fr John Chukwuma Okafor being the first Igbo Nigerian priest of the Passionist Fathers, at ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH (IN THE MAKING) ODENAEZEALA-UMUKABIA OKIGWE DIOCESE, the home village of PROF MAURICE MADUAKOLAM IWUH. This new Parish will be managed by the Passionist Fathers including the School and Hospital there. This is under MADONNA PARISH UMUKABIA EHIME MBANO OKIGWE DIOCESE, with the Parish Priest as REV FR ONYEDIKACHI AGOAWIKE.
    As the Okigwe Diocese welcomes the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ Priests in the diocese, she also uses this opportunity to implore the blessings of God Almighty on all who has been of immense help for the realization of this Gospel proclamation through charity.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE), studying in Pontificia Università della Santa Croce Roma.

  43. CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE FOR THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF OUR BELOVED REV PROFESSOR JOSÉ MARÍA LA PORTE OF PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA, THIS DAY 2ND MARCH 2010

    It will be an oversight and as well uncharitable to you if we keep silent or just say a mere happy birthday.

    Yes, indeed as you are celebrating your “double score and two” age we cannot but say rejoice for indeed the Lord is so good to you all these years.

    The priestly and ordinary milestones you have covered are worth mentioning.

    The lives you have touched all over and across the globe, have been witnesses and testimonies of joy and progress in the spiritual, moral, academic and social world.

    Your sincere contribution to others is garnished with love and concern.
    You are really a brother priest who always preaches Christ through actions.
    You are really showering your expertise as you embrace your specialization in Social Institute of Communication with dedication.
    You have really emptied your self (Kenosis) by your sacerdotal life which very many people have experienced each moment they meet you and every place as well.

    Indeed, TO GOD BE THE GLORY WHO ENDOWED YOU WITH SUCH GIFT AND TALENT. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA

    A SINCERE 33º BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR BELOVED REV PROFESSOR ANTONIO PORRAS OF PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA, THIS DAY 8TH MARCH 2010

    How much time does it take to know a person?
    Ideas vary as people are many,
    Ideas come as people are different,
    Each person is entitled to his own opinion.

    As notions circulate,
    Behold they revolve in a personality,
    From different perspectives they come,
    Treating one being or person.

    What is that being?
    Who is that person?
    He is unique as an entity.
    A priest of God, Don Antonio Porras is his name.

    You a simple and humble priest,
    Brave in thoughts and ideas,
    You are friendly to all who comes to you,
    Like St. John of God whose memorial day 8th March, you were born.

    It is always good to remind ourselves of the lives of those whom we share their names,
    Many a time this helps us to model our own lives in such mood,
    The life of St. Anthony is full of lessons for us,
    His prophetic, moral and ascetic life is a model for us all, this we see in you.

    His prophetic life was brave and piercing to the hearts, these we observe in you,
    His moral life was monastic and simple; you also share this in your nature,
    His ascetic life was a climax of his spirituality,
    This you are experiencing in the work of sanctification.

    We the members of CRIS are happy celebrating with and for you; your birthday today.
    Congratulations and God bless you.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA

  44. HAPPY EASTER TO YOU MY BELOVED ONES BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Our Lord Jesus Christ came and died for us all. He is our SAVIOUR, LORD, MASTER, FATHER, BROTHER AND FRIEND too. His death was the supreme LOVE-GIFT to us all. He is not partial in showing LOVE to all. His FRIENDSHIP is not of a selected few or people of the same locality. His LOVE and FRIENDSHIP knows no bound, hence as Christians we are called to imitate him and identify with all, knowing fully well that we are not perfect, but we work towards that in all we do, trying to sanctify our work, studies, business and loneliness through LOVE and FRIENDSHIP for the final end. We also sanctify others and our individual selves, for we are the beloved of the FATHER.
    Therefore, let EASTER remind us all of these:

    E – EMBRACE the season with every amount of love and friendship with God in others.

    A – ALLOW others a chance to share in your life and your ingenuity, for it is LOVE-GIFT from God.

    S – SEARCH for sincere LOVE and FRIENSHIP.

    T – TOUCH positively all you may meet in life whether far or near, even through “casual-friendship”.

    E – EMANCIPATE yourself from myopic tendencies, for it is a threat against TRUE LOVE and FRIENDSHIP.

    R – REACH out to people with humility and respect, and try to show them EASTER even outside the season. God bless you. I love you. HAPPY EASTER 2010.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE),
    EASTER WEEK 2010 AT PARROCCHIA SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE SCORDIA- CATANIA DIOCESI DI CALTAGIRONE, SICILIA-ITALIA.

  45. HAPPY EASTER TO YOU MY BELOVED REGINA IBEKWE BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Our Lord Jesus Christ came and died for us all. He is our SAVIOUR, LORD, MASTER, FATHER, BROTHER AND FRIEND too. His death was the supreme LOVE-GIFT to us all. He is not partial in showing LOVE to all. His FRIENDSHIP is not of a selected few or people of the same locality. His LOVE and FRIENDSHIP knows no bound, hence as Christians we are called to imitate him and identify with all, knowing fully well that we are not perfect, but we work towards that in all we do, trying to sanctify our work, studies, business and loneliness through LOVE and FRIENDSHIP for the final end. We also sanctify others and our individual selves, for we are the beloved of the FATHER. Therefore, let EASTER remind us all of these:
    E – EMBRACE the season with every amount of love and friendship with God in others.
    A – ALLOW others a chance to share in your life and your ingenuity, for it is LOVE-GIFT from God.
    S – SEARCH for sincere LOVE and FRIENSHIP.
    T – TOUCH positively all you may meet in life whether far or near, even through “casual-friendship”.
    E – EMANCIPATE yourself from myopic tendencies, for it is a threat against TRUE LOVE and FRIENDSHIP.
    R – REACH out to people with humility and respect, and try to show them EASTER, even outside the season.
    Therefore, let your name remind you of this mystery of Anastasia (Resurrection):
    R – REJOICE and REMAIN in the Lord for He is risen alleluia.
    E – EXPRESS your joy always for God is good to you.
    G – GIVE to Christ that which is precious in and to you.
    I – IMITATE our Lady, who is REGINA CAELORUM ET TERRA.
    N – NO weapon fashioned against you will prosper.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    B – BE always conscious of your name (REGINA) for it rings bell to all ears that hears it.
    E – ENDURANCE is what can lead you to any height.
    K – KNOCK constantly to God for He is with you.
    W – WOMANHOOD is integrity, maintain it.
    E – ENTER every heart with meekness for it is a REGINAIC-VIRTUE.
    God bless you. Happy Easter 2010
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE),
    EASTER WEEK 2010 AT PARROCCHIA SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE SCORDIA- CATANIA DIOCESI DI CALTAGIRONE, SICILIA-ITALIA.
    MRS REGINA IBEKWE is originally of OGOJA DIOCESE, but presently of ENUGU DIOCESE because of marriage, we got to know each other in PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÀ DELLLA SANTA CROCE ROMA, where both us studied.

  46. APPRECIATING THE SACRIFICES OF OUR BELOVED PROFESSOR REV FR PHILIP GOYRET ON HIS BIRTHDAY 28TH MARCH 2010

    It is always good to appreciate the virtue in others, irrespective of who the person is and from where too.
    Any occasion suitable for that ought to be utilized to the highest point.
    At this golden jubilee and four birthday celebration of our dear Fr Philip, I wish to thank God especially for his journey so far to the work of sanctification.

    Looking at his sacrifices so far to humanity, we cannot but relate what we have been able to learn from his life.
    His journey started with his coming into the world on the 28th March, when the Church was celebrating the memorials of ST. GUNTRAMNUS and ST. TUTILO.
    At baptism his parents gave him the name PHILIP.
    These personalities that are connected with his birth and his name as we have observed, have one thing or another to be identified in his life up till now.

    With relation to ST. GUNTRAMNUS of the 6th century, who supported the three synods of the Church that sought to improve the clerical discipline, Fr Philip through your spiritual-bank talent, you have been wholly involved in the on-going spiritual and moral discipline of clerics and seminarians.
    With ST. TUTILO of the 10th century, who was head of a Benedictine Monastic school, an outstanding orator, author of poems, architect, metalworker, proficient musician and painter; Fr Philip through your ingenuity in engineering you have served the society, you are an outstanding orator, a prolific writer, an excellent teacher both in the Church and in the lecture room, and you have been in charge of many offices in and outside Pontificia Università della Santa Croce Roma, up till now.
    With ST. PHILIP of the 1st century, who was the disciple of ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST and later an Apostle of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, Fr Philip, you are also an apostle of Christ under the Prelature of Opus Dei.
    With ST. PHILIP BENIZI of the 13th century, who studied medicine and philosophy, began practicing at Florence and later joined the Servites at Monte Senario; he became known for his preaching and served as Novice master and superior also; Fr Philip, you are known for your preaching and you are also Spiritual Director to priests and others.
    With ST. PHILIP NERI of the 16th century, who began preaching on the streets and in the market to Romans whose religious practices were lukewarm and were frequently neglected by then; Fr Philip through your preaching in CRIS, you are another Philip Neri of our epoch.
    The litany is unending, but we want to use this medium to say that we are happy with and for you at your 54th birthday celebration. Happy birthday, for God loves you.

    FROM, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (OKIGWE DIOCESE, NIGERIA)

  47. OUR LADY OF FATIMA BEHOLD YOUR SON’S PRIEST REV FR DR CYPRIAN UCHECHUKWU OKORONKWO (RECTOR ST. CHARLES BORROMEO SPIRITUAL SEMINARY EHIME-OKIGWE DOICESE)
    The Priest in the Seminary: Professor, Teacher or Formator? BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    “Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”. We are called to perfection after the mind of Christ as priests, every other thing is secondary. This perfection takes its root from the primary actions of which a priest is known for. The perfection of every priest posted in the seminary revolves round his voluntary and original freedom of response of “YES, I AM PRESENT, READY AND WILLING” – the solemn ordination response. This is summarized in sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life. Therefore, every priest should see his presence in the seminary as a delicate and special “Mission in Mission or Apostolate in Apostolate”. The seminary, as the heart of the Church, needs a continuous and unending spirit of sacrifice among those called to serve as priests therein. They are not just “Priest-Professors” as a social title or rank but “Priest-Servants or Abadim”, who in serving teaches by their exemplary lives which “priests-in-the-making”, ought to emulate and imbibe, putting in practice themselves what they learnt from the formators, as fellow co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard.
    If the primary motive of any priest, who is sent to the seminary to serve, is to be identified as “Professor”, the goal is already defected; he is not better than the biblical Pharisee who was trumpeting his “achievements” and culminating the Publican. The mischievous intention comes into act and play as he continues to stay in the seminary. Oh what a treacherous presence in Christ’s Church.
    What is my primary intention of being a priest and of what help can I render to the Church with the opportunity I had in life and with my talents too? With the Church’s old adage “Sit transient mundi”, I ought to be aware that my excellence if any at all should be in a continuous struggle towards perfection. Seeking God’s presence ought to be concretely “sui generis” and with spontaneous act in the most common things we do daily. Therefore, as “Priests-Abadim” we ought to paddle our boat with Christ (SACRIFICE), on Christ (OBEDIENCE) and in Christ (HOLINESS OF LIFE), for anything outside of Christ is principally and intentionally selfish of us. The life of service to others proclaims loudly the loving reign of Christ as King. This service is done in the most human ordinary way that justice may be observed by all. The unconditional love which ought to spring up from our hearts when performing our daily priestly activities each moment brings down the reality of Christ’s Sovereignty on earth and the sanctification of work, self and others. If we neglect Christ as our Divine pilot and guide, we perish in “Spiritual Tsunami, shipwreck and earthquake”. Hence, Christ demands from us constancy of happy voluntary act of personal freedom which is a gateway to truthful life. If this is true of every person, it implies that I am also in an ongoing and constant formation, re-orientation and reformation even as a priest-teacher or a formator. AD MAYOREM DEI GLORIAM.

    Oh God forgive my pride, insensitivities, irresponsibility, and mistakes which I have ever made before seminarians in the course of my service in the seminary consciously or unconsciously, for through such acts I might have caused scandals and lost of vocation to the eternal priesthood of Christ. Oh Mother Mary, intercede for me that I may constantly understand my position is that of service as alter Christus and ipse Christus.
    Oh Mother Mary continue to cover your Son’s priests who are experiencing any form of hardship be spiritual, material, man-made or otherwise in the seminary with your maternal care always. Amen.

    This reflection was written by Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor immediately after a chat on phone with REV FR DR CYPRIAN UCHECHUKWU OKORONKWO on Friday July 9, 2010 while on summer holidays at OPERA MADONNINA DEL GRAPPA, CENTRO DI SPIRITUALITÁ PADRE ENRICO MAURI, SESTRI LEVANTE DIOCESI DI CHIAVARI (GENOVA)

  48. “ECCE NATURA FULGORIBUS” MEDITAZIONE DI DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Su questo clemente ed ancora mattina esposto al sole di mercoledì il 14 luglio 2010 (la memoria di San Camillo de Lellis) nel mezzo di sereno, tranquillo e calma natura con fiori, arbusti ed alberi nel giardino di Santuario Opera Madonnina del Grappa accanto alla sua Chiesa, Tempio di Cristo Re Sestri Levante Diocesi di Chiavari [Genoa-ITALIA], io pondero sui misteri e regali misteriosi di Dio a noi Suoi creature.
    O Dio come grande è la Sua natura, come immenso è la Sua bontà e come incomprensibile il Suo mistero. Il “Natura fulgoribus” venne il mio mente come eccellente è Egli O Dio a noi attraverso umanità e persone noi possiamo o ci saremmo incontrati nella vita. Io chiedo il perdono O Cristo Re per mio egoista e mancanza dell’apprezzamento del Suo regalo divino di natura ed i talenti di altri. Per queste le mie insensibilità e mio irresponsabilità, mi Perdoni.
    Come il fischiare e melodie armoniose di uccelli brividi nel mio “medulla oblongata”, il cervello attraverso i neuroni motore segnala a me l’assioma di Sant’Agostino “Bene cantare bis orat.” Grazie Dio per il meraviglioso, eccellente e straordinario voce musicale e di proclamazione che Egli ha dato ad uomini, per i lodi ed acclami la Sua Maestà Divina e crescere nella vita santità quotidiano.
    La storia di salvezza ha così anche effettivamente, un giorno di memoria cosi ogni creatura umana participa in questa storia che celebra il suo o la sua compleanno o alcuna commemorazione. Perciò, in questo fatto prospettiva:

    A Lei IRENE BATTISTUTA (di CASE-MANZANO UDINE – ITALIA), su questa memoria di San Bonaventura il 15 luglio 2010 la Sua compleanno, io desidero riflettere con Lei le parole di San Bonaventura:
    1) Cristo è la via. Cristo è la porta: Mediti in primi dieci anni del Sua compleanno sul regalo speciale dal Dio dello splendore, l’intelligenza, la saggezza, la bellezza, vergine angelica, genitori meravigliosi e sorella, ecc; e la necessità di essere via e la porta di Cristo a tutti.

    2) Da Cristo noi montiamo, Da Cristo noi siamo nati: Nel Sua 20 compleanno faceva il molto monte a Cristo attraverso Lei e quanti è stato nato in Cristo in quello che Lei è, una signora ed un insegnante?

    3) Cristo il mistero ignoto di tutte le secoli è: Su questo la Sua 30 compleanno oggi il 15 luglio 2010 quanti persone pensa ed augura anche quello continuerà a vedere ed apprezzare il mistero ignoto di Cristo da tutte le secoli dalla Sua personalità e natura?

    Congratulazioni carissima e Buon Compleanno!!!

  49. “ECCE NATURA FULGORIBUS” MEDITATION BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    On this clement and yet sunny morning of Wednesday July 14, 2010 (Memorial of St. Camillus of Lellis) in the midst of serene, quiet and calm nature with flowers, shrubs and trees in the garden of Santuario Opera Madonnina del Grappa beside its Church, Tempio di Cristo Re Sestri Levante Diocesi di Chiavari [Genova-ITALIA], I ponder over the mysteries and mysterious gifts of God to us mere creatures.
    Oh God how great is your nature, how immense is your goodness and how incomprehensible your mystery. The “Natura fulgoribus” came to my mind on how excellent you are Oh God to us through humanity and persons we may or might have met in life. I ask for pardon Oh Christ the King for my selfish and lack of appreciation of your divine gift of nature and talents of others. For these my insensitivities and irresponsibility, Pardon me.
    As the whistling and harmonious melodies of birds thrills into my medulla oblongata, the cerebral hemisphere through the motor neurons signals to me Saint Augustine’s axiom of “Bene cantare bis orat”. Thank you Lord for the wonderful, excellent and extraordinary musical and proclamation voice you have given to men, to ceaselessly praise and acclaim your Divine Majesty and to grow in life of holiness daily.
    Indeed, the salvation history has a memorial day so also every human who shares in this history celebrates his or her birthday or any commemoration. Therefore, in view of this fact:

    To you REV FR MWANGU NDUGWA SAVERINUS (of ARCHDIOCESE OF MBARARA UGANDA), on this memorial of Saint Bonaventure July 15, 2010 and your birthday, I wish to reflect with you the words of Saint Bonaventure:
    1) Christ is the way. Christ is the door: Meditate on your essence as an “Obed Yahweh” on your first 10th birthday and the necessity of being the way and the door of Christ to all.

    2) By Christ we mount, By Christ we are born: On your 20th birthday did many mounted to Christ through you and how many have been born in Christ in what you are?

    3) Christ is the hidden mystery of all ages: At your 30th birthday how many saw and appreciated the hidden mystery of Christ from all ages?

    4) With Christ on the cross let us pass-over out of this world to the Father: On your 40th birthday have you truly accepted and appreciated the cross of Christ and how many people do you think have pass-over out of this world to the Father meditating upon your simplicity and holiness of life?
    i) No one receives it but he who has desired it: On this extra age added to 40, beloved FR MWANGU NDUWGA SAVERINUS, let the world know that you are not just “Alter Christus” but ipso facto “ Ipse Christus”.
    Congratulations and Happy birthday!!!

    To you IRENE BATTISTUTA (of CASE-MANZANO UDINE- ITALIA), on this memorial of Saint Bonaventure July 15, 2010 and your birthday, I wish to reflect with you the words of Saint Bonaventure:
    1) Christ is the way. Christ is the door: Meditate on first ten years of your birthday on God’s special gift of brilliance, intelligence, wisdom, beauty, angelic virgin, wonderful parents and sister, etc; and the necessity of being the way and the door of Christ to all. 2) By Christ we mount, By Christ we are born: On your 20th birthday did many mount to Christ through you and how many have been born in Christ in what you are, a lady and a teacher?

    3) Christ is the hidden mystery of all ages: On this your 30th birthday today July 15, 2010 how many people do you think and wish also that will continue to see and appreciate the hidden mystery of Christ from all ages from your personality and nature?
    Congratulations and Happy birthday!!!

  50. “Mr PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    I want to ask you , are you married? Why is your pope not married? And why such exodus of priests from the priesthood? And what`s the basis of your celibacy and poverty?

    “he that findeth a wife findeth a good thing and will receive favour from God.
    And a bishop according to the word of God must be a husband of one wife”

  51. THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF REV FR SAVERINUS MWANGA NDUGWA OF MBARARA ARCHDIOCESE UGANDA, TODAY MONDAY 26 JULY 2010 (26 TH JULY 1997 – 2010) BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    The mystery surrounded by the priesthood of Christ is such that we ought to be constantly thanking God for choosing mere creature to be “HIS-SAME-SELF”. We ponder and meditate upon the power of absolution of sins, so great a mystery which is same with the power of creation, for in this mystery Christ the Priest re-creates, renews, re-born and make present SIMILACURUM DEI into an excellent and most pure form of humans. This privileged human enjoys being in a state worthy to commune and stay with his creator in the SANCTISSIMUM SACRAMENTUM celebrated yet by his “transfigured creature”, the priest. The power in and of the Word makes visible the “Invisible” in a very concrete form full of divine and celestial aroma.
    With these thirteen words S.S JOACHIM & ANNE, on whose memorial date you were ordained to the Catholic Sacred priesthood, let us thank God and pray for his continuous blessings and pardon of our sins within these 13 years of service.
    S – SANCTIFY all with what you are and what you have daily.
    J – JESUS is the author of every good, be always available, docile and good INSTRUMENTUM LABORES.
    O – ORDINARINESS in your life ought to be an igniting love of progress.
    A – ACCEPT your mistakes with love when others talk about them and move towards perfection.
    C – COMMUNICATE to all, Him who called you, with your whole personality.
    H – HOLINESS of life is a sine qua non.
    I – IMITATION and IDENTIFICATION of and with Christ ought to preoccupy you always.
    M – MARY is the Mother of Priests; never overlook her maternal care always.
    S – SACRIFICE of life and time to Christ in never regretted in the priestly life.
    A – AMISDT in the world never you defile yourself.
    N – NOTHING should come between you and He who made you his priest.
    N – NATURE should not be taken for granted because you are a priest; fight against all negative inclinations in you.
    E – EMPTY yourself always (Kenosis) for this is a sure way of drawing very many to Christ.
    Wishing you a happy 13th anniversary of your priestly ordination from 27th July 1997 – 2010

  52. ikechukwu ogujioffor to valeria.demich.
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    This is my sincere thanks for your excellent company in Sestri Levante, from your name: VALERIA DE MICHELI
    V – VALUE your personality always.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    L – LOOK after your husband well.
    E – EXCELLENCE ought to be your watchword always.
    R – REST well but remember to pray always.
    I – IMITATE the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    A – ACCEPT people in their imperfection.
    D – DO all things for the love of God.
    E – EMULATE your patron saint.
    M – MAINTAIN your good name always.
    I – INSIST in doing good always.
    C – CARRY along your integrity well all the time.
    H – HOLINESS of life is necessary for you at all times.
    E – EXTRAORDINARINESS in things excellent is good in ordinary life.
    L – LEAVE out things that are so disturbing to you in life.
    I – INSPIRATION is necessaery in life in whatever yu are doing.
    Grazie. Ciao. Don Paul.

  53. RESPONSE TO MR HOWARD QUESTIONS TO ME ON JULY 26, 2010 IN THE WEBSITE BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    Thank you so much MR HOWARD, for your questions. Please I wish to know your religion? I presume that you have read most of my write-ups here in the web, if so you will observe that I am a Catholic priest and will remain so till death by the grace of God and my personal struggle towards perfection in spiritual, moral and daily life activities which is a continuous struggle, for all (priests, religious men and women, ordinary celibates, married people, boys and girls) are called to sanctity of life daily in our vocations, professions and works and businesses.
    1) Howard asked: I want to ask you, are you married?
    NO, I am not and will never, because I am a Catholic priest.
    2) Howard asked: Why is your Pope not married?
    Following the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, with his apostles in Matt.19:10-12, the advice of Saint Paul about marriage and virginity in 1Cor.7:7-8.20-25.35 and the Teachings and Tradition of the Church, Catholic priests do not marry.
    From the biblical references (Sirach 26:1-4 and 1Tim.3) you indeed made good observations, but the basis of our celibacy is rooted on Christ’s words in Matt.19:12 “Let him who is able to take, take it”. The issue of poverty in the priesthood is based simply on “Detachment” for we are in the world and not of the world. Any act contrary to the spirit of detachment is so personal and ought to be re-orientated towards Christ and his Church.
    THE ETERNAL PRIESTHOOD OF CHRIST
    The priesthood of Christ is that of total surrender in sacrifices, obedience and holiness of life; which helps us to draw near God and grow in perfection when we conscientiously and consciously follow the divine mandate. The problem is not on celibacy but on the sacrifice attached to it by Christ, that is, Chastity hence He said: “Let him who is able to take, take it”. It is not just something very easy; hence it demands constant and prayerful practice of abstinence. This involves a lot of constant sacrifices, asceticism and contemplative Oratio by every priest. Ipso facto, the grace of God ought to be found in our human nature which is obtainable from our ceaseless mortification of the whole person (mind, soul and body) and prayer as Christ commended us “To pray without ceasing” Lk.18:1 and “Watch and pray that you may not enter (fall) into temptation for the spirit is ready and the body is weak” Mk.14:38.
    We pray to Our Mother Mary, Our Lady of the Apostles to intercede for us in our apostolate as priests and to constantly cover us with her maternal purity always.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE), responded to the questions of MR HOWARD, while on summer holidays JULY 2010 at SANTUARIO OPERA MADONNINA DEL GRAPPA SESTRI LEVANTE (DIOCESI DI CHIAVARI) PROVINCIA DI GENOVA.

  54. 16TH PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY OF REV FR CHARLES NYARWA LIGHT ABOOKI OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE FORT-PORTAL UGANDA ON THE FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, AUGUST 6, 2010

    The Mystery of Divine Manifestation or Epiphany is concrete in the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This Mystery of Transfiguration is concrete in the sacerdotal ordination which is manifested ontologically in the candidate at ordination of Catholic Sacred Priesthood. Christ as the Eternal High Priest, through the apostolic succession given to the Bishops, changes, transforms and transfigures man ontologically into a priest (Spiritual-Moral-Bridge between God and man). This is exactly what you (Rev Charles) experienced on the Solemnity of Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ on August 6, 1994 at CHRIST THE KING PARISH KITUMBI through your then Bishop, Most Rev Dr KALANDA PAUL AKIIKI.
    The family of MR FRANCIS XAVIER NYARWEGENDAHO AKIIKI and MRS NYARWA JANE ROSE MASIKO AKIIKI of KITARASA FORT-PORTAL in UGANDA, remembering their promise to God on January 15, 1965 when Charles was born, were highly grateful that in the family of a School teacher, God has chosen a teacher of Faith, Moral and Spiritual things in the person of their son REV FR CHARLES, Oh what a great privilege God has bestowed on this family..
    Indeed, years passes like a twinkle of an eye. Meditate on the aura of your “ontological-transfigured-personality” as a priest which you experienced sixteen (16) years ago. It seemed like a dream when the Lord delivered his Lord from bondage the Psalmist says. To you what does the priesthood seem like especially now that you are into the vineyard for 16 years? Does it still seem a Mystery and Transfiguration before you? Are you so familiar with the Eternal High Priest that the mystery of the priesthood is meaningless or common to you? The solemn promises you made before Christ, represented by the Bishop and the Christ’s faithful, how far have you gone with them within these 16 years in the service of the Lord? Do you still have the transfer of obedience which you promised the then Bishop to your present Bishop, Most Rev Dr ROBERT K. MUHIIRWA AKIIKI? Do you still remind yourself that you an ALTER CHRISTUS acting IN PERSONA CHRISTI and at the same time you are an IPSE CHRISTUS, who celebrates the TRINITARIAN LOVE daily in the sacraments? Therefore, always remember that solemn ordination exhortation: BELIEVE WHAT YOU TEACH, PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH AND IMITATE THE MYSTERY YOU CELEBRATE. Ipso facto, we wish to remind you that your whole life ought to be that of SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS OF LIFE, which is a form of IDENTIFICATION AND IMITATION OF CHRIST, THE ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST.
    The mystery surrounded by the priesthood of Christ is such that we ought to be constantly thanking God for choosing mere creature to be “HIS-SAME-SELF”. We ponder and meditate upon the power of absolution of sins, so great a mystery which is same with the power of creation, for in this mystery Christ the Priest re-creates, renews, re-born and make present SIMILACURUM DEI into an excellent and most pure form of humans. This privileged human enjoys being in a state worthy to commune and stay with his creator in the SANCTISSIMUM SACRAMENTUM celebrated yet by his “transfigured creature”, the priest. The power in and of the Word makes visible the “Invisible” in a very concrete form full of divine and celestial aroma.
    The FEAST OF TRANSFIGURATION vis-à-vis your priestly ordination ought to be seen in your daily life clearly from the word TRANSFIGURATION thus:
    T – TRANSFORM all who come to you by what you are for Christ.
    R – RESIST any form of unworthy inclination contrary to the Priesthood of Christ.
    A – ADMIT your mistakes humbly even when they are made public.
    N – NOTHING whatsoever should put off your mind from showing and giving people Christ all the time.
    S – SANCTITY is the key to successful priestly ministry.
    F – FORTIFY yourself always with constant union with God in your prayer life.
    I – IDENTIFICATION with Christ is a sine qua non.
    G – GOD ought to be projected in your service to humanity and not you as a person.
    U – UNION with your Bishop and the Church is tantamount to humility to God.
    R – REMAINING chaste all the time is a true celibate life.
    A – ACCEPT the things you cannot change in life.
    T – TEACH always with your life.
    I – IMITATE your patron saint, it is also a way to IMITATE Christ.
    O – OBEDIENCE to your Bishop at all time.
    N – NO to sin always.
    Therefore, looking back these sixteen years in the Lord’s vineyard, we wish to say congratulations and at the same time remind you of your endeavours to Christ’s faithful in these areas:
    1) KAHUNGE PARISH September 1994 – December 1994, as Curate how was your ministry in your first year as a priest?
    2) KAMWENGE PARISH January 1995 – January 1996, as Curate how did you exhibits your obedience and loyalty to the Bishop and his successors?
    3) BUKWALI PARISH February 1996 – August 1998, as Parish Priest, did you still remember the good things you wished to do excellently whenever you are made the Parish Priest and were faithful to them?
    4) YERYA SISTERS’ NOVICIATE August 1998 – October 2004, as Chaplain, can you imagine how many vocations you fostered by your sanctity of life or in the contrary how many that left the religious life because of you?
    5) MABIRA PARISH October 2004 – August 2009, as Parish Priest, at this point do you still have the strong desire to work for the people of God irrespective of their ingratitude or were you insensitive to their flight and was only interested in your self?
    6) ROME FOR STUDIES August 2009 till date? How has the change from Pastoral environment to Academic environment edified and brings in an increase or growth in your priestly life outside your diocese and country too? What are you thinking regarding the orientation and ongoing formation you are accumulating academically and otherwise, more importantly in your Specialization Course of Spiritual Theology in the enviable PONTIFICIA UNIVERSITÁ DELLA SANTA CROCE ROMA?
    Congratulations Rev Fr Charles Nyarwa Light Abooki. Tui est sacerdos in aeternem secundum ordinem Melchizedek.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA) while on 2010 summer holidays at SANTUARIO MADONNA DI CANNETO SETTE FRATI DIOCESI DI SORA-AQUINO PONTECORVO ITALIA

  55. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 6TH ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY, VALERIA DE MICHELI AND MAURIZIO GIURI TODAY 19 AUGUST 2010 BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Marriage is a covenant, hence ought to be kept and seen as such. If we believe it is a covenant then it demands love and sacrifice from both the wife and husband, for no third party is ever needed for the execution of solemn promise made before the people of God in the Church by both of you on 19 August 2004.
    Indeed this is a real and sincere concrete act of love, hence an appreciation of marriage dignity. Be aware that the slogan: “Variety is the spice of life” has no foundation in real and concrete marriage life.
    Marriage is all about sacrificial love and covenant,
    Manifested in the consent when each person said,
    “In good health and in sickness, in riches and in poverty, I will love you till death do us part”,
    Any thing less than that is concubinage and immoral living outside the marriage wedlock.
    Sincerity is the key to openness,
    Openness is a short cut to appreciation in marriage,
    Appreciation is an expression codified in acceptance of each persons imperfections,
    Acceptance is the “foot-mat” towards expression of genuine marital love.
    In concreteness there is full of relationship,
    Relationship is the manifestation of feelings,
    Feelings are marital reaction that helps each to grow,
    This growth finds fulfillment in the promise at the exchange of consent.
    Love is that which we cannot be tired of given,
    Progress of marital concern cannot be devoid of charity,
    Charity makes way to concreteness,
    And Concreteness cannot be hidden in marriage.
    Therefore both of you (VALERIA DE MICHELI and MAURIZIO GIURI) as you are celebrating your 6th matrimonial anniversary today August 19, 2010, the word MARRIAGE reminds both of you these things:
    M – MARRIAGE is a covenant keep to it.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    R – RESPECT is a must to be shown to each other.
    R – REASONING together for the smooth going of the family is an obligation.
    I – IMITATE the Holy Family (JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH) in the Bible and INSIST on good moral behaviours of your children when they come.
    A – ACCEPT each person’s imperfection and ADD his or her virtues to yours.
    G – GIVE no third party a chance in your marriage.
    E – ENCOURAGING each other ought to be daily duty.

  56. RESPONSE TO CRY FOR HELP OF A SEMINARIAN BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR ON WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY 2010

    Wednesday: 12th May 12, 2010: 1: 11am
    Hello Dear,
    How are you battling with your exams, I hope all is well over there? Everybody is fine; just remember us in your prayers.
    It is very penitent to say that experiencing this world full of miseries, struggles, enemies, worst still sin. Can one still be a priest and be a man? The joys and sorrows of priesthood are what border me most. What is the meaning of life without happiness? Where can that happiness be found excluding “God”. My identity is so much important that even what I do with it seen or unseen, still that wonderful voice still speaks to me O BOY WHAT ARE YOU DOING? What is the essence of all my philosophical and theological studies that only a sixteen year old girl can pull me down, what a shame? People who cluster around you in the name of love and they mess you up and go away. Their demands are always contrary to your identity even in the mist of their wonderful promises. WHAT A CONTRADICTION? This call lies in the consciousness of my identity but how can we live this life of priesthood without the world? The glories of this world are so wonderful, interesting, and enjoyable. How can one enjoy them and still be in communion with his God? Considering the fact that life is too short to waste it and too long to bear its misuse. Just consider these questions and many which will come later. Make effort to reply this mail as soon as possible.

    RESPONSE:
    I will not leave YOU as an orphan in my vineyard, Christ the Eternal Priest is telling you, inasmuch as you put on your sincere best without fear or favour. Let your daily endeavours gear towards the Parousia (Divine Presence). Please spend at least quarter an hour before the Sanctissimum and tell him what you think of your personal response to your questions, but make sure that you listen to him too. Christ knew that we are weak yet he called us and so you are not excluded.
    The dignity of a human person is a supernatural gift. In humans when the egg and sperm mixes they form human being, but the INTEGRITY of a person is rather from God. Animals reproduce but do not produce INTEGRITY, therefore your vocation is a gift of integrity which of course you ought to maintain as a person. NOTHING (eternal forces: family, psychosomatic, friends, worries-intra or extra) should be a barrier between your VOCATION and the GIVER OF THIS GIFT. Be aware that the dignity of the work does not depend on the work, rather from the spirituality of the person who does the work, because work is done by the birth of LOVE, and Christ is that love, hence as priests and seminarians we are not just ALTER CHRISTUS or working IN PERSONA CHRISTI, but we are properly IPSE CHRISTUS. Ipso facto, going back to the temptation narrative of the synoptic, we owe Christ a lot, hence CAREFULNESS in relationship with people is highly commendable, but not without total trust in God and confidence in OUR BLESSED MOTHER MARY. The Psalmist, related to us of: THE MAJESTY OF GOD and THE DIGNITY OF MAN in Ps. 8, in every situation God takes care of us, that is why the Psalmist said: “Quid est homo, quod memor es eius, aut filius hominis quoniam visitas eum? Minuisti eum paulo minus ab angelis gloria et honore coronasti eum et constituisti eum super opera manuum tuarum, omnium subiecisti sub pedibus eius. – What is man that you should keep him in mind, mortal man that you care for him? Yet you made him little less than a god; with glory and honour you crowned him gave him power over the works of your hand, put all things under his feet” (4-6).

  57. THE LIFE OF SEMINARIANHOOD VIS-A-VIS THE 2010 APOSTOLIC WORK IN OKIGWE DIOCESE BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    The year of the priest have come and gone. Many things have been written, said and done in relationship to us priests and seminarians from June 2009 – June 2010. You as a seminarian have culminated yours by the just concluded apostolic work and behold you are back to our home, St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe for this 2010 reunion, for spiritual, moral and academic stock takings.
    The fact is simple and clear that the priestly life is not different from life as a seminarian. The only slight difference is that the power of re-birth, of renewal, of re-creation, of forgiveness, of consecration is bestowed on each person on the ordination day which is yet to come, for a seminarian. Ipso facto, the life of a seminarian is characterized by life With Christ (Sacrifice), For Christ (Obedience) and In Christ (Holiness of life).
    Therefore, reflecting on our life as seminarians within this year which each of us have culminated in our areas and localities of apostolic work just ended, may we sincerely ask ourselves individually and personally, how have I done this apostolic work in relationship with my supposed life as a seminarian?
    i) With Christ (Sacrifice) – What exactly do I think of the priesthood? What was my initial conception of the priestly life before entering the seminary or in my early years in the seminary? As I receive my formation daily and as years pass by, do I still uphold my initial conception and respect regarding things that I ought not to busy myself with? Am I so preoccupied with the glories of the priesthood forgetting the sacrifices which I ought to carry along with me? Detachment is the key and bedrock of life of sacrifice in the priesthood. How far have I gone in this detachment, regarding the things I desire or unchristian or un-priestly ambitions waiting to be materialized or actualized immediately after ordination?
    ii) For Christ (Obedience) – Obedience without love of God (Agape) is empty; it lacks sacrifice and indeed cannot attain to holiness, therefore this act is hypocrisy and self deceit. A calculated and an apparent obedience to win favour from the Superiors as to destroy the image of a fellow seminarian is a spiritual cum moral retroactive delinquency with a biblical woe that comes later, if not immediate with shameful thoughts and stories. Am I in the habit of obeying for an ulterior motive? Sacrificial obedience is ever sincere and good. It does not listen to gossips or discouraging words, therefore if I am doing something good through obedience I ought to continue, not to be discouraged by anybody, even when the discouragement comes from a formator, superior, auxiliaries, friends, or fellow seminarians.
    iii) In Christ (Holiness of life) – Sanctity demands sacrifices and obedience to be profitable to us. Personal asceticism, abstinence or struggle is a sine qua non to fight against the concupiscence of the flesh and of the eyes (cfr.1Jn.2:16). Do I see any woman or girl that comes to me as a sex object, taking advantage of her weak nature or do I accept her offer of virginity because she is excited with whatever I say or do or because I am a seminarian? Can’t I re-direct her emotional affection into Agape by my power of speech, intelligence and handsomeness which God has bestowed on me? Celibacy is of no use, nothing or unprofitable without Purity or Chastity. Therefore, it rests on me to use the opportunity and will power given to me by God to remain chaste and never sin against God (cfr. Sirach 15:11-20). Let us be aware and conscious that sin begets and generates sin always and the litany of sin continues ad infinitum.
    Therefore, beloved brother priests-in-the-making, let each of us sincerely give himself percentage of how involved he is With Christ, For Christ and In Christ this year 2010 as we have just concluded the apostolic work and are in reunion. God loves you.

    In union with prayer and priestly life With Christ, For Christ and In Christ,
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    Summer holidays September 2010 at Parrocchia di San Martino Riccione Diocesi di Rimini – Italia

  58. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE CELEBRATION OF YOUR SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY, TREVOR JOHN STOKES AND AIMEE MARIA DALESSANDRO TODAY MONDAY AUGUST 9, 2010 AT SAN GERARDO CONFESSORE GALLINARO DIOCESI DI SORA-AQUINO PONTECORVO ITALIA BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE)

    Marriage is a covenant, hence ought to be kept and seen as such. If we believe it is a covenant then it demands love and sacrifice from both the husband and the wife, for no third party is needed for the execution of solemn promise made before the people of God in the Church by both of you (TREVOR JOHN and AIMEE MARIA) on this day Monday August 9, 2010, because whatever God has joined nobody should put asunder (Mk.10:9).
    Indeed this is a real and sincere concrete act of love, hence an appreciation of marriage dignity. Be aware that the slogan: “Variety is the spice of life” has no foundation in real and concrete conjugal love in marriage life. This is because it is a Sacrament of Love, the Mystery and Covenant of infinite togetherness; not a contract of love.
    Marriage is all about sacrificial love and covenant,
    Manifested in the consent when each couple says,
    “In good health and in sickness, in riches and in poverty, I will love you till death do us part”,
    Therefore any thing outside of this sacrificial love and covenant is bigamy, concubinage, adultery, promiscuity, moral licentiousness or immoral living within the marriage wedlock.
    Therefore, sincerity is the key to openness,
    Openness is a short cut to appreciation in marriage,
    Appreciation is an expression codified in acceptance of each persons imperfections,
    Acceptance is the foot-match towards expression of genuine marital love.
    In concreteness there is full of relationship,
    Relationship is the manifestation of feelings,
    Feelings in marital reactions help each couple to grow,
    Hence, this growth finds fulfillment in the promise at the exchange of consent.
    Love is that which we cannot be tired of given,
    Progress of marital concern cannot be devoid of charity,
    Charity makes way to concreteness,
    Therefore concreteness cannot be hidden in marriage.
    Hence both of you (TREVOR JOHN and AIMEE MARIA) as you are celebrating your Sacrament of Matrimony today Monday August 9, 2010 the feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) of the Cross, always be aware that the word MARRIAGE uniquely reminds both of you as one body these things:
    M – MARRIAGE is a covenant keep to it.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    R – RESPECT is a must to be shown to each other.
    R – REASONING together for the smooth going of the family is an obligation.
    I – IMITATE the Holy Family (JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH) in the Bible and INSIST on good moral behaviours of your children when they come.
    A – ACCEPT each person’s imperfection and ADD his or her virtues to yours.
    G – GIVE no third party a chance in your marriage, so that what God has joined nobody should put asunder.
    E – ENCOURAGING each other ought to be a daily duty.

    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR (OKIGWE DIOCESE NIGERIA) while on 2010 summer holidays at SANTUARIO MADONNA DI CANNETO SETTE FRATI (FR) DIOCESI DI SORA-AQUINO PONTECORVO ITALIA

  59. CONGRATULATIONS REV FR MARK JOHNVIANNEY EBERECHUKWU OKORO ON YOUR 4TH PRIESTLY ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY TODAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
    Behold how time flies and passes like a gentle breeze in the Lord’s vineyard. On Saturday September 9, 2006 was your priestly ordination at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Okigwe. It was from October 2006 that you started your priestly apostolate with the postings you have received since then.
    i) St. Michael’s Parish Ugirinna – as a curate (assistant Parish Priest) under Rev Fr Patrick Ugwaka.
    ii) Oka-Ugiri Parish in Building – as the Parish Builder, but lived at St. Ita’s Parish Ibeme with Rev Fr Magnus Anokwuru who was the PP of Ibeme by then. At Oka-Ugiri you really and concretely started your spiritual battle with principalities, visible and invisible powers of the underworld in most physical form. Ad Mayorem Dei Gloriam, through the Power of God in the Sanctissimum Sacramentum which is your Vademecum and by your personal struggle and asceticism, you are moving on. Be aware that the priestly life is a continuous struggle towards being with God and a fight against visible and invisible powers, hence let 1 Pet.5:8-9, be your consolation.
    iii) St. Peter’s Seminary – as a formator and Chaplain of St. Mary’s Chaplaincy Ndinjoku/Ndiakaeme Arondizuogu.
    iv) St. John’s Parish in Building Ikpatu Arondizuogu and St Mary’s Ndinjoku/Ndiakaeme Arondizuogu Chaplaincy – as Parish Builder and Chaplain respectively.
    Within these four years in the priesthood, which seem like a few years but full of experiences and testimonies, you ought to be in full and faithful thanksgiving to God for He is in constant protection of your life despite your imperfections and mistakes.
    At this point, contemplate on how God saved your life twice in car accident, a sure and concrete means of his love to you. Therefore, to whom much is given, much is expected of him. You can also sing with the Psalmist: How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me? The Chalice of salvation I will raise and call on the Lord’s name (Ps.116:12-13). Ipso facto, from your name MARK:
    M – MAGNIFICENT in holiness is expected of you.
    A – ALTITUDE in spirituality ought to be of zenith point.
    R – RECTITUDE in morality ought to be exemplary.
    K- KNOWLEGDE of God ought to be observed once people see you.
    As you already know that the priestly life ought to be that of Sacrifice (With Christ), Obedience (For Christ) and Holiness of Life (In Christ). We humbly wish to remind you to contemplate sincerely on this concrete and visible gift of Divine-human-ontological-transfiguration vis-à-vis your dedication in the love With Christ, For Christ and In Christ.
    What percentage can you give to yourself in the practice of your promises and covenant with God regarding:
    i) With Christ (Sacrifice) – What extent of Kenosis (self emptying) have you done in your apostolate within these four years?
    ii) For Christ (Obedience) – Have you consciously and deliberately disobeyed Christ in things demanded of you in your mission?
    iii) In Christ (Holiness of life) – Celibacy is empty, useless, nothing and unprofitable without Purity or Chastity. Within these four years have you consciously and conscientiously been in practice or upholding of chastity or purity of body, actions and thoughts in relationship to women, or have you left yourself to be controlled by the concupiscence of the flesh and the eyes (cfr.1 Jn.5:16-17)? Ceteris patribus, be aware that your patron Saints Mark and John Mary Vianney are great lessons in the priesthood of Christ, therefore make them your special friends as you serve God daily in his faithful people.
    Congratulations Fr Mark, for you too are called to go into the Lord’s vineyard.
    Your brother,
    Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor
    Summer holidays September 2010 at Parrocchia di San Martino Riccione Diocesi di Rimini – Italia

  60. VALERIA MARIANTONIETTA DE MICHELI, REJOICE ON YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY THURSDAY JUNE 3, 2010

    Humanity is a gift from God. God manifest his goodness, greatness and nature in creatures, this comes true and in fullness in the personality of each of us through a particular medium, that is, our families. This is your origin and birth from your dearest family when on June 3, 1973 you, Valeria, came into the family of Signor Antonio De Micheli of PULLIA-ITALIA.
    My meeting you, Valeria, on July 2010 at Santuario Opera Madonnina Del Grappa Sestri Levante (Genova) together with your husband, Maurizio Giuri, your father, Antonio De Micheli and paternal aunt, Rita De Micheli, transmitted a lot of gospel messages to me. This is obvious in your simple, humble, sociable, amiable and sincere life as I observed, hence keep it up and congratulations on your 37th birthday on this memorial of Saints Charles Lwanga and his companion martyrs on Thursday June 3, 2010.
    You are indeed a sign of covenant and an indelible tie between your parents, hence from your mother’s side you took the name Maria (your maternal grandmother) and from your father’s side you took the name Antonietta (your paternal grandmother)), ipso facto your name Valeria Mariantonietta De Micheli.
    Therefore, the celebration of one’s birthday is a time for thanksgiving and meditation. It is a time of thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and meditation over personal, spiritual and moral life. In view of these, are you faithful to God in the promises you made to him as a child of God and as a Christian? Are you faithful to your matrimonial promises and love which comes from the conjugal love and consent? What do people think about you? What do you think of yourself? What exactly is your conduct towards yourself in matters regarding spirituality and morality?
    Congratulations and happy 37th birthday Carissima Valeria.
    Don Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor

    CARISSIMA FRANCESCA BATTISTUTA BUON COMPLEANNO A 26, OGGI AGOSTO 22, 2010 DA DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    La sua natura è così innocente con un attraente e sorride brillando come quello della madre VALERIA, con la stessa voce elettrizzante come precisamente quello della madre. Effettivamente il tratto del volto genetico è pronunciata moltissima. Lei li distingue solamente quando Lei considera insieme ambo la madre è piumato mentre FRANCESCA è angelicamente innocente con una bellezza magnetica.
    Compleanno è un tempo per ricordare e riflettere sul cosa hai fatto in passato tramitte il dovre davanti a Dio. È un tempo per promettere a Dio la tua fiducia totale in Lui. È un tempo per chiedere a Dio più favore nel vita. Compleanno richiama la Sua mente alla realtà della vita.
    Nella famiglia come vede gli altri? Nella società quello che è il Suo pensiero circa gli altri? Nella società l’altri stanno pensando cosa di Lei? È un tempo per spalancare i Suoi orecchi per ascoltare. È un tempo per guardare gli altri drammatizzare la Sua personalità al palcoscenico. È un tempo per rivelare ad altri quello che precisamente Lei avrebbe dimenticato di fare nella vita. È un tempo per un esame adatto di personale stesso.
    Col regalo di Dio circa Lei, la Sua natura è di Pieno Della Bellezza di Fragranza. Con la Sua madre VALERIA, la Sua natura e la bellezza mostrarono la Sua copia di carbone che è Angelica, Reale, Eccellente, Magneticamente ed Emotivamente Attraente. Col il suo padre ENZO, è solamente una fonte di gioia che tu conosce a questa ora che Dio è la sua forza. Col la sua sorella IRENE, la Sua natura è Speciale come Lei è specialmente benedetta oggi con le piene qualità di genere.
    Boun compleanno a etá 26. Mandi

  61. THE SPIRITUAL DIALOGUE WITH GOD IN THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION A WARFARE BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    How can the young remain sinless? By obeying God’s command (cfr. Ps.119:9-11). Sin is easily committed than confessed. We find it very much difficult to have a dialogue with God in the Sacrament of Confession rather we prefer to stay without going to Confession.
    Through the omnipotence and immensity of God’s mercy, he gave us the opportunity of dialoguing with him in the Sacrament of Confession, where Christ is in the person of a priest (cfr. Matt.16:18-19; 1Jn.1:8-2:1-2; 2Sam.12:13-15). The thought of confession is for very many a fight against sin, hence as a spiritual dialogue with God we are able to fight against and win the three major obstacles towards auricular confession. These obstacles are fear, shame and pride.
    FEAR: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If we sincerely fear the Lord, confession of our sins will not be a problem. Many Christians are afraid of insecurity from the part of the priest, that their weakness may be publicized. This is far from a priest regarding the Confessional Seal, which every priest ought to preserve under the pain of mortal sin and automatic excommunication (Laetent Sentaentia) on the part of the priest, who make public the sin of somebody who confessed to him. We should also know that there is no sin which God cannot forgive, hence we need not fear if God will pardon our sins. The devil puts into us the fear not to near the confessional and hence deprives us of the free and wonderful mercy of God in the Sacrament of Confession. Therefore, let us resist the devil because with fear of God we grow in holiness of life.
    SHAME: Shame in the positive sense as a virtue helps us to grow in union with God. The shame of spoiling or destroying our relationship with God makes or spurs us into strong and genuine love of God; hence once we sin we are able to go to Confession for spiritual cleansing. In the negative way, the devil puts into us the idea that we may be disregarded if our sins are known by a priest. The Sacrament of Confession helps us to shame the devil and his pomp thereby renewing our friendship with God through spiritual rejuvenation, which we loose when we are in sin.
    PRIDE: Pride is a cancer to spiritual life and a stumbling block to holiness through the Sacrament of Confession. A proud person thinks of himself or herself as so special that nobody should talk about his or her faults. He thinks that he is so important and of high personality whereas in the right sense of it he lacks integrity because there is no humility which is the bedrock of our way towards accepting our nothingness before God in the Sacrament of Confession as to appeal for pardon from God. In the Confession we accept our weaknesses as human and proclaim the Fatherhood of God as our Creator and Invincible Being. By this proclamation of the Fatherhood of God we bring the devil to shame and make conscious to him his disobedience to God by which he was cast out from the celestial home. With pride the devil always wants to deprive us the eternal happiness in heaven, thereby putting into us the resistance to go for Confession when we sin.
    REFLECTION REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR ON THURSDAY 26/08/10 WHILE IN THE CONFESSIONAL IN SANTUARIO MADONNA DI CANNETO SETTEFRATI (FROSINONA) DIOCESI DI SORA-AQUINO-PORTECORVO DURING SUMMER 2010

  62. 20TH PRIESTLY ANNIVERSARY OF REV FR MOSES AONDOVER IORAPUU OF DIOCESE OF MAKURDI ON 7 JULY 2010.
    It was on 7 July 1990 that you were ordained a priest. The year passes like a twinkle of an eye and looking backward you have worked in the Lord’s vineyard for 20 years. This is a marvel in our eyes. You have preached to the world in words and deeds within these years. I am very much impressed and delighted in the spiritual and moral input which you have put especially in Parrocchia San Martino Riccione Diocesi di Rimini. I came to know about this during my summer job from 1 September 2010 to 3 October 2010 there. God bless you for being a wonderful ambassador in this foreign land.
    The office of the priesthood is based on sacrifice, obedience and holiness of life which is Trinitarian and Theocentric in nature with its functions in the Verbum Incarnatus. In view of these, the Catholic priesthood is totally incarnated in AGAPE, any form of life outside this, regarding spirituality, morality, social and academics are “un-godly”, “un-priestly” and “a cheat to the ministerial priesthood of Christ” which we participate in.
    The ordination to the priesthood is the end of a beginning. It is a beginning because the whole life of Catholic priesthood is an on-going formation. It is on-going, because the priest is ever in formation and reformation for and with others in his priestly ministry. His life ought to be a continuous positive influence to others as Christ wanted it to be.
    Indeed, as years has just passes like a twinkle of an eye, meditate on the aura of your “ontological-transfigured-personality” as a priest which you experienced twenty (20) years ago. It seemed like a dream when the Lord delivered his Lord from bondage the Psalmist says. To you what does the priesthood seem like especially now that you are into the vineyard for 20 years? Does it still seem a Mystery and an Ontological Transformation before you? Are you so familiar with the Eternal High Priest that the mystery of the priesthood is meaningless or common to you? The solemn promises you made before Christ, represented by the Bishop and the Christ’s faithful, how far have you gone with them within these 20 years in the service of the Lord? Do you still remind yourself that you an ALTER CHRISTUS acting IN PERSONA CHRISTI and at the same time you are an IPSE CHRISTUS, who celebrates the TRINITARIAN LOVE daily in the sacraments? Therefore, always remember that solemn ordination exhortation: BELIEVE WHAT YOU TEACH, PRACTICE WHAT YOU TEACH AND IMITATE THE MYSTERY YOU CELEBRATE. Ipso facto, we wish to remind you that your whole life ought to be that of SACRIFICE, OBEDIENCE and HOLINESS OF LIFE, which is a form of IDENTIFICATION AND IMITATION OF CHRIST, THE ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST.
    The mystery surrounded by the priesthood of Christ is such that we ought to be constantly thanking God for choosing mere creature to be “HIS-SAME-SELF”. We ponder and meditate upon the power of absolution of sins, so great a mystery which is same with the power of creation, for in this mystery Christ the Priest re-creates, renews, re-born and make present SIMILACURUM DEI into an excellent and most pure form of humans. This privileged human enjoys being in a state worthy to commune and stay with his creator in the SANCTISSIMUM SACRAMENTUM celebrated yet by his “transfigured creature”, the priest. This power in and of the Word makes visible the “Invisible” in a very concrete form full of divine and celestial aroma.
    Therefore, “Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect – Estote vos perfecti sicut et Pater vester caelestis perfectus est” (Mtt.5:48). We are called to perfection after the mind of Christ as priests, every other thing is secondary. This perfection takes its root from the primary actions of which a priest is known for. The perfection of every priest is evident and concrete wherever he is posted to work, even as the Director of Communications and Editor-In-Chief in your diocesan Press which you are, for it revolves round your voluntary and original freedom of response of “YES, I AM PRESENT, READY AND WILLING” – the solemn ordination response.
    Therefore, as I congratulate you today 7 July 2010, in your 20th priestly anniversary always remember what you are, for Nemo sibi sacerdos- No one is priest for himself, said St. John Chrysostom, reflecting on the Letter to the Hebrews on priesthood. Therefore, let your name REV FR MOSES AONDOVER IORAPUU be your vademecum:
    R – ROYALTY is the life of catholic priesthood.
    E – ENTER the altar of sacrifice with pure heart always.
    V – VALUE your call as priest and VISIT the BLESSED SACRAMENT often, it strengthens your priestly spirituality.
    F – FASHION your minds to eternity in all you do.
    R – RENEW your relationship with God in the sacrament of penance often.
    M – MAGNIFICENT in holiness is expected of you.
    O – OBEDIENCE in the priesthood brings about the tranquility of mind and body in your services and life as a catholic priest.
    S – SACRIFICE is synonymous to our lives as priests; hence embrace it in your assignments.
    E – ENDURANCE is a sine qua non in your daily activities as a priest with others.
    S – SANCTITY is the key to successful priestly ministry.
    A – ADMIT your nothingness before God that he may shower his abundant graces on you.
    O – ORGANIZATION of life promotes your sacerdotal work.
    N – NOTHING should come as an exchange for your priestly service to others.
    D- DIRECT people with your wisdom and intelligence always and every where.
    O- OUTSTANDING should be your holistic presentation of your priestly dignity.
    V- VOCATION to the priesthood is a privilege not a right.
    E – EMMANUEL, God with us, be available for the people of God at all times.
    R – REACH out to people with your priestly character always.
    I – IDENTIFICATION with Christ is a sine qua non.
    O- OCCUPY yourself with something good and honourable always.
    R – RESIST any form of unworthy inclination contrary to the Priesthood of Christ.
    A – ADMIT your mistakes humbly even when they are made public.
    P – PUT the interest of the church and others first always, that God will be your reciprocity.
    U – UNION with God ought to be first in all things.
    U- UNITE people always with presence.
    Once more congratulations on your 20th sacerdotal anniversary. Tui est sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordine Melchizedek.
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (OKIGWE DIOCESE) 2010 Summer holidays at Parrocchia San Martino Riccione.

  63. CELEBRATION OF MARTYRDOM OF SAINT CORNELIUS AND SAINT CYPRIAN ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 VIS-À-VIS THE PRIESTLY LIFE OF REV FR CYPRIAN UCHECHUKWU OKORONKWO

    Saint Cyprian was converted to the faith in mature life and ordained priest – You, Fr Cyprian was born into Catholic faith in the humble family of Okoronkwo in Umuobiala-Isikwuato and was directed early in life to enter the seminary and was later ordained priest in your early adulthood.

    Saint Cyprian led the Church entrusted to him excellently during much troubled times both by his deeds and his writings – You, Fr Cyprian is also given the challenge to do your best in the formation of future priests in the seminary. This you began from Saint Joseph’s Major Seminary Ikot-Ekpene and now in Saint Charles Borromeo Spiritual Year Seminary Ehime-Okigwe Diocese as the rector. Always remember the mystery and great significance in the Passion and Cross of the Feast of Exaltation of the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ on September 14 and the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15, which precedes the memorial of your Patron Saint Cyprian on September 16. Like your Patron Saint Cyprian, let your deeds and writings be ever propelling forces towards holiness of life for those whom you are serving.

    Saint Cyprian was a famous orator and pleader – Fr Cyprian; let your eloquence and expertise in Biblical Studies always “cyprianize” people to God. For this I sincerely pray God to make you another Saint Cyprian of our time, not shedding blood of martyrdom but recognizing that the martyrdom in the seminary can only be embraced with a sincere heart of service to God and the Church in “humble and true kenosis as a formator”.

    Saint Cyprian’s beauty of style and poetic strict rhythm was rarely equaled among the Latin Fathers – Fr Cyprian let your life always show to people the spiritual, moral, biblical and classical presentation of your work on Saint Paul and your latest publication.

    Congratulations and happy patron saint feast day. Saint Cyprian, pray for us.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR, wrote this on SEPTEMBER 2010, while on summer holidays at PARROCCHIA SAN MARTINO RICCIONE DIOCESI DI RIMINI-ITALIA

  64. BUON COMPLEANNO DON MAURIZIO FABBRI, OGGI 23 SETTEMBRE 2010

    La vita è insignificante senza celebrazione,
    Celebrazione non è solo un concetto ma una realtà,
    Questa realtà è un’attività in moto continuo,
    Ogni giorno qualche cosa deve essere celebrato, da qualcuno o delle persone.

    Celebrazione in questo maniera ci dà gioia, è parte e pacchetto di esistenza umana,
    Umanità ha senso quando è sottolineata da attività,
    Attività mentali e fisiche, uomo occupato nel quotidiano,
    Richiamando questa storia di attività è celebrato.

    Celebrazione è una cosa presente sempre,
    Il motivo della celebrazione può ramentarci di gridare eventi che già sono accaduti,
    Celebrazione di compleanno è un momento di ricordare il passato,
    Dunque, io desidero richiamare il compleanno di persone a me care.

    In questo giorno io desidero richiamare un amore,
    In Lei io vedo un profondo amore per la celebrazione della Santa Messa, adorazione e Liturgica della Ore,
    Lei è generoso ed ospitale, perché accoglie cordialmente le persone sconosciute,
    Don MAURIZIO Lei è disponibile a tutti,
    Sinceramente, io vedo in Lei un prete devoto, meditativo, santo, profondo e socievole, con relazione umana ed alta.

    La presenza di Cristo è manifestata nei Suoi atti,
    Il Suo sorriso è un’oasi del coraggio,
    La Sua preoccupazione fraterna è piena dell’ospitalità sincera,
    La Sua relazione umana è un Vangelo a tutti.

    Don MAURIZIO prediletto, è un credito a quelli che L’hanno saputo,
    È una quantità positiva per quelli che entrano casualmente in contatto con Lei,
    La Sua umiltà, umoroso è ricerca pronta e sacrificio sono per me una lezione di vita,
    Lei non cessa mai nella pratica di queste rete virtù.

    Il Suo sacrificio è pieno della grazia,
    Il Suo amore è moltissimo altruista,
    La Sua manifestazione della carità cristiana è valore rinnovato,
    La nostra Madre Maria Santissima continuerà a coprirLa col manto della castità.

    Ricordare il compleanno dimonstra una forma di preoccupazione,
    Questa preoccupazione è significato di reminiscenza,
    La reminiscenza dimostra più vicino la realtà del sapere,
    Perciò a qualcuno di speciale come Lei io dico: Buon Compleanno.

    Tanti anni fa un figlio speciale venne al mondo il 23 settembre 1958,
    Una voce fu sentita a RIMINI-ITALIA della famiglia umile e modesta,
    Un figlio umile, rispettoso, e buono fu dato il benvenuto,
    Non si sapeva che questa persona sarabbe stato un apostolo di Cristo, un esperto che custodisce come un archivio è un’affinità speciale alla nostra Madonna Santissima.

    La famiglia FABBRI echeggiò in gioia,
    Perché? Il figlio donato loro,
    Recò grande gioia in questa famiglia,
    Oggi 23 settembre, 2010 tutta la Parrocchia di San Martino rinnova quella gioia.

    Questa gioia è così speciale a causa della persona coinvolta,
    San Paolo dice, “Allieti, si allieti nel Dio”,
    Effettivamente noi stiamo allietati in Dio,
    Perché, un” ALTER CHRISTUS” sta celebrando il suo compleanno.

    Io sono personalmente felice per Lei in questo compleanno,
    Era l’ 8 maggio 1983, quando Lei fu ordinato sacerdote,
    Per 27 anni, Lei è stato coinvolto profondamente nel servizio di Dio è dell’umanità,
    AD MAYOREM GLORIAM DEI.

    Perciò in un giorno come questo,
    Sia ricordato quello che Lei è,
    Il sacerdote di Dio nella Chiesa cattolica e Santa,
    E quidi, ricordi le Sue promesse quando fu ordinato 8 maggio, 1983.

    Come Lei cominsce una vita nuova oggi,
    La mia preghiera per Lei in questo giorno è;
    Dio perdonerà il Suo passato,
    Lui benedirà il Suo presente e nutrirà il Suo futuro.
    AD MULTOS ANNOS

    In unione con preghiera,

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA

  65. CONGRATULAZIONI DON ALESSIO ALASIA PER CELEBRAZIONE DEL SUO 12º ANNIVERSARIO DI SACERDOZIO PRESSO LA PARROCCHIA SAN MARTINO RICCIONE DIOCESI DI RIMINI OGGI 26 SETTEMBRE, 2010.

    L’ufficio del sacerdozio è basato su sacrificio, l’obbedienza e la santità di vita che è Trinitaria o Teocentrico in natura con le sue funzioni nel Verbum Incarnatus. In prospettiva di questi, il sacerdozio cattolico è totalmente incarnato. Qualsiasi forma di vita fuori di questa vita sacerdotale, riguardo alla spiritualità, la moralità, sociale ed academico sono “un-devoto”, “un-sacerdotale” è “un inganno al sacerdozio ministeriale di Cristo” quale noi partecipiamo.
    L’ordinazione al sacerdozio è la fine di un inizio. È un inizio perché la vita intera del sacerdozio cattolico è una formazione continua. Allora, perché il prete mai è in formazione e riforma con altri nel suo ministero sacerdotale. La sua vita dovrebbe essere un’influenza positiva e continua ad altri come Cristo lo volle per sè.
    Io desidero umilmente perciò, riflettere il 12º anniversario di sacerdozio di DON ALESSIO ALASIA con i 12 Apostoli ‘ chiamati come Lei ontologicamente configurati in Cristo nel mistero del sacerdozio per essere un apostolo.
    Dal 26 settembre 1998 al 26 settembre 2010, DON ALESSIO ALASIA è considerato un apostolo perché fu spedito alle persone per mostrare e dare Cristo a tutti.
    Io desidero rendere grazie a Dio per il regalo del sacerdozio di Cristo in Lei. Sia consapevole che la Sua vita è quella dell’ Sacrificio, l’Obbedienza e la Santità.
    Io medito così perciò, la Sua vita sacerdotale:
    1) PIETRI (La Pietra) [Feb. 22 & giugno 29] – Come Pietro, sia sempre la pietra dalle quale tutti possano soddisfare e consolidare la loro fede in Cristo, il Sacerdote Eterno.
    2) ANDREA (Virile e Bello) [Nov. 30] – Come Andrea, la Sua natura virile e la bellezza è un mezzo per allevare vocazioni al sacerdozio per la gioventù.
    3) GIACOMO IL GRANDE (Camminando Sulle Piste di Dio) [luglio 25] – Il Suo cammino quotidiano sulle piste di Dio come Giacomo il Grande, possa sempre attrarre persone a Dio.
    4) GIOVANNI l’Evangelista (Dio È Misericordioso) [Dec. 27] – Il Suo ministero sacerdotale come Giovanni l’Evangelista è ancorato maggiormente sulla misericordia di Dio nel Sacramento della Riconciliazione, celebrazione dell’Eucaristie Santa anche la proclamazione del Vangelo (il kerygma). Faccia tutto questo con gioia sempre senza mai lamentarsi.
    5) FILIPPO (Innamorato Di Cavalli) [maggio 3] – Il Suo amore speciale per la natura egli esseri animali, come Filippo aggiunga posse vigore alla Sua felicità e amore nel ministero sacerdotale.
    6) BARTOLOMEO (Figlio Coraggioso) [agosto. 24] – Come Bartolomeo, l’apostolato sia fruttifero nel Suo lavoro sacerdotale guarnito dal coraggio che è natura nel Suo stile del ministero sacerdotale.
    7) TOMMASO (Il Gemello) [luglio 3] – La Sua celebrazione sacerdotale quotidiana dei Misteri in PERSONA CHRISTI e la Sua Relazione Umana ed equilibrata è come gemello della natura che significa Tommaso.
    8) MATTEO (Il Regalo di Dio o Regalo Di Dio) [Sept. 21] – Il sacerdozio di Cristo che Lei esercita è privilegio da dividere, è un Regalo Di Dio che significa MATTEO, così dia senza carica come Cristo comandò.
    9) GIACOMO IL PICCOLO (Camminando Sulle Piste di Dio) [luglio 25] – I miracoli fatti da Dio nelle Sue attività sacerdotali ogni giorno ed ogni momento rivela il più grande di Dio, sebbene Lei è meno che Dio ma A Dio Sia La Gloria come Giacomo il piccolo nel Suo apostolato.
    10) JUDA TADDEO (Regalo Di Dio) [Oct. 28] – All’Ultima Cena JUDA TADDEO chiese a Dio perché lui si mostrò solamente ai discepoli e non al mondo (Gv. 14,22). Cosí è Lei partecipe discipolo di Cristo come JUDA TADDEO, che è il Regalo Di Dio-Cristo Stesso, sia mostrato e dato alle persone da Lei in tutto ció che Lei fa.
    11) SIMON (Ascoltando) [Oct. 28] – Come SIMON l’Apostolo, ascolti sempre attentamente le persone specialmente nell’amministrazione dei Sacramenti nel Confessionale e come accada durante il rito di un matrimonio.
    12) MATTIA (Regalo Di Dio) [maggio 14] – L’apostolato di MATTIA era fatto col potere dello Spirito Santo, che è il Regalo di Dio a MATTIA. Perciò come Lui divida questo regalo come apostolo, rimanga fedele.
    In quel giorno fedele del 26 settembre 1998, la memoria dei SANTI COSMA E DAMIANO (i Martiri) Lei sia ontologico trasformato in un ALTER CHRISTUS davanti ai fedeli di Dio, sotto la successione apostolica del Suo vescovo. Sia consapevole che sacerdozio è martirio. Ricordandosi il gesto più simbolico di contatto di corpo col Vescovile all’ordinazione, quando Lei mise le Sue mani piegate in quello del Vescovo e lui le coprì con le sue, e chiese a Lei: Promette Obbedienza a me ed il mio Successore? E Lei rispose: Sì io Faccio e lui concluse con una preghiera: Dio che avviò questo buon lavoro in Lei lo porti a compimento e Lei rispose Amen.
    Congratulazioni per il suo 12º anniversario sacerdotale, il 26 settembre 1998. Nelle parole di SANTA MONICA, “Figlio mi Ricorderó all’Altare Di Dio” cosí non cessare mai nel ricordare l’anima del Suo adorato padre all’Altare Di Dio ogni giorno sempre. Eterno riposo dona Lui Signore e riposo in pace. Amen. Auguri !!!

    DON PAUL IKECHKWU OGUJIOFFOR (DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA)

  66. AUGURI CESARE FOCANTE E BUON COMPLEANNO OGGI 29 SETTEMBRE 2010

    Ogni giorno noi celebriamo la presenza e “compleanno” di Dio in noi. L’essere umano è tale per il soffio di Dio. L’essere, fatto da Dio in un particolare momento che richiama la nostra nascita e storia . Dio è un “Eterno-ora”. Egli è “TERMINS A QUO” e “TERMINUS AD QUEM”. La Sua “immagine” ha un inizio nella creatura. Tale è la sua storia in Lei, CESARE FOCANTE. In Dio storia è fatta. In Lui ogni creatura ha un’esistenza. Un’esistenza che è registrata come storia, perciò, la storia è rintracciabile.
    Guardando la storia, io desidero richiamare un compleanno. Un momento cominciò come un secondo. Secondi sviluppati come minuti. Minuti maturati in ore nel tempo specifico. Le ore si laurearono in giorni. I giorni metamorfosati in settimane. Settimane trasformate in mesi, i mesi costituiscono l’anno.
    Compleanno è un tempo per ricordare e riflettere sul cosa hai fatto in passato nei confronti del dovere davanti a Dio. È un tempo per promettere a Dio la tua fiducia totale in Lui. È un tempo per chiedere a Dio più aiuto per la vita. Compleanno richiama alla mente la realtà della vita.
    Celebrando il compleanno riflettiamo su questi temi: Nella famiglia come vedo gli altri? Nella società, come è il tuo pensiero circa gli altri? Nella società cosa stanno pensando gli altri di me? È un tempo per spalancare i tuoi orecchi ed ascoltare. È un tempo per guardare gli altri drammatizzare la tua personalità come sul palcoscenico. È un tempo per rivelare agli altri quello che veramente sei con tutto quello che hai dimenticato di fare nella vita. È un tempo per un esame accurato di se stessi.
    Amore è una virtù cristiana concretizzata, nella sua forma pratica è la carità. Questa è precisamente la natura di te : CESARE FOCANTE e della tua famiglia in questo 69º compleanno (29/09/1951 – 29/09/2010).
    La natura di Dio è sempre pacata e saggia. Dalla fede provengono i nomi dati ai figli; FEDERICO, è nome di origine germanica, composto dalle parole “Fridu” cioè Protezione, Pace e “Rich”, che vuol dire “Signore”, e quindi “Signore che domina con la pace”. L’amore di Dio è illimitato e libero rappresentato nei nomi FILIPPO (INNAMORATO DI CAVALLI) che il vostro amore speciale per la natura e gli esseri animali, come FILIPPO che aggiunge vigore, felicità e amore in famiglia. Poi in FRANCESCO (COLUI CHE È LIBERO) che intende Libertà per Dio per l’affetto speciale di questa famiglia alla natura illimitata di Dio, è libera nei vostri regali.
    CESARE FOCANTE – calmo, buon padre e religioso marito; Dio non ti abbandonerà mai nel Suo momento di isolamento. Dio ti ha benedetto con una buona ed umile moglie, PALMA, un tesoro e perla per te. Tu ha fortificato con figli eccellenti, saggi ed intelligenti. Sinceramente parlando, la tua famiglia è unica in ogni cosa, meravigliosamente desiderata da Dio mentre comincia dai nomi alla relazione umana che è prova della tua fede forte in Dio.

    AUGURI E BUON COMPLEANNO CESARE
    A – Come ANNI che passano.
    U – Come URRÀ è il tuo compleanno.
    G – Come GRANDE tirata di orecchie.
    U – Come UN grande giorno.
    R – Come RAGAZZI è proprio vecchio.
    I – Come INFINITI auguri !!!!!!

    Con ANTONIO CAPRIOTTI, tuo suocero io dico auguri CESARE.
    Con LIVIA GRISOSTOMI, tua suocera io dico che Dio ti benedica.
    Con PALMA, tua moglie tanti rallegramenti.
    Con FEDERICO, tuo figlio io dico buon compleanno.
    Con FILIPPO, tuo figlio io dico tanti auguri.
    Con FRANCESCO, tuo figlio dico che Dio ti dia la Sua pace.
    Con MATTIA, tuo nipote io detto ti faccio bene.
    Con SERENA BURLA, la tua nuora dico evviva.
    Con VALERIA BONINI, io dico un secondo evviva.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA.

  67. GRAZIE PALMA PER TUTTA LA TUA CURA ED AIUTO MATERNO CHE HO RICEVUTO QUESTA ESTATE A RICCIONE

    L’uomo è una creatura nata dall’amore di Dio. Il mio è un ringraziamento umano da uomo a uomo unito però a quello di Dio. Attraverso Lui le persone si scambiano favori nel suo amore vicendevolmente.
    Perché l’amore di Dio è sempre presente in ogni persona; in tutto il mondo esistono buone madri sensibili e di cuore aperto, come ho trovato qui in RICCIONE, nella tua persona PALMA, una madre eccellente.

    PALMA, la tua cura e gentilezza sarà da me sempre ricordata, mi ha testimoniato
    Un grande amore per me;
    Dio Ti benedirà nella vita sempre,
    La Tua famiglia sarà ricordata da Dio in tutto ciò fanno.

    Sei piena delle virtù necessarie ad essere emulata da tutti,
    La tua semplicità è meravigliosa,
    La tua natura benigna è straordinaria,
    La tua dedicazione al dovere è eccellente.

    Sei molto semplice nell’esercizio dei tuoi doveri,
    La sincerità è piena della tua natura,
    Sei una perla in natura,
    Sei piena di tesori invidiabili di natura.

    PALMA la tua bellezza è senza macchia ed estremamente magnetica, così è il tuo carattere, estremamente caritatevole ed ospitale, non solo all’interno della tua casa ma anche all’esterno. PALMA, sei una sorella adorata, madre, organizzatrice di famiglia, dispensatrice di pace ed moglie esemplare, sinceramente mi mancano parole adeguate per esprimere quello che realmente sei.

    La tua pazienza e preghiera continua a situazioni nella famiglia hanno immenso valore;
    Effettivamente la pazienza è una grande virtù e chiave al successo,
    Il tuo successo è pieno della prudenza, che rivela una natura meravigliosa e straordinaria.

    La mia preghiera è che Dio continui a benedirti sempre;
    il Signore Gesù Cristo nutra la tua vita con il suo Corpo Divino e il Sangue sempre;
    La Beata Vergine Maria sia sempre una madre speciale per te e la tua famiglia;
    Gli angeli celesti ti guidino e proteggano attraverso la vita.

    Come hai dedicato la vita in servizi alla Chiesa,
    Dio proteggerà la tua famiglia con i suoi angeli sempre,
    Là dove l’errore umano sarà,
    la misericordia di Dio pulirà sempre e perdonerà tutto.

    Confido in Dio, spero in Lui,
    Per le cose che non puoi cambiare nella vita, accetta felicemente in Lui;
    La tua ricompensa sarà grande in cielo,
    Dio non ha abbandonato mai quelli che misero la loro fiducia in lui.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA ESTATE, SETTEMBRE 2010
    21/09/10

  68. APREZZAMENTO PER IL TUO AIUTO A ME, RITA

    Come la bontà di Dio è infinita, così anche la sua creazione di persone buone è. Questo ho trovato con molte persone che ho incontrato qui a Riccione.

    Rita, il tuo servizio e pronta ad assistere le persone in ufficio è degno di emulazione. Vedo in te un sacrificio sincero, la dedicazione al dovere e la dimostrazione di amore concreto a ogni persone che venga al tuo ufficio. Vedo in te, una madre tipica con disponibilità sincera a mostrare l’amore ai suoi figli, questo è visto nella tua domanda ogni volta che ho entrato il tuo ufficio: “Hai bisogno del mio aiuto o qualcosa”? Le tue azioni sempre si mostra come il biblico Marta e Lidia. La tua amore per participare la Santa Messa è tipico del biblico Maria, seduta ai piedi di Gesù in ascolto della Parola di Dio dal Maestro Divino.

    Rimane sempre buone e Dio ti benedica. Grazie per tante cose.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA

  69. GRAZIE VENERA PER IL TUO AMORE MATERNO E CURA PER ME

    Qual è il significato del nome VENERA? VENERA significa DEA DELL’AMORE E DELLA BELLEZZA.

    Dio è l’amore incarnato e origine della cura per tutti. Perché siamo fatti a immagine di Dio; l’uomo, con l’aiuto di Dio, mostra questo amore e cura per gli altri esseri umani, indipendentemente dalla razza e nazionalità. Questo tuo amore e cura mi rivela quanto tu sia maternamente speciale , VENERA. Dal modo in cui tu svolgi le tue mansioni, la gente ti chiama con affetto NERINA.

    Vedo in te una madre perfetta e felice. Tu sei molto accogliente e premurosa con tutti. I tuoi servizi nella casa per la Chiesa con le tue attività sempre attente e coscienziose, saranno premiate da Dio, in modo piacevole e bello come il tuo nome e la natura che rappresenta.

    Grazie e Dio ti benedica.

    DON PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (DIOCESI DI OKIGWE NIGERIA)
    OTTOBER 2010.

  70. AT YOUR GOLDEN JUBILEE & ONE YEAR TODAY 23RD JUNE 2010 REV FR CLEMENT AGHADINUNO, I SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    It is always good to appreciate the virtue in others, irrespective of who the person is and from where too.
    Any occasion suitable for that ought to be utilized to the highest point.
    At this golden jubilee and one birthday celebration of our dear FR CLEMENT AGHADINUNO, I wish to thank God especially for his journey so far for the work of sanctification.

    Life is meaningless without celebration,
    Celebration is not just a concept but a reality,
    This reality is an activity in constant motion,
    Hence, each day something must be celebrated by someone or some people.

    Celebration in this mode is that of joy, hence celebration of joy is part and parcel of human existence,
    Humanity makes sense when it is punctuated by activities,
    Mental and bodily activities, man busy himself with daily,
    Recalling these activities history is celebrated.

    Celebration is always in the present,
    The motive of celebration may be that of calling back our minds on events that already happened,
    Birthday celebration is a moment of remembering the past,
    Hence I wish to recall the birthday of one so dear.

    It is a time to recollect and reflect over the wonders God have done in your life,
    It is a time to promise God of your total trust in Him,
    It is a time to ask God for more favours ahead of life.
    Birthday calls your mind back to the reality of life,
    In the family of God’s people how do you see others?
    In the society what is your thought about others?
    In the society what are others thinking about you?

    It is a time to open wide your ear to listen,
    It is time to watch others dramatize your personality at the stage,
    It is a time to reveal to others what exactly you might have forgotten to do in life,
    It is a time for an appropriate examination of personal self.
    Each day we celebrate the presence and “birthday” of God in us,
    God is “wonder” personified in beings,
    The being, God made in a particular moment,
    Hence, the birth and history of such is recalled.

    God is an “eternal-now”,
    No “terminus a quo” and “terminus ad quem” for him,
    Yet his “image” in creatures has a beginning,
    Such is the history our beloved FR AGHADINUNO

    In God history is made,
    In him every creature has an existence,
    An existence which is recorded as history,
    Hence, history is traceable.

    Looking back at history, I wish to recall a birthday,
    A moment began as a second,
    Seconds developed into minutes,
    Minutes matured into hours in the record of time.

    The hours graduated into days,
    Days metamorphosed into weeks,
    Weeks transformed into months,
    Months make up the year.

    Looking at your sacrifices so far to humanity, I cannot but relate what I have been able to learn from your life.
    Your journey started with your coming into the world on the 23rd June 1959, when the Church was celebrating the memorial of ST. JOSEPH CAFASSO (1811 – 1860) of Castlenuovo D’Asti Piedmont Italy.
    At baptism your parents gave you the name CLEMENT.
    These personalities that are connected with your birth and name as we have observed, have one thing or another to be identified in your life up till now.

    With relation to ST. JOSEPH CAFASSO of the 19th century, who was a teacher and actively opposed Jansenism, and fought the state intrusion into Church affairs, also as a rector of the seminary in 1848 he made a deep impression on the young priest students with his holiness and insistence on discipline and high standards.
    As the rector of ALL HALLOWS SEMINARY ONITSHA, you were just another St. Joseph Cafasso of our time.
    With relation to ST. CLEMENT I, whose letter was and is still of particular historical importance and outstanding in the Church, I wish to recall your historic and outstanding words to our seminarians at ST. PETER’S SEMIANRY OKIGWE when there was meeting of all Rectors of Juniors seminaries in Nigeria in OKIGWE DIOCESE early 2000.

    CLEMENT’S prophetic life was brave and piercing to the hearts, these we observe in you. His moral life was monastic and simple; you also share this in your nature, His ascetic life was a climax of his spirituality, this you are experiencing in the work of sanctification.

    Your sacrifice is full of graciousness as we experiencing it now, in your service as the President of OGBAKO IZUNWANNE ROME (IGBO PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS AND SEMINARIANS ASSOCIATION IN ROME),
    Your love is very much selfless,
    Your manifestation of Christian charity is worth mentioning,
    May our Mother Mary continue to cover you with her mantle of Purity.

    Sincerity is the key to openness,
    Openness is a short cut to appreciation,
    Appreciation is an expression codified,
    Codification is a remote way of concreteness.

    In concreteness there are full of contactness,
    Contactness is the manifestation of feelings,
    Feeling are shown to beloved ones,
    Belovedness is a Christian vocabulary.

    Remembering one’s birthday shows a form of concern,
    This concern is embedded in reminiscence,
    The reminiscence draws closer the reality of knowing,
    Therefore to someone special like you, I say happy birthday.

    Yes, indeed as you are celebrating your “Golden Jubilee and One” age we cannot but say rejoice for indeed the Lord is so good to you all these years. The priestly and ordinary milestones you have covered are worth mentioning. The lives you have touched all over and across the globe, have been witnesses and testimonies of joy and progress in the spiritual, moral, academic and social world.

    Indeed, TO GOD BE THE GLORY WHO ENDOWED YOU WITH SUCH GIFT AND TALENT. With the opportunity granted you, you have reached the “kpim” of priestly work, borrowing the word of our brother priest Fr Pantaleon Iroegbu (of blessed memory). May the good Lord continue to restore and shower you with his sacerdotal dignity and the corresponding virtues therein.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    23RD JUNE 2010 (ROMA)

  71. ADVENT THE YEAR OF THE LORD 2010 [A]

    Behold an ever dynamic liturgical structure in motion in and with a cycle nature, no knot but with “mysterious-tie” the person of EMMANUEL – GOD WITH US in a MARANATHA hymn. Such is the story in our life of spirituality and moral rectitude; therefore let us behold the human language of soteriology, ADVENT it is called. Ipso facto, let us see it in this form:

    A – ACCEPTING the reality that we are in and of history of soteriology, therefore my sacramental life ought to be renewed very often.

    D – DOING all things in conformity with the will of God over us, hence trying the possible best to avoid sin at all times.

    V – VENERATING with total trust in the prophetic hymn of Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus, thereby making my spiritual life to be in concomitant with the liturgical piety.

    E – EXPECTING the God-Man with total faith of “hic et nunc”, thereby living devotedly in strong imitation and identification of Christ – the VERBUM INCARNATUM.

    N – NEVER lack hope, for this is really an eschatological advent, renewed each time in the Preface of the death: Tuis enim fidelibus Domine vita mutatur non tollitur-Lord, for your faithful people life is changed but not ended.

    T – TRANSFORM your spiritual and moral orientation to march with the spirit of the Advent season, ipso facto, Et dissoluta terrestris huius incolatus domo aeterna in caelis habitatio comparatur-When the body of our earthly dwellings lies in death we gain an everlasting place in heaven.

    ADVENT SEASONAL GREETINGS TO YOU

    Rev Fr Paul Ikechukwu Ogujioffor

    ROMA

    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2010

  72. HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2010

    For us a child is born indeed HE is everything good that has happened in our lives. Let us be happy in this season because:
    C – CHRIST is EMMANUEL.
    H – HOLINES is a means to rejoice in CHRISTMAS.
    R – REJOICE for you are saved already.
    I – IMMANENCE is his nature to us.
    S – SAVIOUR is what CHRIST is to us.
    T – TRUTH is his nature always.
    M – MESSIAH is his prophetic name or MARY is ever an instrument of joy by her FIAT.
    A – ATHANATOS is present in Yuletide.
    S – SANCTIFICATION is the message of CHRISTMAS.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PARROCCHIA SAN PIETRO APOSTOLO IN TREVIGILIO (BG) ARCIDIOCESI DI MILANO
    25 December 2010
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  73. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU

    Oh God bless us all for we are yours in this NEW YEAR 2011 and always. Nevertheless, may we as a family, group, community or friends and each of us as a person remember these NEW YEAR significance always for it is a vademecum:

    N – NEVER forget the resolutions you made to better your life positively in matters regarding your spirituality, morality, academics, social and otherwise.

    E – EMANCIPATE yourself from all your past negative shortcomings and make move into the bright future with virtues.

    W – WATCHFULNESS at all time brings awareness and consciousness of your NEW YEAR resolutions.

    Y – YOU can only make your resolutions effective and efficient, if you anchor your help on GOD.

    E – ENDURANCE will help and make you never to loose hope all the time, even when things are not working out well.

    A – ABIDE and ACCEPT with Faith and humility the Divine Will to happen in your resolutions because you are human; limited and ever subject to GOD.

    R – RESOLUTIONS that are not put into practice are mere emptiness and void of humanness, so fan the positive resolutions into flame imploring God’s blessing on it all the time, by this you will be fully satisfied that you made a positive resolution.

    BY

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    PARROCCHIA SAN PIETRO APOSTOLO IN TREVIGLIO (BG) ARCIDIOSECI DI MILANO
    JANUARY 1, 2011

  74. Dear Msgr Jude,
    This is Father Christian Pineau,FMI, serving in Trinidad, San Juan, who sends you his belated congratulations for your appointment as nuncio. I do not know if you remember me back in your TT time. We had lunch together with the Nigerian High Commisioner to TT before his departure from TT. We all appreciated your simplicity and your cordiality towards your confrères priests.You are in my prayers . Sister Marie Thérèse,the french sister who in the past worked at the Nunciature, now 86 years is still alive and good shape .She was awarded more than a year ago, the French Legion d’Honneur. I will tell her that I sent you this message , via internet. As for me, I am ok and happy, in San Juan Parish as Assistant PP, at 71 years.God bless you , Msgr or better, Your Grace.

  75. HAPPY WOMEN’S FEAST DAY IN ITALY TODAY TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 2011, EVE OF ASH WEDNESDAY BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    God is a giver of all gifts, while human beings are mere custodians of these gifts. Any being or gift that is worthy of goodness, excellence, wonderful, kindness, handsome and beautiful, takes it root from God therefore, we should constantly give thanks and praise to God for the gift of women to humanity and the world in general. Let us then know that women are beings that nature used also in upgrading the dignity of creation. Ipso facto, on this special feast day of women in Italy, let us reflect a bit on the word, woman:

    W – WOMEN are special and extraordinary gift which God used in garnishing and showing his goodness in nature.
    O – OUTSTANDING is the presence of any woman amidst the world’s beautifulness.
    M – MATURITY in the world over that lacks recognizance of women, is debased of incompleteness.
    A – ATTRACTION from any woman young and old as well, should help all in the struggle towards being attracted to the Most High God.
    N – NEVER in the history of humanity in the world has there existed any success without a direct or indirect connection of a woman, either spiritually, morally, physically, financially or otherwise.
    The gift of a woman by nature to the world brings out clearly the hidden ontological character of motherhood of nature. Therefore, each woman whether religious, consecrated lay, single or married, with or without any biological child of hers ought to always maintain this title of good motherhood, for it is evident in the nature of a woman and word motherhood:

    M – MAINTAIN your integrity as a mother always
    O – OFFER every thing to God in prayer each day.
    T – TEACH always with good example.
    H – HOLINESS is very necessary in your life, as much will always be expected from you.
    E – ENDURANCE ought to be in all you do.
    R – RESPECT to all, old as well as the young.
    H – HOLD firm the good moral teachings of all that come to you.
    O – OBSCENITY should be avoided in you as a mother.
    O – OBEDIENCE ought to be emulated from you.
    D – DO every thing at its proper time.

    I significati da parola DONNA
    D – DONO di Dio con cui, Lui fa la creazione molto interessente.
    O – OFFERTA in cui Dio stablisce il Suo bellezza e amoresissimo paterna.
    N – NESSUNO che cade dall’ albero, ma della meraviglioso natura e maternità di una donna.
    N – NEANCHE cura che pó dare al mondo se non originalmente con carateristiche materna.
    A – ALLA luce dal mondo, vediamo che la donna é in centro, accoanto, davanti e dietro.

  76. QUADREGESIMAE – LENTEN PERIOD 2011 BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    The thought of Christ brings to limelight His redemptive role in and to the world and humanity. This singular act started with his Incarnation and culminated in his death and resurrection. The liturgy and spiritual reenactment of Christ’s death and resurrection which involves his trial, temptation, suffering, scourges, crucifixion, death and resurrection were evident in the Quadregesimae (the Lenten Period) and Easter.
    Therefore, the word LENT is in forming us that:
    L – LEAVE your old life and imitate Christ in kenosis
    E – EVALUATE yourself personally and know where you are lagging behind before God.
    N – NEVER yield to temptation rather pray that the grace of God may help you.
    T – TEMPTATION or TRIAL is a necessary phenomenon of this period which all ought to fight as to be a true Christian.

    ASH WEDNESDAY 9TH MARCH 2011

    HAPPY LENTEN SEASON 2011

  77. APRIL 2011 HOLY WEEK? BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    Each year as the celebration of the Great Easter remains just a week, we journey towards this liturgical Feast of Feasts and Week of Weeks beginning with Passion (Palm) Sunday in a most solemn liturgical, spiritual, moral and social ways. This entire preparation anchors on one and one or Father and child spiritual relationship. I need to ask myself, is this just celebration like any other celebration? Certainly no! This is a celebration with the most profound reflection, contemplation, meditation and oratio culminated in my personal and strict private life with a high spiritual cum moral spectrum constantly ringing in my ears these words: NOSCE TE IPSUM. Ipso facto, Holy Week is:
    H – HOLINESS ought to envelop you in all ramifications and at all times. Cfr. Matt.5.
    O – OBEDIENCE to God’s commandments ought to be holistic, do not leave any for your own selfish satisfaction. Cfr. 1Sam.15:22-23.
    L – LEAVE completely and sincerely that which gives joy and annoys God. Cfr. Sirach 21:2-4; Ezk.18:23; Ps.119:9-10; Lk.18:9-14.
    Y – YOU are the only person that can truly leave off your obstinacy in sin, through the grace of the Holy Spirit if you want, wish and ask. Cfr. Matt.7:7.
    W – WICKEDNESS should not be associated with you, in so doing God listens to your prayer when you pray. Cfr. 2Chron.7:14-22.
    E – EMPTY yourself for the good of others in a most sincere way. Cfr. Phil.2:7-9; Joel 2:13; Mk.1:15.
    E – EMULATE the good things from others, in this way it increases your spirit and act of almsgiving. Cfr. Lk.18:22; Acts.9:36; 24:17; Tobit 4:16-17, Matt.6:1-4; 25:31-46.
    K – KNOCK constantly at God’s Meek and Compassionate Heart through His Sacramental Cleansing Mystery; by this you continue to be holy even after Holy Week, for Christ said: “Esote vos perfecti sicut et Pater vester caelestis prefectus est – Be you perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” Matt.5:48.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR, HOLY WEEK & EASTER ACTIVITIES AT PARROCCHIA SAN PIETRO APOSTOLO IN TREVIGLIO SATURDAY 16TH APRIL 2011

  78. 2011 APOSTOLIC WORK OF OKIGWE DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS VIS-À-VIS THE SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS OF SAN JOSEMARÍA ESCRIVÁ DE BALAGUER Y ALBÁS BY REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR

    My beloved brother priests-in-the-making welcome back our home after this year’s unique denary apostolic work. Oh what a nice and wonderful innovation of spiritual rejuvenation to our people, for some in their home parishes while others parishes very much near to their home town. “No prophet is regarded in his home town” but now with the spiritual wave movement in our diocese prophets are now are carried with utmost dignities in their home town. This is only obtainable when we reflect our priestly and Christ-like life vis-à-vis freedom as a gift from God, detachment and the promise of “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Matt 5:8.
    According to San Josemaría we learnt that our human nature is very much appreciated when we are free in relating with God as to voice out our nothingness before him like St. Peter, “Lord depart from me for I am a sinful man” (Lk.5:8). Freedom as a gift, prompted St. Josemaría to say: “Lord, do not depart from me, for without you I can do no good at all” . God is freedom himself, when we accept freedom we are always happy. In freedom the will of the Father is ever completed and consummated. It is in view of this that Jesus was happy to submit to the will and freedom of God of choosing to die on the cross having received very many scourges, sufferings and insults from humanity for the salvation of man. Freedom is truth, divine, heavenly, celestially compensational when it is geared or directed towards good and away from selfish love. Therefore, Christ demands from us, seminarians (future priests) a voluntary act of personal freedom which is a gateway to truthful life. The immense treasure and special birth right of Christianity is determined by the daily renewal of our lives in freedom as seen by San Josemaría. Very many who are in search of freedom and self surrender reads and takes literally the words of the Bible to satisfy their egocentric notions; they try to put outside the obvious truth that following Christ involves suffering, cross and hardship. We find meaning in our daily struggling in nature when we appreciate the perfect coincidence of God’s plan with our freedom. Therefore, love of God is a treasure of dignity and nobility of human beings. If our freedom as a seminarian lacks love, we enter into arid spiritual aridity, but with great sacrifice we are ever young in spirit. This youthful spirit of love finds meaning in freedom of consciousness only when it avoids licentiousness. Ipso facto, man as a free slave of God is obliged to worship God because he is the master of his own destiny, good or bad as it may be, for man is the sole origin of his sinful will. Furthermore, rationality is a free gift to man, hence his essence is found in that. When he works in evil, he is contradicting his natural gift. It is only by man’s free use of his intelligence that he fulfills the noble task of his dependence to God. In view of this, our divine filiations make us slaves of Love, which is God himself. This is freedom only in sincere service to others, by which we are inseparable from and with Christ. In the search or adventure of sincere freedom we reveal our personality and love. Sin has no anonymous doer. God do not force or impose us to adore him. Truth, justice and goodness found its fullness in love of God which our faith without burden of limitation feeds from true religion. Therefore, the object and fullness of freedom is in eternal love, God himself.
    The saint sees the need of detachment as a necessary way of understanding better the redemptive way in Christ’s voluntary acceptance to die for all. During Lent the Mother Church reminds us of our nothingness and insignificance before the Lord, yet at the same time shows us God’s magnificence and how He divinized us and we became identified with Christ in his sufferings. The saint made us to understand that the infinite harmony and immeasurable mystery of God is enveloped in the kenosis of Christ. Our human nature cannot boast of anything good except that which comes from God, which we are mere bearers. Therefore, we ought to be careful in the use of our gifts from God. Hence, we should always avoid selfish and vanities in our daily lives. Imitation of Christ is prominent in detachment. In total surrender we understand easily that our sinful nature is able to change, to saintly nature through life of continence. According to him, he juxtaposed Christian self-control with the detached and ascetic life of Christ while on earth. Christ was and is still the example par excellence of abject poverty, from birth when he slept on the straw in the manger. He had nothing to eat but depended on what nature can provide at a point in time from the earth or the sea; so it ought to be for us seminarians. At his death Christ was buried in a borrowed tomb. We can understand that the life of self control which Jesus demands from us is on total trust and dependence on divine Providence. San Josemaría talking about himself never gave any credit to himself but believed in divine Providence. By this God becomes the “generous paymaster”, for He does not dwell in the heart which has empty love. By being in the world as seminarian but more so as Christians performing our ordinary work, we sanctify our work in life, sanctify ourselves and help others sanctify themselves. Furthermore, for Josemaría detachment implies being clean in appearance, in attire, and above all clean in the soul, hence it is self-dominion. In fact it is moderation with naturalness. The spirit of mortification and detachment helps us to value the gifts of nature around us. God loves voluntary mortifications for it increases our virtue and helps us to fight temptations when they come over us. To help us detach from our various “idols” we ought to seek and consult our spiritual directors. But there is attachment which we may not give up, that is deep love for others for Christ’s sake. When we are sincerely detached of things, the result is absolutely being a cheerful and generous giver to God and to humanity, which arises from true mortification and identification with Christ.
    As seminarians and priests with true mortification and identification with Christ we are blessed with purity hence shall see God (cfr. Matt. 5:8). This means that our constant union with Christ transforms us into being immaculate. Hence the virtue of holy purity is a touchstone of apostolic soul and zeal. This is like a preservative in our Christian life, which helps us to see God. Chastity or purity is a “divine magnet” that draws or attracts others to itself. Christ used this in his divine mission and apostolate every day and everywhere, so also we ought to do same being specially called by him not that we are better off than our brothers and sisters. Chastity is to be maintained always everywhere and in the celibate life, single and married lives only if our will-power is united to the will of God, hence having the self-mastery over our flesh or instinctive desires. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, hence should be kept pure, for purity is Love. Purity consists of the whole human person, therefore it departs from the heart or mind as to govern the whole system. For some, to talk about chastity is very absurd, impracticable and out of place in this modern time, hence it is a laughing stock when one talks about it. The author likened the life of chastity with mineral kingdom, vegetable kingdom, animal kingdom and hominal kingdom which is made of human beings with intelligence. In this hominal kingdom, man ought to use his reason to climb to the spiritual ideal by being master of his or her sexual impulse. Therefore, purity is possible only when we are in sincere friendship with God. Nevertheless, it is a life time struggle against the weak inclination of the flesh but with prudence we seek God’s assistance through Mary’s intercession. If we avoid occasions of sin, through humility we shall be putting the devil to shame because we cannot attain spiritual progress if we are corrupted by the lust of concupiscence of the flesh.
    Let us go to the Sacrament of Confession for constant rejuvenation, this needs also constant habit of mortification as to be in union with Love of Loves. Man is an image of Love, when this true Love is lacking, he moves towards sensual, insensitive and sentimental love which makes him a “spiritual vacuum”. Chastity is practiced in human love, transmitted through thoughts, words and actions; hence we easily see and read them from the Song of Songs and some mystical writers like St. Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, etc. According to the Saint, the means to conquer our sensual desire is found in modesty, fear of shame and avoiding unnecessary things no matter how minute they are, if they are contrary to our Christian apostolate which is ever faith in action and charity. For him, Faith, Vocation and Purity fill us with happiness in life and lead us to eternity with God, when we are faithful with them. Therefore, we should always with fierce sincerity of faith fight the dumb devil in our lives. This dumbness many a time is found in the deformed conscience, so clarity and simplicity can help us in that. We also needed prayer and fasting to be able to cast out the stubborn devil. Christ indeed worked miracles over the possessed boy, thereby given him back the power to hear, to speak and expelled the devil out from him.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    SUMMER AUGUST 2011 AT PARROCCHIA SACRO CUORE DI GESU VOGOGNA DIOCESI DI NOVARA NORD ITALIA

  79. SR MARY SOCHINWE CHUKWU (DDL) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1ST RELIGIOUS PROFESSION ANNIVERSARY TODAY FRIDAY 16TH JULY 2010

    Sainthood is basically action speaking more than words in goodness. It is not so easy to live a saintly life each moment of our lives. Our desire to be saintly can as well spur us up. Our daily struggle towards sanctity is a form of imitation of Christ’s passion. Lay bare your genuine intentions towards sainthood and go about implementing it. Christ is ever a model to our sanctity. Our Blessed Virgin Mother is a perfect exemplary of sainthood. Every saint has a special place for our Blessed Mother. As we are called to be saints, our lives ought to be geared towards imitation and following of Christ. The imitation and identification with Christ were seen in the lives of your Patron Saints-ST. CATHERINE and ST. MARIA GORETTI.
    From your Baptismal name CATHERINE which means PURE, you should strive at all things to be pure in thoughts, words and deeds. You received your 1st Holy Communion in 1988 and at confirmation in 1991 you took the name MARIA GORETTI which means LADY LOVED BY GOD who came from CORINALDO-ANCONA ITALIA and was a Virgin and Martyr, this is a great challenge to you in the religious life more so as a Christian. At Profession, you took the name MARY SOCHINWE, therefore be aware that your whole life is for God and for his people enveloped with chastity.
    On Thursday 16th July 2009 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you SR MARY SOCHINWE CHUKWU [DDL] (from UMUEZE-OKIGWE under the parenthood of MR DAVID & MRS REGINA CHUKWU both of blessed memory), had your first religious profession at your Novitiate House Abakpa-Nike Enugu, under Mother General Maria Ifechukwu Udora, in the Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Callistus Valentine Onaga (Bishop of Enugu Diocese).
    God is love and charity. Those who follow him ought to follow him with the spirit of love, characterized in practical act of charity. I hereby humbly wish you in the Daughters of Divine Love Congregation a happy religious life characterized and symbolized with the vow of CHASTITY, OBEDIENCE and POVERTY. CHASTITY is a virtue which is marked with our purely and strict personal continuous abstinence from our sexual urge to follow our passion uselessly in a way of obeying the concupiscence. Therefore always be aware that the devil is ever in active search in this way; hence do not give the devil a foot hole (cf. 1Pet.5:8-9). OBEDIENCE is a virtue which very many of us find difficulty to exercise and follow, because the devil puts pride into us. Again, our passion to be known selfishly is regularly manifested here, because we may think that we are better of the person with the authority that point in time. Always be aware that obedience at all times creates a quiet and serene daily living within our priestly and religious life. POVERTY is a virtue which is always attached to detachment; it is not dirtiness and recklessness. The major word here is DETACHMENT. This detachment is from ANY PERSON or THING that may tend to put away our whole life out from the sincere service demanded of us as priests and religious. Therefore, life of ostentation, attachment to families, persons, things and being bread-winners ought to be avoided by us priests and religious. This does not any way cancel our spiritual obligations or any little help we can afford to our families or people.
    Reflecting over our call to sanctity of life, more so as a religious when your ear hears the jingle of the baptismal and professional promises, your whole system ought to be attuned and alert at the same time. What you then think of becomes a personal judge to you. The aftermath of the judgment then creates an aura of attentiveness. This eschatological attention draws a “line of spiritual and moral carefulness”. You ought to be conscious of your existence each moment. Your consciousness ought to flow naturally from what you are. You are a Christian primarily through baptism. The promises made during Baptism, Confirmation and Religious Profession ought to be the daily bell that rings in your ears. Your 1st Profession anniversary calls for deep reflection and gratitude to God daily. You should know that you are not worthy yet the Lord called and accepted your response, for his grace is enough for you.
    Therefore any assignment by the congregation to you is a special vocation and search for holiness. Be aware that by your 1st profession in Daughters of Divine Love Congregation at Novitiate House Abakpa-Nike Enugu, you stabilized the Evangelical counsel of CHASTITY (PURITY), OBEDIENCE and POVERTY. Therefore your profession of vow of chastity is CATHERINE (PURE) to you. The vow of obedience is MARIA (LADY LOVED BY GOD) to your virtues. The vow of poverty is also SOCHINWE (CHUKWU NEW NDU NA DI NSO GI NILE) to you as well, in the pursuit of holiness as a saint. With the Psalmist you ought to pray “What and who is I that you have led me so far? Lord, my soul will ever glorify you, you allowed me O Lord to be your spouse, and how can I reciprocate this love?” Lord, deepen in me the sincere love of the good intentions of serving you in humanity. May I constantly show and make known this name CATHERINE, MARIA and SOCHINWE to all.
    Therefore, from this day forward always be consciousness of the following and let your names be a vademecum:
    R- RESPOND to God in all you are doing.
    E- ENTER the Church always with piety.
    V- VALUE your vocation so much.
    S- SEARCH for the heavenly things in season and out of season.
    R – REACH out to people with sincerity always.
    M- MAINTAIN your personality always.
    A- ACCEPT the things you cannot change in life.
    R- ROYALTY is the office of sisterhood or religious life.
    Y- YOU are in the world and not of the world.
    S – SINCERITY ought to be your preoccupation.
    O – OBEDIENCE is a sure hope of success in life.
    C- CALL on the Holy Spirit to illumine you always.
    H – HOLD firm every good teaching and try to apply them judiciously.
    I – INCREASE your love in the acceptance of the things asked you by your congregation to do.
    N – NEVER pay back any wrong done to you in life with evil thoughts or deeds.
    W – WITHOUT God you cannot succeed in life.
    E – ENDURANCE should be made use of always so that you don’t be discouraged by anybody or anything.
    C – CALL on God in the moment of doubts
    H- HOLD firm your vows unto the Lord and your Congregation
    U – UNION with God is ever good and rewarding.
    K – KNOWLEDGE of God is essential for it ignites the unending flame of love in our hearts.
    W – WAIT unto God’s time for everything.
    U – UNITE people with your ever smiling oasis of joy.
    D – DO all things for the sake of God, for it is a sacrifice.
    D – DIVINE hands are on you.
    L – LOYALTY is the life to the sisterhood.

    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    SUMMER HOLIDAYS JULY 2010 AT SANTUARIO OPERA MADONINNA DEL GRAPPA SESTRI LEVANTE GENOVA ITALIA

  80. REV SR JOE-EUDES IWU DMMM ON THIS FEAST OF OMNIUM SANCTORUM (ALL SAINTS) 1ST NOVEMBER 2010 I WISH YOU HAPPY FEAST DAY AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR VITA CONSECRATA (RELIGIOUS LIFE)
    SR JOE-EUDES your response to the call of Consecrated life in Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation on 16th September 1995 at CHRIST THE KING CATHEDRAL ABA, under Mother General Mary Paul Offiah (of blessed memory) is a thing of joy to all who know and are yet to meet you. You are such an exemplary one that propelled late Mother General to send you out to United States of America shortly after your first Profession, we are happy to be associated with you. May you continue to allow that flame of divine love to possess you always.
    Sainthood is basically action speaking more than words in goodness. It is not so easy to live a saintly life each moment of our lives. Our desire to be saintly can as well spur us up. Our daily struggle towards sanctity is a form of imitation of Christ’s passion. Lay bare your genuine intentions towards sainthood and go about implementing it. Christ is ever a model to our sanctity. Our Blessed Virgin Mother is a perfect exemplary of sainthood. Every saint has a special place for our Blessed Mother. As we are called to be saints, our lives ought to be geared towards imitation and following of Christ. The imitation and identification with Christ were seen in the life of your Patron Saint John Eudes
    From your Baptismal name JOSEPHINE which means GOD HAS ADDED or GOD HAS INCREASED or AUGUMENTED THE FAMILY, you are really a blessing to the families of IWU of UMUEZEOGWARA EHIME and DAUGHTERS OF MARY MOTHER OF MERCY CONGREGATION. This character of addition is made manifest in your long enduring virtue of patience which you exhibited after nine years of your 1st profession, you made your Final Profession in MATER DEI CATHEDRAL UMUAHIA on 11th September 2004.
    Reflecting over the Feast of All Saints more so as a religious when your ear hears the jingle of the baptismal and professional promises, your whole system ought to be attuned and alert at the same time. What you then think of becomes a personal judge to you. The aftermath of the judgment then creates an aura of attentiveness. This eschatological attention draws a “line of spiritual and moral carefulness”. You ought to be conscious of your existence each moment. Your consciousness ought to flow naturally from what you are. You are a Christian primarily through baptism. The promises made during baptism, 1st and Final Professions ought to be the daily bell that rings in your ears. Your final profession calls for deep reflection and gratitude to God daily. You should know that you are not worthy yet the Lord called and accepted your response, for his grace is enough for you.
    Therefore any assignment by the congregation to you is a special vocation and search for holiness. Be aware that by your final profession in Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation at MATER DEI UMUAHIA you stabilized the Evangelical counsel of CHASTITY (PURITY), OBEDIENCE and POVERTY. Therefore your profession of vow of chastity is JOSEPHINE (AUGUMENT) to you. The vow of obedience is JOSEPHINE (ADDITION) to your virtues. The vow of poverty is also JOSEPHINE (INCREASE) to you as well, in the pursuit of holiness as a saint. With the Psalmist you ought to pray “What and who is I that you have led me so far? Lord, my soul will ever glorify you, you allowed me O Lord to be your spouse, and how can I reciprocate this love?” Lord, deepen in me the sincere love of the good intentions of serving you in humanity. May I constantly show and make known this name JOSEPHINE to all.
    Therefore, from this day forward always be consciousness of the following and let your names be a vademecum:
    R- RESPOND to God in all you are doing.
    E- ENTER the Church always with piety.
    V- VALUE your vocation so much.
    S- SEARCH for the heavenly things in season and out of season.
    R – REACH out to people with sincerity always.
    M- MAINTAIN your personality always.
    A- ACCEPT the things you cannot change in life.
    R- ROYALTY is the office of sisterhood or religious life.
    Y- YOU are in the world and not of the world.
    M- MAINTAIN your personality always.
    A- ATTEND to people humbly when they come to you for service..
    R- ROYALTY is the office of sisterhood or religious life.
    Y- YOU are in the world and not of the world.
    J – JESUS should never be found wanting in your life.
    O – OBEDIENCE is a sure hope of success in life.
    S – SINCERITY ought to be your preoccupation.
    E – ENDURANCE should be made use of always so that you don’t be discouraged by anybody or anything.
    P – PRAY always for Divine illumination in your daily activities.
    H – HOLD firm every good teaching and try to apply them judiciously.
    I – INCREASE your love in the acceptance of the things asked you by your congregation to do.
    N – NEVER pay back any wrong done to you in life with evil thoughts or deeds.
    E – EMULATE the good things you observe from people no matter where.
    E – EXCELLENCE ought to be your watchword.
    U – UNION with God is ever good and rewarding.
    D – DIVINE hands are on you.
    E – ENTRANCE into eternal life ought to start now.
    S – SHOW people that you are a true religious always.
    I- INSIST on the things that glorifies God’s name always.
    W – WITHOUT God you cannot succeed in life.
    U – UNITE people with your ever smiling oasis of joy.
    D – DO all things for the sake of God, for it is a sacrifice.
    M – MOTHER MARY is your model.
    M – MAINTAIN your good relationship with people always.
    M – MAKE your presence religious-like in all places and in each moment.
    REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    FEAST OF OMNIUM SANCTORUM (ALL SAINTS) NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    ROMA-ITALIA

  81. SR AGNES OKOYE (DDL) HAPPY FEAST DAY OF YOUR PATRON SAINT AGNES TODAY FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 2011

    “Name” always plays a lot of influence in the life of him or her who bears it. This is consequent from the fact of the significance or meaning of each particular name. Your name AGNES is originally Greek signifying PURE, CHASTE; little wonder then ST. AGNES in her early life resolved to live a life of purity, consecrating her virginity to God. Over the centuries she became the Christian symbol of virginal innocence, usually represented in art by an AGNUS (Latin word for LAMB). With her virginity she symbolically represents HORTUS CONCLUSUS (Latin word for CLOSED GARDEN) because every thing is as fresh and intact as nature brought it to life. In the same vein, this may also be applied to you.
    Your response to the call of Consecrated life in the Daughters of Divine Love Congregation is a thing of joy to all who know and are yet to meet you. You are such an exemplary one that we are happy to be associated with you. May you continue to allow that flame of divine love to possess you always.
    Therefore, as the Church celebrates the memorial of your patroness St. Agnes (Virgin and Martyr), let your name REV SR MARY AGNES OKOYE (DDL) be a Vademecum:
    R – RESPOND to God in all you are doing.
    E – ENTER the Church always with piety.
    V – VALUE your vocation so much.
    S – SEARCH for the heavenly things in season and out of season.
    R – REACH out Christ to all.
    M – MAINTAIN your personality always.
    A – ADMIT the things you cannot change in life.
    R – ROYALTY is the office of sisterhood or religious life.
    Y – YOU are called for a special task here on earth.
    A – APPRECIATE the virtues and gifts of others always that God may increase yours.
    G – GOD is ever to be searched for in life, any time every where.
    N – NO to sin at all times.
    E – EMULATE the good things you observe from people no matter where.
    S – SINCERITY ought to be your preoccupation.
    O – OBEDIENCE to God always in your congregation.
    K – KNOW that you are a mirror to others.
    O – OFFER to God your life’s intentions with clean and pure heart.
    Y – YOU are in the world and not of the world by your response to Religious life.
    E – ENDURANCE is a key to successful religious life.
    D – DO all things for the sake of God, for it is a sacrifice.
    D – DIVINE hands are on you.
    L – LOYALTY is the life to the sisterhood.
    May the Divine illumination always guide you.
    HAPPY FEAST DAY TO YOU
    ST. AGNES, PRAY FOR US
    From, REV FR PAUL IKECHUKWU OGUJIOFFOR
    (OKIGWE DIOCESE)
    FRIDAY 21 JANUARY 2011

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    Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

  84. This is one of the few known true priest of God in this new age!
    His dedication and total commitment to serving God in the most difficult terrain speaks for itself. He seem to choose those places that very few will willingly accept to go, like Haiti, Chad, Central Africa etc.,
    This is a true son of Ozubulu, the people known for their religiosity and efforts in getting ahead in the things of God despite the challenges.
    If there is a man worthy of elevating to sainthood, Rt.Rev. Jude Okolo should be on the top list! I won’t doubt if that becomes reality…
    Congratulations our dear brother and father in the Lord!

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