From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Most Rev David Ajang has charged priests to remain connected with God and win souls to Him.
Bishop Ajang gave the charge on Thursday during the ordination of 10 priests, held at St William’s Cathedral, Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The Bishop said, a successful priest must be connected with God and take the responsibility of winning souls to Him, saying it was for the purpose that they were called into the God’s vineyard.
He stated that the newly ordained priests must adopt what he called ‘four pillars’ including; closeness to God, closeness to the Bishop, closeness to other Priests and closeness to thier members to be successful as Priests of the Catholic Church.
In his words” You must be close to God by being prayerful because God remains your source of strength.
“You must also be connected to your bishop because he becomes the instrument through which God speaks to the priests by way of assigning responsibilities, thus you will be required to develop a relationship with your bishop.
“You must also relate with other priests regardless of age and tribe because by virtue of your ordination, you have been introduced into the priestly family but this family is not a competition with your biological family.
“Lastly, you must be close to the people and be available to them. This mean that you must always be at your duty post and be accessible to everyone both men and women, young and old.”
He, therefore congratulated the priests and wished them well in their ministry.
Responding on behalf of the Priests, Rev Fr Matthew Ogiri expressed gratitude to God for calling them to serve in his vineyard and thanked their families and friends for both their moral and financial support.
He stated that their desire of being ordained had come true and vowed to follow the teaching and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
The Voice reports that the newly-ordained Priests include; Stephen Akpen, Marinus Akosu, Vincent Ari, Moses Bako, SimonPeter Esson, Emmanuel Godiya, Meshack Giwa , Patrick Oche, Mathew Ogiri and Mathew Oyigocho.