- Posted May 30, 2014 by
Mammoth Crowd Witness Bishop Okpalekes’ One Year Anniversary
It was a scene of mammoth crowd gracing the thanks giving ceremony of the controversial Bishop of Ahiara Mbaise Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Okpaleke who marked his one year as Bishop, at St. Rosé’s Catholic Church Ihitte, in Ezinihitte Mbaise local government area of Imo State.
The Church was over overflowing with worshippers before the stipulated time for the Mass, which was chiefly celebrated by Rev Fr. Leo Ekechukwu of St. Josephs Catholic Parish Igwerile Oyo Diocese Oyo State.
In his Sermon, Rev Fr. Leo Ekechukwu pointed out that that since the Biblical times, God never took permission from anybody to choose and anoint his Priests, and charged Christians to be obedient and accept the will of God for their lives.
He noted that obedience, love, patience, and prayer were necessary for any Church to progress, and enjoined Christians to shun violence and promote peace and reconciliation.
Also one of the Priests of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Jude Uwalaka prayed to God to give Bishop Peter Okpalaeke the grace to serve him relentlessly. He said it was a spiritual celebration going by what the Bishop has suffered since the last one year as a Bishop.
However, speaking to newsmen, the traditional ruler of Oweahia Eziudo Autonomous Community in Ezinihite Mbaise, HRH Eze Desmond Oguguo who is a papa knight of St. Sylvester, mentioned some names of Igbo sons who have been appointed Papal representatives to foreign Nations.
He maintained that nobody can challenge the Pope’s decision, and regretted that the rejection of Bishop Okpaleke by Catholic faithful in Ahiara, stressing that it has made Mbaise people appear aggressive, unfriendly, unprogressive and inhospitable, and appealed to the world to ignore the voice of few decedents, hoping that the will of God would prevail at the end of the day.
The significance of the day was the Peaceful and successful celebration of the thanks giving anniversary mass without any hindrance.