SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2012
DIOCESE OF UDI HOLDS CLERGY, WIVES RETREAT
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
OHAJI/EGBEMA KNIGHTS IN REDEDICATION SERVICE
The Clergy and Wives of Diocese of Udi of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu (Anglican Communion) held her retreat in the Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbahra – Otor, Delta State from 7th to 11th of February 2012. The retreat had its theme as ‘I must work while it is day’ and had its text from John 9:4.
In a sermon during the Holy Communion service in the St. Peter’s Chapel of the Centre, the Rector of the Centre Ven. (Barr.) Ernest Onuoha called on the retreatants to cultivate the culture of hardwork in their various places of assignments. While acknowledging that rest is equally important in any human endeavour, Onuoha said there is time for everything. His text was taken from Prov. 6:7, 8. He called on Clergy and Wives to learn from the ants that labour and gather up enough food for the rainy days.
The retreat featured lectures on the theme, Songs of Inspiration, talks on Ministerial Ethics, Bible Study, Praise and Worship, prayer sessions and a question and answer segment presided over by the Bishop. The Clergy and their Wives said they enjoyed the serenity of the Centre. They promised to make use of the centre for their subsequent retreats.
The Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Augustine Chijoke Aneke commended the staff of the Centre represented by the Rector and Chaplain for their orderliness and co-ordination. He expressed his condolence on behalf of the Diocese to the family the Founder and Donor of the Centre, late Dr. Alexander Uruemu Ibru whom he referred to as ‘our mentor’. Thereafter he led the entire congregation to observe a minute silence for this departed hero of faith.
Also the Centre played host to the Knights and Dames of the Diocese of Ohaji/Egbema from 3rd to 5th of February, 2012. The retreat was led by the Bishop of the Diocese and his wife, the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Chidi C. Oparaojaku. The aim of the retreat was to further equip the knights spiritually so as to appreciate their roles in the spiritual and physical development of the Diocese.
The retreat ended with a rededication service during which the knights renewed their loyalty and commitment to the course of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over forty four participants attended the retreat.