Sunday, 5 November 2017

Awka Catholic Diocese kicks-off 2nd Diocesan Synod


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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Over 271 delegates drawn from various religious groups and associations in the Catholic denomination are currently participating on the Catholic Diocese of Awka 2nd diocesan synod holding in Anambra State capital territory under the theme “Thy Kingdom Come: the Journey with God in Awka Diocese”.

Disclosing this in a press briefing, the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Paulinus Ezeokafor explained that the synod which began on Sunday was convoked to enable him, the clergies and laities to discuss ways forward for the diocese.

Ezeokafor, who noted that the first Awka diocesan synod was held in 2001 under the leadership of his predecessor, late Bishop Simon Okafor, added that preparation for this edition started with the inauguration of Synod Preparatory Commission (SPC) last year charged with the responsibilities of making the event successful.

The prelate re-emphasised that every Catholic Bishop unlike leaders of other religious denominations is mandated by canon law to convoke a synod once in every ten years, even as he noted that the second synod coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Diocese and his 10th Episcopal anniversary, both holding on November 11 which is also the synod closing date.
  
Speaking also, the Chairman, Synod Preparatory Commission (SPC), Rev. Fr. Blaise Emebo, while thanking the prelate, his members comprising 35 priests, lay people and others, and various parishioners on their contributions to the committee, maintained that everything needed to make it a huge success had been put in place.

On his part, the SPC Secretary, Rev. Fr Dr Lawrence Nwankwo, said the synod would consider sub-themes like education, marriage and family, justice development and human promotion, communication and media, church and governance, among others with a view to help the faithful fulfill God’s purpose on earth.

Earlier, the Awka Diocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Francis Chidume and Rev. Fr. Martin Anusi, the Director of Fides Communication, explained that the synod followed the dictates of canon, and its outcome would also be signed into law by the Bishop and shall be binding on every catholic faithful in the diocese.

Other members of the commission, Prof. Pita Ejiofor and Lady Sabina Ndigwe, commended Bishop Ezeokafor for convoking the synod, noting that it would help the various catholic religious associations like the knights, priests, CWOs, and others to participate in moving the church to an enviable height.

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