In Owerri Imo state, twelve young Catholics, including twin brothers Paul Mary and Peter Mary Onele, were on Saturday ordained priests and deacons of the Claretian missionaries of the province of eastern Nigeria.
Bishop Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Catholic Bishop of Sunyani Diocese, Ghana, of St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish, Owerri, presided over ordination involving nine priests and three deacons.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) has gathered the Reverend p. Paul Mary Onele and the Reverend. Peter Mary Onele were the first twins to be ordained priests since the founding of Claretian missionaries by St. Anthony-Mary Claret in 1849.
Other priests were; Rev. Emmanuel Anyaebosim, Rev. Henry Ekwem, Rev. Valentine Orazulume, Rev. Kentigern Aririguzo, Rev. Churchill Emeghara, Rev. Anthony Enemuo and Father Gabriel Lanshima.
The three deacons were the Reverend. Michael Madunagu, Reverend Charles Okonkwo and Reverend Augustine Mary Obiadazie.
Bishop Gyamfi, who presided over the Ordination Mass, instructed the new ordained to set an example to the world.
Gyamfi told them to imitate Jesus Christ and to join the inhabitants of towns and villages during their missionary work.
He said that the essential duty of a priest was to interact between God and man, adding that any priest who did not take the prayer did not deserve his call.
“Teach what you believe and practice what you preach. You must strive to pray three times. in the morning, afternoon and evening.
“Be sure to pray, because prayer feeds the soul, just as food nourishes the body,” he said.
Gyamfi, who described the event as “significant,” said the ordination of Paul Mary and Peter Mary Onele was the first to testify to the priestly ordination of twins.
He called on the congregation to pray and materially support the clergy, pointing out that the work of a priest was not easy.
He also thanked the other parents who donated their protection in the service of God.
NAN reports that Paul Mary Onele, a native of Nkaliki in Abakaliki, worked for Ebonyi’s local government office in NAN, Abakaliki, before joining the seminary school in 2008.
Sunday Onele and Chinwe Onele, respectively uncle and mother of twin priests, said training two young men as Catholic pastors was not easy.
“We are thankful to God that the two young men have now completed their priestly journey and we pray to God to continue to guide them,” Sunday said.
Rev. Paul Mary said that he was grateful to God for seeing him and his twin brother Peter Mary through the difficult path to priesthood.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that more than 100 priests, including Rev. Simeon Nwobi, provincial superior, Claretian missionaries from the province of eastern Nigeria and Reverend. Anthony Onyeocha, former seminary of St. Peter Claver rector of Okpala, among others, attended the event.
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