Thursday, February 11, 2021-Nekede, Owerri. It is barely a year ago that we proudly published the groundbreaking strides of the newly established Claretian University Hospital, christened after the famous Italian Priest, stigmatist and mystic, Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Accordingly, Thursday of the date related above, the Nigerian Claretian Family gathered at the Hospital premises, Maryland–Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Southeast of Nigeria, in thanksgiving to God and to render due appreciation to the medics through whom the Lord has been making manifest his finger of healing throughout the past three-hundred and sixty-six days.
The Claretian Missionaries, like their Holy Father Founder, Padre Claret, a mystic and man of action, are persons who apply “all-means-possible’ in bringing the kingdom of God and it’s message of healing of body and soul to the children of God, adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ (who himself went about teaching, feeding and curing his people). Never have the Missionaries felt the urgency of this mission than now when Nigeria, as a country, is in dire emergency in all sectors. The rich troupe abroad on health tourism. The poor die within, solaced by helpless nurses with expired prescriptions. The Claretians have come, not to fill any vacuum, but to respond promptly and effectively, to the one mission of Christ: that the people may have life abundantly (John 10:10b).
The joyful celebration began with the Holy Mass led by VR Fr Simeon Nwobi, CMF, the Provincial Superior of the Claretian Missionaries, East Nigeria, assisted by VR Fr Daniel Onyeayana, CMF, the Major Superior of West Nigeria, and VR Fr Wenceslaus Madu, CMF the major protagonist of the entire project. A handful of exultant Claretian Missionaries attended along with all the Medical personnel, their family members and patients who are witnesses of the saving hands of God in the Hospital.
No one puts it better than Fr Nwobi, who, in his short homily, stated with firm confidence, that what the Lord has performed through the little and humble Claretian health unit is beyond telling—they are simply marvelous—miracles. Thus, he was full of thanks to the Lord. He praised the Doctors and the entire staff for understanding their call to duty and responding adequately with utter professional precision and unalloyed Christian compassion.
To Frs Simeon Nwobi, Wenceslaus Madu and John Ezenwankwor we remain indebted. In doing good, remain resolute. Because, success has many fathers. And, of course, we have all keyed-in. No exception!
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