Ibadan, Nigeria: Saturday, February 05, 2022. It was a day of joy in the Delegation of West Nigeria as she witnessed the diaconate ordination of five candidates from the Delegation of Mother of Africa, Angola. The ordination took place at the Claret House of theology, Elerumoke, in Ibadan, Nigeria. This is the first time the members of the Delegation of West Nigeria would have the privilege of ordaining members of the Congregation from other organisms who undertake their theological training in Nigeria.
The Ordaining Prelate, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo, Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, expressed his joy during the celebration. In fact, he happily confessed to the worshippers that the ordination of these brothers from the Delegation of Mother of Africa, Angola, is the first international ordination he has had since his episcopacy. In his homily, therefore, he encouraged the deacons-to-be to see the ministry as a gift and, thus, carry out the requirements of the office with humility and sincerity.
The newly ordained deacons, Revs. Rui Aquas Afonso Luis, CMF, Simone Antonio, CMF, Marcolino Francisco Viyanga, CMF, Estevao Kapewa Fernando, CMF, Francesco Chimbaia Manuel, CMF, expressed their sentiments of gratitude to members of the Delegation of West Nigeria for the support and encouragement received since they arrived Nigeria for their major formative studies.
We congratulate you dear Reverend Deacons and ask God to grant you all the graces you need for the mission.