St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria. On Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral, Gboko, Benue State, the entire Claretian Missionaries, Delegation West Nigeria gathered with the faithful of the above Church to witness the priestly ordination of Rev Timothy Amaku.
The ordaining Prelate was the Most Rev. Wilfred Amove Avenya, the Bishop of Gboko diocese. However, Gboko is popularly known as the administrative headquarters of Tivland in Benue State, North Central of Nigeria. Benue State rechristened and prides itself as the “Food Basket of the Nation” due to vast expanse of fertile land and super-abundant agricultural products by a quantum of industrious farmers.
During the Mass, the Bishop of Gboko admonished the newly ordained to be serious with the Evangelical Counsels as they are gifts of Christ to the Church and must not be compromised. He further enjoined on all the faithful present at the occasion to pray always for their priests and never to pester them with things outside the spiritual sphere and prerogative. He further instructed that the priest is ordained for the service of the Gospel with respect to the people of God. Reminding the young priest of the need to smear himself with the smell of the sheep under his charge.
More than twenty Claretian and Diocesan priests graced the occasion including the Major Superior of the Delegation, Very Rev. Fr Daniel Onyeayana; the Vicar and Prefect of Apostolate, Fr. Matthias Iheonu and host of others – Religious and family members of the Fr Timothy that included Rev. Fr Major Luke Beba (maternal cousin to the newly ordained).
Fr Timothy celebrated his Thanksgiving Mass last Sunday, May 6, 2019.
The cheering news is that in the coming months we shall be having similar ordinations of our three remaining Claretian deacons. May God continue to bless our Delegation with abundant good vocations.