BUT HE LIVES ON
For the past one month (Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020), the Claretian Missionaries of Nigeria and the entire Claretian Family, worldwide, are coming to the stark reality that, in the loudest and, unarguably, meritorious ovation, Very Rev FR Christian Mary Onwuemenyi Ihedoro, CMF, has taken a bow transiting into eternal glory.
Fondly called Papa by all his Claretian children, Fr Ihedoro whose vocation to the Religious Life was purely an act of divine providence was truly and, without fear of ambiguity, the Founder of the Nigerian Claretian Missionaries. In fact, upon admission, many of us were called “Ndi otu Ihedoro” (members of Ihedoro’s community) or more warmheartedly, “Ndi otu Ndaa Chri!”
While we reserve full orations on the funeral day by multitude of Papa’s adopted children, serve it to say here that the Nigerian Claretian Missionaries (with strong footmarks in Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Ghana, Gabon, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and all over Europe and the USA) have lost one and the only dear parent. Never would anyone fill that vacuum.
Birth: Sunday, November 15, 1931
Religious Profession: Thursday, July 16, 1959
Priestly Ordination: Sunday, April 17, 1966
Transition into Glory: Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4pm: Vigil Mass
5pm: Night of Tributes at the Claretian Provincialate ( St Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church ) Area A New Owerri, Imo State
Thursday, May 28, 2020
7:30am: Body leaves Holy Rosary Mortuary, Emekuku Owerri, Imo State
8:00am: Lying-in-State at the Martyrs of Barbastro Chapel, Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Maryland, Nekede Old Road, Owerri, Imo State.
11:00am: Funeral Mass
1pm: Interment at the Claretian Cemetery
Papa, may the Lord rest your soul. Amen🙏🏿.
(Papa was a community man. We used a group picture for featured image of this story. And we believe that he lives on)
👇🏿Below: Papa, in suit, poses with some of his numerous lovely offspring at the St Louis Retreat Centre, Ijebu-Itele, Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Ogun State, Nigeria – Friday, September 25, 2009.