“Defend the Catholic faith” – Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic diocese of Yola was quoted to have charged the two deacons, Reverends Philip Paulus and Clifford Okeke, ordained for service in the Catholic Church for the Diocese of Yola. Their ordination took place at the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic church Vunoklang today, the first day of January 2020.
While congratulating the new deacons for their courage and dedication in giving their lives for service in the church now as deacons and eventually as priests, Bishop Mamza, who presided over the ordination ceremony reminded them to live an exemplary life by serving God with love and joy.
The Bishop also reminded them that as ordained deacons, they are to help the Bishop and priests in charity by assisting them in the celebration of the Holy Mass, partake in burial rites while administering the sacraments proper to their office as deacons. In talking to them about their duties, he specifically drew their attention to the fact that as deacons, “you are expected to defend the Catholic faith and stand for the church.”
In his New Year message, Bishop Mamza appreciated God for successfully witnessing the year 2020. He also called on the congregation to live a saintly life. He said “your life-styles must be in accordance with the teaching of Jesus Christ whose birth we commemorate while looking up to the Blessed Virgin Mary as guide.”
The cleric who also prayed for better days ahead of the year 2020 appealed to both Christians and Muslims to continue to live peacefully with one another. The first day of January every year is set aside by the Catholic church in order to honour Mary as the Mother of God.