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FORMER ANGLICAN BISHOP, MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI, ORDAINED A CATHOLIC PRIEST.
English Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Saturday ordained a former Anglican bishop as a Catholic priest. The archbishop of Westminster described the ordination of Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali at an Oct. 30 Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, London, as “a moment of great joy.” “The Church places such trust and confidence in the effectiveness of the ordained ministry. So that is why this ordination is a moment of great joy,” the cardinal said in his homily at the live-streamed Mass. “It is a moment in which we ask the Lord to effect in you, Michael, a full inclusion into the ordained ministry of the Catholic Church. As the prayer we have just offered stated, here we seek to build on the fruitfulness of the priestly ministry you have faithfully exercised for so many years now.”
Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, England, entered into full communion with Rome within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sept. 29. The personal ordinariate was created by Benedict XVI in 2011 for groups of former Anglicans seeking to preserve elements of their patrimony. The 72-year-old who was once considered a possible future Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the world’s 85 million Anglicans, was ordained as a Catholic deacon on Oct. 28 by Archbishop Kevin McDonald, the emeritus archbishop of Southwark. “For you, Michael, this journey has been rich indeed, in its geography, in your journey of learning, of prayer, of public ministry, and of decision,” Nichols said. “We welcome you most warmly on this day, especially into the very unique company of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.”
Nazir-Ali was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1949, and attended Catholic schools. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and holds British and Pakistani citizenship. He was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1976, working in Karachi and Lahore. He became provost of Lahore Cathedral and was consecrated the first bishop of Raiwind in West Punjab. Nazir-Ali was appointed bishop of Rochester, southeast England, in 1994. Married with two children, he served as a member of the House of Lords, Britain’s upper house of Parliament, from 1999. He took part in the second phase of the Anglican and Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC-II) and was a member of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM). In 2002, the U.K. media identified him as one of the favorites to succeed the retiring Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey. He was quoted at the time as saying that he was the target of a racist smear campaign and he remained as bishop of Rochester until 2009. He has served as president of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy, and Dialogue (OXTRAD) since stepping down as bishop of Rochester. In his homily, Nichols reflected on “two key characteristics of the Church: its cohesion and its mission.” He said that neither quality was “easy to put into practice and sustain.” “Indeed, we read in the Acts of the Apostles, the first practical problems emerge immediately for the infant Church. The first: how to replace Judas, whose heart had been totally corrupted by greed?” the 75-year-old cardinal said. “It is not without consequence that the first words spoken on this matter were the words of Peter, leading decisively to the course to be taken. The Petrine ministry is part of the gift given to the Church to sustain its cohesion of life and action.” He went on: “So too in its mission. We read in the Acts of the Apostles that after the great event of Pentecost, as the mission of the Church explodes into life, it is Peter who ‘stood up with the Eleven and addressed them (the crowd) in a loud voice’ (Acts 2:14). Already the challenge of the mission of the Church is clear, for that crowd consisted of people ‘from every nation under heaven.’” “Our mission is always shaped, then, by the interface between the joy of the Gospel truth and the history and cultures of those to whom it is being addressed. And that dynamic, too, comes under the guidance of the Successor of Peter and those around him, and one with him, in the ministry of oversight.” Looking toward Nazir-Ali, he said: “Michael, you have so much experience in this interface and I am confident that your insight and learning will enrich this mission, from within the visible unity of the Catholic Church.” The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, is the central church of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Msgr. Keith Newton, the ordinariate’s leader, who is based in the parish, took part in the Mass, which was also attended by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, as well as three Anglican bishops. The Ordinariate Use Mass featured the well-known Prayer of Humble Access, composed by Thomas Cranmer, a leading figure in the English Reformation. Speaking at the end of the Mass, Newton said: “Let me congratulate Fr. Michael on his ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. We welcome you particularly to the presbyterate of the personal ordinariate of Our Lady Walsingham.” “Know, Michael, that you are amongst friends here, because all of us have made the journey that you’ve made. It’s not always easy. But we’ve done it in the pursuit of truth and the unity of the Church for which we prayed for so long.”
Addressing the congregation, Nazir-Ali reflected on his decision to become a Catholic. He said: “There are many reasons, of course, I don’t want to give them all, but first of all, to belong to a Church where decisions that affect everyone are actually made effective in the whole Church, where decisions stick.” “Secondly, where there is a clear body of teaching to which appeal can be made when that is necessary to do.” “And thirdly, where there is an adequate, sufficient teaching authority to guide the faithful in matters that are contentious in this culture, or that. Cardinal Nichols, of course, alluded to this in his homily.”
Explaining why he chose to become a Catholic “the ordinariate way,” he suggested that the Anglican and Catholic traditions could be mutually enriching. “Whatever else Archbishop Cranmer’s gifts may or may not have been, I think beauty of language was certainly one of them. And I commend such beauty to liturgists today. It is not always a gift that is found among them in recent years, may I say,” he joked. “Secondly, an approach to the study of the Bible that is inductive, historical, and devotional at the same time.” “Thirdly, an approach to ministry that recognizes the wider community and is not simply restricted to the congregation.” He concluded: “So that is why I’ve done it and that is why I have done it in this way. Thank you for your love and your prayers and your patience. God bless you.”
The ordinariate priest Fr. James Bradley noted on his Twitter account on Sept. 5 that the following Anglican bishops have been received into the Catholic Church since 1992: Graham Leonard (London); Conrad Meyer; John Klyberg (Fulham); Richard Rutt (Leicester); John Broadhurst (Fulham); Edwin Barnes (Richborough); Keith Newton (Richborough); Andrew Burnham (Ebbsfleet); David Silk; Paul Richardson; John Goddard (Burnley); and Jonathan Goodall (Ebbsfleet). Many converts come from the Anglo-Catholic branch of the Church of England, which stresses Anglicanism’s Catholic heritage, but Nazir-Ali has long been associated with the evangelical wing. In an article for the Daily Mail newspaper on Oct. 17, Nazir-Ali said he hoped that by becoming a Catholic he could help the persecuted worldwide and Christians in Britain. “Hopefully, becoming an Ordinariate Catholic will enable me to support Christians closer to home who are marginalized and hounded by a liberal totalitarianism that demands total consensus,” he wrote. Nazir-Ali told the National Catholic Register on Oct. 25 that he would continue his “work of supporting and developing leadership among persecuted Christian communities” as he waits for “guidance from the ordinariate and Vatican authorities about the next steps.”
COLLEGE OF NURSING SCIENCES, AMAIGBO DAZZLES… Celebrates Matriculation and Capping Ceremony
Saturday 30th of October 2021 was indeed filled with joy and excitement in the minds of the management and students of College of Nursing, St Mary's Joint Hospital, Amaigbo as they marked their 48th capping and matriculation ceremony of the 2020/2021 set of student nurses.
The eye-catching event brought about a large influx of dignitaries, visitors and well-meaning individuals whose attendance added color to the ceremony. The ceremony was inaugurated with the celebration of the Holy Mass presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma, in con-celebration with priests in attendance.
Speaking during the homily, Bishop Ukwuoma stressed the irreplaceable role of nurses in the society, in saving and promoting lives at all cost. He decried the laissez-faire attitudes of some medical health practitioners which result in loss of lives. He expressed firmly that duties carried out by nurses should be seen and recognized as a response to the call and healing ministry of Jesus Christ. According to him, “Nurses and other medical health practitioners are hands and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He ardently identified the medical work as a vocation and ministry. Lastly the Bishop advised the matriculants to be serious and focused in their formation, because in the future the lives of many will be entrusted into their care. He also urged them to imbibe the virtues of patience, love, care and the fear of God.
After the Eucharistic celebration, the day was coloured with other eye catching activities. Making the high table, were his Excellency, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma alongside with the Chaplain, Rev. Fr Eburuaja Emmanuel; the former Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Kingsley Mgbeojirikwe; the Diocesan Health Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Remiguis Anyadioha; representative of Eze Nelson Nwosu (Igbo of Amaigo); Hon. Bernard Onuoha and other medical coordinators.
The Provost of the institution, Rev. Sis Mary-Thecla Ani, in a hearty disposition rendered her sentiments of appreciation to the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma for his love, support and care towards the institution. She as well thanked the health coordinator, Chaplain, parents and visitors. In her address, she made known to all that the institution has been awarded full accreditation status for five years and has also evolved into a College of Nursing Sciences. Finally, she congratulated the matriculated candidates for successful elevation and capping. In time, the Bishop thanked the management and students of the institution and also congratulated the matriculated candidates. Subsequently, the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Eburuaja thanked the Bishop for his presence. He equally thanked the management, students and all present for the success of the event.
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ST. DOMINIC SAVIO SECONDARY SCHOOL SET THE PACE IN PROMOTING IGBO CULTURE
Friday, 19th November 2021, was a colourful day for the staff and students of St. Dominic Savio Secondary School Ntueke, Ideato North L.G.A, as they celebrated their cultural fiesta in a bid to promote the Igbo culture. It started with the procession of students and various cultural and dancing groups to the Afor Ntueke Market, with different groups displaying their cultures with pride with their different dance troupe. The groups were led by the school principal, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Anabaraonye Okeke. Among the cultural dance troupe were Egwu Ogene, Egwu Owerri, Igba ndi Eze, Egedege Dance, Omalicha Dance, Flower girls Fashion dance etc.
This great citadel of learning has produced so many high profile individuals in the society, who have also contributed immensely to the society. One of such products of the school is Engr. Kingsley Ikejiofor, an alumnus who graduated from the school in 2005, and has recorded outstanding success in the building industry, who also happened to be the chairman of the occasion. He took time to address the students and to motivate them to aim higher and be focused in their educational pursuit. He also encouraged the students to maintain their cultural values which they are known for. He also advised them to abstain from cultism and be good ambassadors of the school.
Furthermore, Engr. Kingsley pledged to provide exercise books for every student on their resumption in January 2022 and also promised to pay school fees for three lucky students namely; Chisom Ejike, Odika Deborah and Ukabi Paschal. In addition, he promised to build a standard lawn tennis court with his friends for the school.
In his vote of thanks, the Principal, Rev. Fr. Paulinus Anabaraonye Okeke appreciated the chairman and other alumni who are good ambassadors of the school in the society. He also thanked the guests for their presence. He pledged his dedication to ensure that the school is regarded among the best not only in the state, but in the nation.
The occasion was coloured by the different displays of cultures and cultural dance troupes.
INSINCERITY OF HEART IS THE BANE OF NIGERIA
JOURNEY WITH THE YOUTH INITIATIVE “O SERIES”CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION REG NO 156638
BEING CARRIED AWAY
The dictionary definition of this expression is “to be so excited that one is no longer in control of one’s behaviour, actions and decisions in a given occasion. This is also a character of being unable to manage the stage but allowing the stage to manage one. Time and experience have proven the great effect of the stage; it produces profound emotions which “carry some people away to the point and extent of forgetting purpose to pursue shadows. A good leader is not a man of the stage and must not allow himself to be affected by it. It will be a betrayal not to point this out of the current crop of the unfortunate leaders that abound in this clime and contraption and which is the reason for all the shedding of blood in the land and the many lyings that are going on. It has reached to the zenith that the leaders and all the agents of the state cannot be trusted with the capacity to say the truth. Propanganda worked more in the past when there were only single source of information, when history was read as news. Today, no one can domesticate news or have the final say of what happened because many have access to it as it happens.
A time comes when silence is a betrayal. Any attempt to shy away from embarking on this journey would amount to the conspiracy of silence .Conspiracy of silence is equally a betrayal. One of the major thing that may not be found among the luggage of this journey which similar journeys carries and which merit them accolade and applause is emotion. Emotion for one is not a quality of a leader. Conspiracy of emotion is equally a betrayal. Leadership is defined as “a capacity of someone to lead others” Crises is defined as “an unstable situation”. A Leader is a pacesetter and a pacesetter is a person who determines the rate of action through leading. Uniqueness is a characteristic of a leader and the dictionary defined unique as [adj. uncomparable] being the only one of its kind, unmatched and better than any else.
Leadership is leadership. It is about charting a course, it is an art, a principle thing but it is not drama of a thing, showmanish, entertainment thing... However with the events as they are nowadays and our current mindset, it is difficult to make a journey with this as a luggage and land successfully.. The stop and search and shoot at sight harbingers would see it from their own angle and interpret it only within the box and others may interpret only outside the context. When emotion drives, reason goes on French leave but when hatred navigates, reason is killed and buried. The moment reason is buried, man becomes a beast and brute.
This exercise may not be academic and intellectual enough as it may not follow the pattern of sages and guru and mentors of particular readers and many generally do not possess the patience of reading a piece that may not support their mindset and already held believe regardless of how biased and prejudiced their way of thinking may be.
With the myopic understanding of what leadership means, perhaps as politico cum socio terminology only, some may see themselves outside the leader and leadership ladder and everything about it would not concern them. However ,”Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Times change. Technology marches forward. Cultures vary from place to place but the true principles of leadership are constant. Whether you are looking at the citizens of ancient Greece, the Hebrews in the Old and New Testament, the armies of the last two hundred years, the rulers of the modern Europe, the pastors in the local churches or the business people of today’s global economy, leadership principles are the same [cf Maxwell J, The 21 irrefutable laws of Leadership 1998 p.xx].
In the same way, whether you are looking at leadership from the individual level, family, community, the principles are the same. Regardless of who occupies a particular headship, if the principles are applied the same result would be achieved. The many clamours all over the place is as a result of the non application of the principles or its wrong application.
To be able to apply the principles of leadership, the Leader must possess these qualities. Without them, the principles that would guide may be wrongly applied and the consequences do not benefit anyone nor does any good to a group. Courage and exemplary character are two of the qualities that can propel correct application of the Leadership principles.
One who lacks courage cannot be a leader. Courage is not about “shoot at sight, stop and search” but it is more about “do not shoot yet”. It is a known saying and rule of engagement that it is better to let the thief go than in the process of shooting him you kill the innocent. It is easier to pull the trigger than to hold and reason. Courageous person dialogues but a timid one dressed in the borrowed robe of courage is always afraid of dialogue.
Those who lack reason rely more on pulling the trigger which at the end does not solve the problem. It takes courage to lead in times of crises and hardship. In the moment emotions and sentiments are usually high; the noises would be much, tempers too would be in crescendo, the reason of the led may be momentarily lost, the sound of drums of war would be loud and amplified but a Leader must remain rational. Every Leader worth the name navigates out of the wood and not into the wood. Every Leader of the same caliber is a problem solver and trouble shooter.
Human resources are the strength of Nations and no Nation can afford the wastage of her human resources under any guise with shoot at sight order. Good thief does not kill the one he steals from so that he can equally remain in business. If you kill the person you steal from, from whom do you steal tomorrow to remain in business? If you kill the one you oppress today, who will you oppress tomorrow since oppression is what you live for and work for. One who possesses courage does not presume. Following courage is exemplary character, which involves honesty and integrity. “When words conform to reality, it is honesty and when reality conform to words, it is integrity”
Leadership in time of crises and hardship demands vision, foresight and focus. According to Leroy Eims, “a leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others do”. What does it imply to see more (vision), to see farther (foresight) and to see before? Visionary people identify beforehand problems and have the creative spark to deliver a successful solution to those problems. This mean solving a problem even before the peoples begin to realise that it is a problem or better put, they do not solve problems, rather they prevent problems. It is not enough to have vision and foresight, one must be focused. Many things unnecessary distract one who is not focused
A good Leader values silence. In silence there is eloquence, noise creates illusion, but one can listen to silence and learn from it. The irony of our world today is that many that claim to be leaders know what leadership is but do not know what it is not. Knowing what something is was thought to be equivalent to knowing what it is not but such a belief has failed humanity. There leadership more in calming the tensed nerve than in tensing the enraged nerve. It takes a studied silence to solve a problem than unintelligible speeches. There are many speeches today that are more unintelligible than intelligible silence. In intelligible silence reason is put into use, solutions sought and battles won without pulling the trigger.
Why do many leaders fail today, they lack the aptitude of thoughtful silence, intelligent silence and studied silence. The much silence they exhibit is stupid silence that is full of noise without calculation. Such silence makes use of the mouth more than the mind. In a situation of uncertainty, it is unfortunate, everybody becomes experts without experience.
Experts without experience cannot offer a bloodless solution. They command from different angles that have no vantage. Vantage means a position giving strategic advantage, commanding perspective, or comprehensive view. The social media is awash with different information, that some are more harmful than the real happenstance.
Leaders are always in command position. Their words are command. Their silence too are command, their body language are command. This being the case every leader must realise that, “a wrong command at a wrong time leads to disaster, a right command at the wrong time, brings resistance, a wrong command at the right time is a mistake but a right command at the right time brings success”. Crises moment breeds many commanders, makeshift commanders that even may lack the comprehensive knowledge of the issues they command.
Leadership in time of crises is more of a thing of making use of the head than making use of the mouth. With use of mouth only and alone, a wrong signal full of enthusiasm but devoid of reality may be given and the consequences are always tragic. It is better to talk weak and do great exploit than to talk tough but lack what it takes to defend self or others. Propaganda is a veritable tool for action but he who allows the battle to be fought in his own home knows that he has much to lose even when he wins.
Leaders are crises managers. In crises moment, the line of action is sometime loosely defined but every struggle needs fine tuning. The victim should protect the follow victim and not to victimized a fellow victim.