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Fr. Nnaukwu @25: Ezenwata preaches peace for development - ITREALMS

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Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ezenwata has called on all indigenes and residents of Awba-Ofemili in Awka-North Local Government Area of Anambra State to embrace peace for sustainable development of the agrarian town, reports ITREALMS.

Fr. Ezenwata, made this call at the sermon he gave to mark the celebration of 25th priestly ordination of Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Chitoolisa Nnaukwu at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Awba-Ofemili.

According to him, there may not be meaningful development in any community without peaceful co-existence.

Ezenwata who is of Awka diocese, urged all to join forces to ensure peace prevail in the families and Awba-Ofemili in particular through actions and utterances, stressing that a house divided within itself will collapse.

The readings of the day were taken from first John 2:3-11, responsorial psalm from 96:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 and gospel taken from Luke 4:16-22.

The event chaired by the former Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sir Mekoh Nnamdi Augustine witnessed the cutting of silver jubilee cake supervised by Chief Edmond Nnamdi Okafor, with Chief Benard Chidebe as the father of the day while Mrs. Rita Okoye was the mother of the day was widely attended from the celebrants colleagues, friends and families from near and far as well as the Parish Priest of St. Paul Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Colman Onuegbu, was compered by Anaelo KC Nwannelo.

ITREALMS recalls that Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Nnaukwu is the second indigenous priest from Awba-Ofemili, following the footstep of Very Rev. Msgr. B.K. Nwakonobi, whereas Rev. Sister Felicia Madubuchi as the first indigenous sister, while Rev. Sr. Rosecatherine Nwakonobi as the second indigenous sister.

Born at Umuchibu village, Awba-Ofemili to the family of Nnaukwu and Monica Nw’obialu Maduagana on January 6, 1963, Fr. Alex was ordained into the Catholic priesthood in 1993 for the Catholic diocese of Awka, Anambra State-Nigeria.

Currently, Fr. Alex is the academic dean of school of Philosophy and Religion at Charisma University, Turks and Caicos Island, British West Indies.

Additionally, he is the adjunct clergy of the Catholic diocese of San Bernardino, State of California and presently a board certified chaplain (BCC) with State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations at the Ironwood State Prison.

He was formerly a chaplain at Hackensack University Medical Centre in Hackensack, Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, State of New Jersey between 2006 and 2013.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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