THE BISHOP ORDAINS TWO PRIESTS
The ordination of the Rev. Frs., which marked one of the first major pastoral giant strides, undertaken by the bishop, in his six-month pastoral leadership in the diocese, since June 30, last year, also came shortly at the height of the new year mood.
Delivering a homily at the Mass attended by thousands of delighted faithful and guests, Msgr. Lawrence Adesina charged priests to always respect and obey their sacred Oath of celibacy, in their daily pastoral obligations of true Catholicism, in a world of possible deceits.
He stressed that in God's wisdom, He elects priests to undertake the difficult obligation of priesthood as Good Shepherds, to guide the spiritual development of the Universal Catholic Church family, but observed that the journey was full of crises.
" Like Prophet Aaron who was chosen to go into the world to grow good fruits, we all know how difficult the job of priesthood is but all must continually pray for them, because it is not easy doing the job well. Prayer for priests is like connecting the hot electric power unto their bodies to wear as clothes." He stressed.
The Msgr. explained that Christ had taken the delicate assignment after his baptism in the River Jordan, fasting and praying for forty days and nights in the garden of Gethsemane; noting that Christ had refused Satan's temptations, to try God and conquer the world, thus ensuing in the failure of the former.
Also speaking at the service, bishop Oyejola expressed delight at the assistance he has been receiving from all the priests in the diocese, particularly from the Vicar-General Fr. Thaddeus Ajayi; Vocation Director, Fr. Augustine Ogundele; and Chairman, Osun State Christian Association of Nigeria, OSCAN, Fr. Michael Okodua; and prayed for the new priests, before whom he also knelt in prayer and for God's blessing.
At the zenith of the programme, the church was greeted by a joyful applause, choir and the faithful melodious song rendition and dance: 'enyin ara e yo; Jesu o se, ti o kami ye', all wearing a beautiful smile in bow response by the celebrants.
The bishop also specifically expressed his profound gratitude to the families of the two young priests, particularly the Owalare of Ilare-Ijesa, Oba Emmanuel Adejoro Otebolaku; for dedicating their children to the Lord's Vineyard, and urged others to emulate the financial and prayerful sacrifices of training priests; and the religious in the diocese.
In an interview with Journalists shortly after the ordination, Bishop Oyejola stressed that the faith of a good Christian must be registered in Jesus Christ the last vision, adding that there was no other prophesy apart from his, as written in the book of Hebrew, Chapter 1.
Among priests who graced the programme were the Rector, SS Peter & Paul Major Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan, Very Revd. Fr. Francis Adesina; among no fewer than 50 other priests from inside and outside the diocese, as well as a the traditional ruler of Ijare-Ijesa Oba Otebolaku.
It would be recalled that before their elevation into priesthood, the duo had been raised to the Order of diaconate in their nine year each training, by the Metropolitan See of Ibadan Archdiocese, Archbishop Gabriel 'Leke Abegunrin on January 3, 2016, at St. Augustine Catholic Church Ipetumodu, Osun State.
BISHOP OYEJOLA ORDAINS FIVE DEACONS
The ordinands were Deacons Peter Abiona OlaOluwa, Oladele Michael Ige, Ndidiaha Nicholas Nwogu, Funso Michael Odusanwo and Olufemi Simeon Oyetunmbi .
Congratulating them, Bishop Oyejola enjoined them to remain focused and dedicated to their vocation, and also commended thanked his predecessor, the Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Archbishop Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin for he his only building on the good foundation he has laid down.
Delivering his homily at the ordination Mass, one of the bishop’s secretaries, Rev Fr. Joseph Ochonogor advised the deacons to be effective evangelizers, generous as Deacons and were entrusted the ministry of charity.
He enjoined them to lead by examples, put the words of God which they preach into practice and most importantly have a good relationship with Christ himself.
Fr. Ochonogor also advised all Christians to make God their priority as every Catholic faithful’s charging point is the Blessed Sacrament while the fuel is Christ himself.
Expressing their heartfelt gratitude each of the deacons in their separate interviews gave all glory to the almighty God for Him alone has made the day a reality, even though they felt unworthy, He made them worthy to be evangelizers of Christ.
They appreciated Archbishop Abegunrin and Bishop Oyejola for their fatherly role, Priests and everyone that has contributed to the success and most especially their parents and families.
It was after the Mass that Bishop Oyejola announced that the Vocations Director Rev. Fr. Augustine Ogundele will be out of the country for a while when Rev. Fr. Ochonogor will be the Interim Vocations Director, similarly Rev Fr. Paul Idowu Awowole will also go for Sabbatical leave.
The great occasion was witnessed by about 50 Priests, the religious and well wishers.
BISHOP OYEJOLA INSTALLED AS 2ND CATHOLIC BISHOP IN TWO DECADES
The witnesses joined the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese Oyo State, Very Rev. Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin, and the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Dr. Augusine Kasujja amidst hundreds of thousands of other dignitaries who were on hand to wish the new bishop and faithful a happy celebration.
As history was being made again in the diocese for the second time in 21 years after the first bishop Rev. Abegunrin was ordained in the ancient town, Bishop Oyejola made history as the second bishop of the diocese on June 30, 2016, taking his religious Oath before all and sundry, many others who watched the ceremony live on stand-by mobile giant television screens and homes.
And in his moment of emotional joy, the new bishop had laid flat on a mat spread before the faithful and invited guests to see, took his Oath of Office including his Staff in a public proclamation before the world, and wept.
The new bishop who was born about 53 years ago in Surulere area of the Lagos mainland, was ordained amidst the well-wishers, many who had travelled for thousands of kilometers to seeing the fulfillment of God’s presence and mercies on His people.
The process of the ordination had commenced with the principal consecrator, Most Rev. Abegunrin who until the recent ordination, was the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, instructing three priests to read out the Bull (Letter of Appointment) confirming the candidacy of the bishop by the Pope Francis, to the high position.
The priests including Fr. Kenneth Adesina, Fr Peter Adeyemi and Fr. Paul Akinyodee had read the letter in Latin, English and Yoruba languages to the admiration of the faithful and guests.
In a homily, Rev. Fr. Prof. Anthony Akinwale OP, described the new bishop as a brave man, stressing that he was one worth a person becoming a bishop.
He charged thee bishop to be a prophet who speaks the mind of God to the people and not a spokesman of any political party, who believed in telling people only what they wanted to hear, but what they needed to hear and must listen to God directly, not his own opinion.
Rev. Adesina added that the bishop must not only be a prophet but also a good shepherd, one who listens prayerfully to people’s need, because a shepherd listens to his flocks.
He also advised the faithful in the diocese to cooperate with the new bishop and support him to move the diocese to a greater height, in love and faithfulness.
Soon after the letter was read to the bishop and he confirmed understanding it, Archbishop Abegunrin led the process of hands-laying and the accompanying formal investiture.
Present at the occasion were the Osun state Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his deputy, Otunba Titi Laoye-Tomori; the chief judge Adepele Ojo and the head of service Mr.Sunday Owoeye among many other dignitaries present..
Speaking, Otunba Laoye-Tomori expressed appreciation to God for making the day a success and commended all present including Archbishop Abegunrin, the Apostolic Nuncio Most Rev. Augustine Kasujja, bishop Emeritus Julius Adelakun, all other Bishops, Priests and everyone present at the great occasion.
NEW DIOCESAN SECRETERIAT IS COMMISSIONED
At the moderate quiet re-commissioning of the renovated old bishop house split into nine departments, linking the bishop's new office constructed in 29 days at the Oke Ayepe, Osogbo, and commissioned last week, all the Reverend Frs, religious and laity present, had exchanged banters in their joy, praying and singing for God's continued blessings on the diocese.
As usual, bishop Oyejola had appeared simple but on stand directing affairs, as he appointed the Chairman, Osun State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Odianosen Okodua, to lead a prayer session commissioning the secretariat complex.
Shortly after, the he had also directed the Director, St. Benedict's Cathedral, Popo, Osogbo, Rev. Fr. Paul Awowole, to cut the entrance tape, signalising the commencement of the programme, which led to a tour and blessing of all the offices, before a gathering of the very delighted guests present.
Also, Rev. Fr. Joseph Ochonogor had read the creation of man in Genesis Chapter 1 vs 7-31 and all present sang in unison: "Ose o Jesu, ao maa yin o."
Earmarked for official use at the beautifully equipped secretariat, the bishop's new office and his two secretaries offices, include the Vicar-General, Chancellor, Evangelisation/Bible, Youth, Directorate of Religious Education, DRE, Communications, Pontifical Missionary Societies, PMS, Inter-religious Dialogue, IRD, Ecumenism, Refectory, lobby, Chapel, Open Office, conveniences and Reception, all bearing their door tag names and information hanging cubicles of the diocesan parishes, hospitals and schools.
In an interview, Very Rev. Frs. Nicholas Okesola and Okodua described the dream behind the secretariat as good, Prof. Dele Ige said the bishop had displayed that he is a man of action and early too; Sr. Mary Elizabeth Akinlotan FS, said she feels great and fulfilled, President of the diocesan Catholic Women Organisation, CWO, Mrs. Mary Ololade Olabampe said she is happy at the programme.
FR JOSEPH FANIRAN CELEBRATES 40TH PRIESTLY ANIIVERSARY
He made the assertion at the 40th Priestly Ordination Anniversary of Rev. Fr. Faniran, at St. Nicholas Pro Cathedral Otan-Ayegbaju, on December 26, 2016 and launch of a 189- page biography on Fr. Faniran titled: 'Iconic Charisma in the service of God' written by Rev. Fr. Peter Adeyemi.
In a homily, Archbishop Abegunrin described the priest as a gentle, patient and intelligent brother, born with a good heart, living in the will of Christ, who has called him to the Vineyard.
Quoting copiously John 15 vs. 16, heexplained that Fr. Faniran's disposition to living has been based on the fact that, he always believes that “You did not choose me, no, I chose you and commissioned you. God chooses him and he did not choose God, neither did he choose himself”.
The Prelate admonished his brother priests to believe that was the only way to see the burden of Christ, being the light and the load being made easy.
Also speaking on behalf of the Communications Apostolate in Africa, Oyo diocese Catholic bishop, Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoye Badejo, expressed profound appreciation to Dr. Faniran for a good job done in the commission.
He also congratulated him saying, the celebrant represented a role model in social communications, especially in attaining the communications apostolate through God's blessing in approval.
Meanwhile, Fr. Faniran currently the Deputy Rector of Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port-Harcourt, Rivers state; and the Dean Faculty of Arts of the Institution, appreciated all guests and recounted his past in God's blessing.
He recalled in particular the experience of 13 seminarian colleagues, who had left their studies midway and he too was advised against emulating them when he wanted to do so.
Congratulating the celebrant, bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. John Akin Oyejola, said his biography would be incomplete if he failed to mention the celebrant, who has remained his great pillar.
He also commended the Archbishop, bishop Badejo, no fewer than 50 priests, the religious, faithful and guests present to add glamour to the event.
FR OKODUA BECOMES THE STATE CAN CHAIRMAN
Besides the inauguration of his 20-member executive, the programme also witnessed a special edition of an award ceremony at the Owode-Ede, Osogbo, state secretariat of the association.
Under the tenure, Fr. Okodua will lead the executive council officers in the next four years, effective November 15, 2016, when the life was constituted.
Among the council executives include the 1st Vice Chairman Ven. E.O Falola, Rev. J.O. Adeniyi was inducted as 2nd Vice Chairman and Pastor (Dr) P.F Usman (Jp) inducted the Secretary and 16 others.
Also inducted include the Parochial Vicar, St. Benedict's Catholic Cathedral, Popo, Osogbo, who also holds the post of the Director of Information & Research, Rev. Fr. Julius Soladoye; and a Catholic faithful Mr. N.A. Owoofe inducted as the youth leader.
In an address at the programme, graced by scores of Christian leaders and faithful in the country, the homilist and Catholic bishop of Osogbo diocese, Most Rev. John Akin Oyejola, stressed the need for unity and collaboration among religious leaders in Nigeria, the diversity notwithstanding.
Represented by Rev. Fr. Peter Adeyemi, Bishop Oyejola, stressed that unity was a catalyst for a successful work for God and government.
In reference to the theme elected for the event: “The dry bones shall live again” (Ezekiel 27:5), the bishop urged all Christians, to rise in unity and remain always available in the service of Christ, despite the current temporary economic crisis.
Bishop Oyejola advised all to be true Christians, shun all forms of corruption, posing a stake against the God's love.
He specifically enjoined the State Council of CAN, to remain as a leader in the promotion and obedience of the acts of God's rules, to restore life into the dry bones among Christianity in the state, nation and world.
The bishop stressed that the CAN, being the administrative head of all Christians in the states and world, represented a light of the world, and must strive to combat all forms of corruption and its vestiges.
Among special guests who bagged awards include the State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Elder Peter Adebayo Babalola and some others.
In his inaugural speech, the OSCAN Chairman, Fr. Okodua called for excellent cooperation among the group, to enhance its aims and objectives.
He expressed profound appreciation to his predecessor in Office, Rev. Dr. Elisha Ogundiya and council members for a job well done and assured his best in office, through the help of God.
Other guests who graced the event were the National President of the association, Dr. Olasupo Ayokunle, who was represented by Pastor Benjamin Akanmu; Bishops, Priests, Reverend gentlemen and politicians cutting across all Christian denominations.
OPENING OF THE MARIAN YEAR
Two deacons, Reverends Barnabas Oluwatosin Atoyebi and Philip Oluwatosin Fayanju, were ordained Catholic priests by the Osogbo Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. John Akin Oyejola, at the St. Benedict's Cathedral Church, Popo, Osogbo, on January 6, this year.
Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Osogbo Most Rev. John Akinkunmi Oyejola, has ordained five Seminarians as Deacons of the Church, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church Ifetedo Osun State, on Friday 21st April 2017, the first ordination preceding his one year anniversary as the bishop of the diocese on June 30, 2017.
A sea of heads within the Catholic Church in Nigeria and abroad; and other faithful, including Muslims, witnessed the formal Episcopal ordination and installation of the Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, at the St. Benedict Cathedral, Popo, Osogbo, Osun State, on June 30, this year.
Barely five months into the ordination of the Catholic Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev. John Akinkunmi Oyejola, the diocesan secretariat and Bishop's new Office have been commissioned simultaneously, to serve the pastoral departments heads official programmes.
The Archbishop of Ibadan Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev. Gabriel 'Leke Abegunrin, has declared that Rev. Fr. Joseph Oladejo Faniran is a priest, chosen by God as a precious gift to the church.
Vicar-General Emeritus, Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Odianosen Okodua, has been inducted as the Chairman, Osun State Christian Association of Nigeria, (OSCAN).
The Catholic Diocese of Osogbo celebrates the Marian Year on Thursday 25th April, 2017.