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.