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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.
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.