Connect with us


Catholic bishop bans priests from conducting crusades



Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Callistus Onaga

“Do not adopt the Pentecostal approach of service, and be careful in forming prayer groups” he warns

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Callistus Onaga, on Saturday banned priests from conducting crusades in their parishes.

Mr Onaga announced the ban in his homily at the ordination of 26 priests and the celebration of 50 years anniversary of the Sacred Heart Seminary, Nsude (Junior Seminary) in Enugu.

He charged the priests to organise retreats for their parishioners and pay greater attention to prayers and not hold crusades.

Mr Onaga who was celebrating his 55th alma mater warned priests against forming prayer groups, but to take their members to approved prayer places like Ugwu Dì Nso, monastery and others.

“Do not adopt the Pentecostal approach of service, and be careful in forming prayer groups,’’ he charged.

He admonished the newly-ordained priests to seek spiritual holiness and avoid being dragged into secular affairs.

Although Mr Onaga did not give reason for the ban, it is believed that the bishop’s action may be connected to the conflict the church had lately with an outspoken priest, Ejike Mbaka, who ran a Pentecostal-styled ministry, the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, with fanatical following from Catholic faithful.

Mr Mbaka’s followers once stormed the streets of Enugu and pelted stones at the bishop’s residence over the priest’s “disappearance”.

Earlier, the rector of the seminary, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Onodugo said the seminary was the brain-child of Bishop of Enugu, Godfrey Okoye, of blessed memory, in 1972.

He stated that since 1972, priests and lay persons that went through the seminary had graduated into reputable personalities.

“Today, the seminary can boast of at least one bishop who was among the second set to study in this seminary, and that is Bishop Onaga.

“We are also celebrating the grand finale of our golden jubilee which started since June, 27.

“Today, our dear bishop raised 26 deacons to the Order of Priesthood and we are happy that such event is happening in our time,’’ Mr Onodugo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bishop Onaga was among the second set of students to be admitted into the seminary in 1973.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Rt. Rev. Nkechi Nwosu enthroned as first Female Bishop of Methodist Church



•Right Reverend Nkechi Nwosu

The Methodist Church Nigeria, Archdiocese of Kaduna, has produced the first female bishop that will preside over the Diocese of Jos.

Right Reverend Nkechi Nwosu was formally enthroned as the Bishop of Jos by the Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Reverend Joseph Nnonah at the Christ Methodist Cathedral Church in Jos, North Central Nigeria.

The church service is to formally give effect to the decision of the biennial Conference of Methodist Church Nigeria that was held in 2022 where Nwosu was elected as the Bishop of Jos.

Members of the Diocese of Jos converged to witness the enthronement service as the Archbishop of Kaduna archdiocese formally pronounced the Bishop Nwosu to oversee the Jos diocese.

In her remarks, Nowsu said God has made all humans equals. She encouraged all Nigerians to always seeks the face of God, especially as the general elections begin on February 25.

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do,” the new bishop stated.

“Do that so that God will use us and anybody he will put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa, and the world.”

With the Enthronement Act administered on the bishop as directed by the conference and in consequence of the will and consent of the Diocese of Jos; the bishop thereafter officially commenced the spiritual activities as the Bishop of Jos diocese which she sees as a privilege in the propagation of the gospel without any prejudice.

Continue Reading


Mbaka back to Enugu after eight-month suspension



Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka

The priest and spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, has returned from the monastery after eight months of suspension.

The catholic priest arrived the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu Wednesday morning where he was received by many of his supporters, who converged to welcome him.

Recall that Enugu Catholic Diocese shut his Adoration Ministry on June 3, 2022, and banned Mbaka from commenting on political issues.

The Church later reopened the ministry and turned it into Chaplaincy to monitor the excesses in the ministry.

Later in October, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, asked Mbaka to proceed to the monastery for more revelations concerning his ministry.

Rev Fr Anthony Amadi was consequently named to replace him as the new chaplain of the Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy.

Consequently, Rev. Fr. Anthony Amadi was named to replace him (Mbaka) as the new chaplain of the Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy.

Mbaka thereafter moved to a Monastery in Benin, Edo state from where he travelled overseas.

He was spotted at a Monastery in Los Angeles, US where he reportedly attended a retreat in November last year.

Continue Reading


Helen Ayo Oritsejafor breaks silence on divorce rumour



Helen and Ayo Oritsejafor

Helen, the wife of Ayo Oritsejafor, the Nigerian pastor, has dismissed viral claims that she is set to divorce her husband.

Oritsejafor is the founding and senior pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Delta state.

He is also a former national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).

Rumours recently swirled that the cleric and his wife ended their marriage of 25 years over infidelity.

It was also rumored that Helen had moved out of their matrimonial home.

But in a Facebook post on Monday, Helen described the reports of a divorce with Pastor Oritsejafor as “fake, malicious, and unthinkable”.

“Fam, my attention has been drawn to the fake and malicious news making rounds on blogs, social media platforms and the newspapers against my character and that of my family. It’s totally unbelievable, reprehensible and unthinkable and it’s important that I make the facts clear,” she wrote.

“I am a wife, a mother and a woman of God, and I uphold the tenets of my Christian faith and marriage. My family and home is the most important part of my life.

“I therefore appeal to everyone to put our interest and that of our lovely kids, above the need to profit from this baseless endeavor. My Husband and I are not divorced, unless people get divorced on social media and I have never been unfaithful to my husband, whom I love very dearly,” she wrote.

Helen said she has informed her lawyers to take legal action against those who circulated the divorce rumours.

“These are works of the devil and his agents to dent my character and good works. Over the years, I have committed my time and resources towards reaching out to the needy, providing support to widows and giving scholarships to orphans,” she added.

“I have also taught and mentored a lot of young women on the principles of building and living happily with their spouses through my various platforms both on and offline. I cannot go against my own beliefs.

“I plead with the general public to give my family the privacy it needs and disregard cheap attempts to dent my image. In retrospect to the fake news, I have briefed my lawyers and all necessary legal actions are being taken. Thank you all and stay blessed,” she added.

Opeyemi Falegan, the politician and brother to Helen, had also debunked the rumour that his sister was set to divorce Pastor Oritsejafor.

Continue Reading