Thirty-Seven men, many of them married, were commissioned as Catechists at the Catechetical Training Centre, Malumfashi, Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.
The Centre is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria. It admits and trains Catechists as first agents of evangelization. The candidates are drawn from different Catholic Dioceses in the country.
The 37 who were commissioned on Friday went through the formation for two years. They were taught the basics of many courses on evangelization, leadership, communication, the Sacraments and other doctrines of the Catholic Church.
At the graduation on Friday, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah enjoined them to try to represent the Church wherever they find themselves in the course of their service.
He also told them to ensure they put into practice all that they learnt in theory, adding that they should not allow mundane things to distract them from their commitment to God.
Their assignment Bishop Kukah said is not a rosy one as there will be times of sour grapes experiences. He appealed to the spouses of the catechists to support their husbands in the call they have taken upon themselves.