Three priests were ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria. The Diocese of Sokoto covers four states in the Northwest – Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states. It has the largest land mass.
During the ceremony, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah commended the courage of the young men in answering God’s call to the vocation of priesthood.
Most Reverend Kukah urged all priests of the Catholic church to live above board as models for the lay faithful in all that they do. To ensure that they feel what the people feel and minister to them properly, he said priests should be up to date in information on developments in education, politics, the economy and even prices of foodstuff and things of value and concern to the faithful.
He advised the new priests to see themselves as servants and beacons of hope to the faithful at all times, even when their comfort is tasked.
Bishop Kukah further said it is God who calls people to service. He said it is a sad reality that some people got into positions of power but that rather than serve the people, they bring to play bigotry, ethnicity and selfishness, thereby alienating the larger major of the population which they should serve.
The ordination of Reverends Reuben Amodu and Paschal Salifu, both of Kogi State and Solomon Chieve from Benue State was held at the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, Sokoto. Forty five priests from across Sokoto Diocese and other Dioceses joined in the celebration.
The ordination of three new priests Thursday brings to 52, the number of priests serving in the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto. Friends, families and parents of the new priests were on hand to witness the ordination.