Ezeokafor blesses Divine Mercy Compassion Home, Amawbia, calls for financial support
By Regina Igwebuike :
Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Sept. 27, 2020 (MOI) Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese has blessed Divine Mercy Compassion Home, Amawbia while calling for more financial support for the upkeep of the orphanage.
The event, which took place at the orphanage on Sept. 26, had in attendance priests, the religious and lay faithful.
The home, formally a bungalow of four rooms and parlour was donated to the Congregation of Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy sisters by Mr Mike Odoh and inaugurated by Bishop Ezeokafor on Nov. 15, 2014.
The new structure, a two storey building was erected out of a glaring need to have a more conducive environment for the increased population of the children and staff members of the home.
Speaking during a Concelebrated Mass, the bishop said that training of children required gradual process and tact, emphasising that anything carefully done would bear good fruit, advising all to avoid shortcuts as it did not pay.
The prelate commended the children that took the first reading and the responsorial psalm, noting that `a male chick starts from hatchery’, praising the management for their upbringing.
Ezeokafor, while enjoining all to do corporal works of mercy, especially in the orphanage, noted that good foundation mattered to avoid collapse in the later stages of life.
The bishop, then, thanked all, who in one way or another contributed to the erection of the edifice, praying God to reward them immensely.
Regional Superior DMMM, Rev. Sr. Callistus Nwezeakor thanked Bishop Ezeokafor for his fatherly care and support, praying God to continue to strengthen him as he piloted the affairs of the Diocese.
Sr. Nwezeakor explained that the prelate supported the orphanage with palliatives to cushion the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
She noted that the Bishop's love for orphans made him assign another orphanage in Nimo to them to manage.
The Regional Superior thanked the priests of both St. Edward Amawbia and St. John Umuokpu for their understanding toward supporting the home.
She also thanked Mr Odoh and the Odumodu family for their generosity to the orphanage.
Matron of the orphanage, Rev. Sr. Chizorom Ugwu thanked the bishop for availing himself in spite of his tight schedule in coming to bless the home.
She said that although they completed the building, the congregation was still facing some challenges including a lack of bus/car, solar panels/generator, feeding the inmates as well as school fees/tuition for some of their children.
The matron solicited money to enable them to defray the bill incurred by one of the inmates at the Joyville Specialist Hospital, Okpuno.
Earlier the Parish Priest of St Edward Amawbia, Rev. Fr. Fredrick Anawonah, where the orphanage was situated and thanking all especially, the bishop for gracing the occasion.
He said that he was optimistic that those present must have learnt something from the Bishop's homily, especially as it concerned love of God, man and the Corporal works of mercy.
The cleric pleaded with the government, individuals, groups and organisations for financial and material support for the upkeep of the orphanage. (MOI)