As Retirement Beckons , Bishop Okpala Perfoms His Last Confirmation /Induction Ceremony
By Dozie Alutu
His Grace, Most Rev. Prof. G.I.N Okpala (JP) OON. The Bishop Of The Nnewi Anglican Diocese and The Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Niger on Sunday 5th May, 2019, hosted his last Confirmation ceremony and induction/admission ceremonies into the various Organizations within the communion, at the Cathedral Church of St. Mary’s , Uruagu Nnewi.
The Organisations within the Communion are Women’s guild (WG), girls guild (GG), Anglican Men’s Fellowship (AMF), and YMCF (Young Men Christian Fellowship) .
You May also recall That Anaedoonline.com reported about the imminent retirement of the Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Prof G.I.N Okpala (JP) OON, later this year.
Delivering his sermon at this event which saw the confirmation of 253 persons , admission of 94 women into women’s guild, 57 girls into Girl’s Guild, 5 men into Anglican Men’s Fellowship and 14 boys into the Young Men Christian Fellowship , The Bishop reminded the communicants about the essence of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ , urging them to start a fresh life in Jesus. He also asked them to always renew their faith.
In his own words, Bishop Okpala said, “Jesus Christ, who God sent to die our supposed death so as to wipe away our sins for us to truly become children of God. There is no other way we can become children of God. This is our central theme and we have come today for renewal service.”
“First, these children receiving Sacrament of Confirmation today were baptized when they were infants. Their godfathers and mothers received some promises on their behalf but now they have come on their own to receive this sacrament by themselves. They have come before us today for them to renew those promises they made during their baptism for them to start a new beginning of life in Christ.”
Speaking Further , he said ” This is also the promise made by members of different societies in the church such as brigadiers, women guild, Anglican men’s fellowship, etc. On their day of promise, they pledged to be an active member of the church, community, and society at large and also to lead others to Christ.”