By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”THEÂ Catholic Diocese of Warri, Delta State, will today celebrate the canonical installation of Most Rev. John Afareha as the new Bishop of the diocese.
Chancellor of the church, Very Rev. Bernard Olagba, who briefed newsmen in Warri said, â€œwhat we are preparing for is the public celebration of the appointment and installation of Most Rev. Afareha as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Warri.
â€œIt is a big thanksgiving day with Catholics and non-Catholics, government functionaries, civil society, traditional rulers, family, friends and well wishers coming together to celebrate this God-given grace.â€
He, however, said the office of the Bishop is usually a very challenging one and called for assistance in the forms of prayers and finance for Afareha to meet the challenges ahead.
Rev. Olagba, who said the church was expecting the Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama and Catholic Bishops across the country to grace the occasion, pointed out that the Warri diocese was lacking in infrastructural developmentÂ and would want men of goodwill, within and outside the diocese, â€œto come to our aid in any means to help build the diocese.”
â€œWe have no functional Bishopâ€™s Court, secretariat/chancery office, pastoral centre, and priestsâ€™ retirement centreâ€, he lamented, adding, â€œapart from infrastructural issues, the bishop is also challenged with the issues of training of seminarians, further training for priests and taking care of retired priestsâ€, he added.