Archbishop tasks knights on care for less privileged persons

Christians have been urged to defend the poor and less privileged in society as part of upholding the tenet of Christianity. Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Benin and Catholic Bishop President Conference of Nigeria, Dr. Augustine Akubueze, made the remarks while addressing members of the Knights of Saint John (KSJ) during the inaugural 4th Degree Exemplification admittance in Benin City.
He said Knights should endure suffering and hardship no matter the conditions and remain committed in defending less privileged persons. He stated that Knights of the church are known for defending the faith, as they work closely with the church hierarchy to spread the good news around the world.
Also, 14 Reverend Fathers recently celebrated their 20 years priestly ordination anniversary at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Aruogba in Benin City. Among the priests are Rev Fr. Andrew Ihonda-Ovienloba, Matthew Ihensekhien, Michael Oyanoafoh, Theophilus Itaman, Paul Abhulimen, Joseph Okojie, Andrew Adubale, Simon-Peter Osinde, Andrew Obinyan, Daniel Ewah, Godrick Shaba, Andrew Asine, Reymond Ikponwoba and Rev Fr. Jonas Nwaiwu.
The celebrators who expressed their gratitude to God, said they were 26 who attended the seminary in 1988, but only 14 of them were ordained in 1998 by Most Rev. Patrick Ekpu at St. Albert Catholic church in Benin city.
Rev. Fr. Ihonda-Ovienloba, the host, said his father was one of those who posed a big challenge to him during his sojourn in the seminary, but his mother was very encouraging in his pursuit to become a priest.

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