Bishop Badejo commissions a micro finance multi-purpose investment
The Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo commissioned and unveiled the Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Limited (AMMIL) at the new building, opposite UBA bank, Owode, Oyo, Oyo state on the 18th of September,2018. The Micro Finance institution which was regarded as a herald of a new dawn in the history of the Diocese is aimed at creating wealth, through advisory service, investment and loan facilities to eligible individual and groups irrespective of gender, age and religion.
The event commenced with the Holy Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Ibadan, His Grace, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin as the Chief Celebrant, the Catholic bishop of Oyo diocese Most. Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo who is also the legal holder of AMMIL (Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Limited), Monsignors and priests within and outside the diocese as co-celebrants. The homilist of the day, Monsignor Emmanuel Yakubu described the establishment as the essence for which Christ has created the Church, which is re-creating the world, contributing to the development and lifting up of human life. He analyzed the evangelization format into two dimension which are the anthropological and theological dimension and of which the Micro-finance Bank is based on the anthropological dimension, that is the social study of humanity, caring for the needs of others as Christ as rightly said ‘’if you do these to the least of my brothers, you do it to me’’ (Matthew 25:40). He said the aim of the Church towards re-ordering the world has been made manifest in the establishment of the Ave Maria Micro-Finance Institution, which is intended to enable more people have access to common resources and to live a good and happy life; that is reaching out mostly to people at the grass root level. He then enjoined everybody to see this as a great instrument of evangelization, reaching out to people in promoting human dignity and to always put-on the armour of prayer which is the theological dimension of the evangelical format.
After the celebration of the Holy Mass, various remarks were given from those who constitute the board of members and from the various customers of the financial institution which includes the Okada riders, food vendors, Onimaalu in which all commended the effort of Rev.Fr Gabriel Adeleke, the coordinator of JDPM and the staffs for their foresight in creating the remarkable intervention program. They further expressed their assurance that the institution will go a long way in improving the life of the people in the diocese, Catholics and non-Catholics.
AMMIL which was previously known as Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) is an integral part of Justices, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) and is registered with the corporate affair commission (RC. 158760). Investment opportunities open to customers includes Floating, Gold, Platinum, My kids investment and the likes. Other available services are LOAN PROJECTS such as Kowope, Basiri, Project Financing Scheme and other products.
Bishop Badejo in his words said the Church through the establishment is merely fulfilling her responsibility towards the realization of the will of God and not competing with any business establishment and that is what the Church does all over the world and Oyo will not be an exception. The coordinator of JDPM, Rev.Fr Gabriel Adeleke, also made it known that the Ave Maria Institution is established to collaborate with the government, helping and supporting the people, youths who have ideas but does not have the financial ability, that is promoting human dignity which is the aim of the Church.
The managing director of the financial institution, Mrs Orebiyi Oyekunle Taiwo said the financial institution aim at modernizing those at the grass root level, to enhance local operators by creating various activities for them and helping them financially, providing advisory services which are the sole aim of the institution. The vote of thanks was given by Rev. Sr Victoria Dada SSMA, who on behalf of JDPM of the diocese acknowledged the presence of all who witnessed the program after which the commissioning and unveiling was done by Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo together with all present.
EXCERPTS FROM THE COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA
THEME: DO NOT BE AFRAID, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED” (Deut 31:8).
DATE: 6 To 14 SEPTEMBER, 2018.
VENUE: PINNACLE GUEST INN AND RESORT, SOKOTO, SOKOTO STATE.
By: Rev. Fr. Benjamin Jolasun.
In the face of the prevailing crisis, tensions and anxiety, all Nigerians are invited to put their trust in God, while working hard to build a harmonious and peaceful nation. Deu. 31:8 is a message of assurance.
The thousands of our internally displaced compatriots should be helped by the Government to return to their homes and their land restored to them as quickly as possible and the life and property of every Nigerian citizen should be defended.
Governments at all levels should respect the rights of citizens and groups to practise their religions unhindered.
All should avoid acts of religious fanaticism in order to promote peaceful co-existence and harmony. Religion is a matter of conviction, not coercion.
All forms of pursuit of national interest should be guided by the rule of law and respect for human dignity and development. The legislatures are to enact good laws and abrogate bad ones, so as to ensure order, safety, good conduct and safeguard the Common Good and judiciary should not allow itself to be used as an instrument of subjugation, oppression, discrimination, and injustice.
As we look forward to the elections of 2019, all registered voters are encouraged to ensure that they are equipped with their voter’s card, reject and denounce the illegal practices of selling and buying of votes.
Let all be attentive to the aspirations of the young people, especially those among them who are poor, internally displaced, victims of exploitation, orphans, and migrants. The evils of human trafficking, slavery, drug abuse, war, disease, disability, and illiteracy should be shunned and eradicated.
In the face of the trying moment for the Church, Clergy and Religious should be mindful of their obligation to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven (Matt: 19:12, Can. 277, 1).
It is still possible for all Nigerians to join hands across religious, ethnic and political divides in order to build one, united and robust Nation that all of us would be proud of.
Rev. Fr. Zachariah SAMJUMI of the Catholic Diocese of Yola is the new Secretary General for the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.
Church at various levels, parishes and families, should intensify the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary, practice other forms of devotion to save our country and continue say the “Prayer for Nigeria in Distress,” especially as we approach the Election Year. There is power in Prayer.
THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF OYO UNVEILS AND COMMISSIONS AVE MARIA MULTIPURPOSE INVESTMENT LIMITED
The Justice, Development and Peace Movement of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo commissions and unveils Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Limited,a microcredit Institution with three basic objectives: To provide microcredit services to the active poor in our society.To align with and support Government in achieving 2020 financial inclusion target of millions of Nigerians that are financially excluded.Lastly To float a sustainable project that will sustain the good works of JDPM,Oyo and the Diocese of Oyo as a whole. This will be done by the local Ordinary of the Diocese Most Rev. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo beginning with the Holy Mass on the 18th of September, 2018 at the Venue. Join us as we evangelize through this means
CATHOLIC PRESENCE AT IGBO OLOGUN, SAKI OYO STATE
The untiring labour of Rev. Frs Michael Eke, Martin Badejo and Benedict Joshua to propagate the Catholic faith near and far Saki axis was given a Diocesan stamp when His Lordship, Most Rev Emmanuel Ade Badejo, (together with Frs Olufunmilayo Francis and Martin Badejo), sets his feet on the ancient land of Igbo-Ologun, a town on the hill-top of about 5 minutes drive from Saki. Based on the ardent faith of the family of Pa & Mrs Joseph Akano who had been in contact with Catholicism in Ikirun since their youthful days and upon returning home has secured a piece of land for the church's uses.
Owing to the proximity of the town to Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Wewe in Saki, St. Lawrence's, Saki handed it over to them for easier pastoral care, this was received with joy.
Tuesday 4 September, 2018 was a memorable day of joy, happiness and fulfilment not only for the family of Akano but the entire town of Igbo-Ologun as the Baale, Ologun of Igbo-Ologun together with the Shehu of the town welcomed the entire members of Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Wewe into the town.
Songs of praise, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and the celebration of the Holy Mass were held right infront of Pa Akano's house which is just a stone throw away from the land given to the Church. Prayers were said for the town, the Baale, the Shehu and the Muslim community as well as every soul in the town. It was a great launch of the Catholic faith in the town and to be continued with intense evangelization.
SECAM LAUNCHES GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION IN KAMPALA
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) will launch the continental celebration of its Golden Jubilee at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kampala (Uganda) on the 29 July, 2018.
SECAM was born out of the desire of African Bishops during and after the Second Vatican Council of 1965 to establish a forum in which they could speak with one voice on matters pertaining to the Church in Africa. As a result, in July 1969 in Kampala-Uganda, during the visit of Pope Paul VI, the first by any pontiff to Africa, SECAM was formally launched.
The year-long Jubilee celebration scheduled for the period, 29th July, 2018 to 28th July, 2019 will have as theme; “Church: Family of God in Africa, Celebrate your Jubilee! Proclaim Jesus Christ your Saviour!”
In celebrating the Golden Jubilee of SECAM, each faithful, and every Christian community in Africa and Madagascar, is invited to let the call to this mission resonate in him/her and respond to it with zeal. It will be a time to celebrate in thanksgiving, God’s wonderous deeds, to reflect on the progress made by the Church so far, to seek repentance and conversion in the Continent, and afford all a time for renewed commitment to witness to Christ in Africa and Madagascar.
The Launch of the Golden Jubilee Year will be led by the President of SECAM, Most Rev. Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango, Angola, and the SECAM Standing Committee. They will be joined by the Bishop Presidents and Secretaries General, of SECAM’s eight regions, theologians and the Church leaders and lay people from the host country Uganda.
The launch will be replicated in all dioceses, parishes and churches across Africa, Madagascar and the adjacent islands. A comprehensive program contained in the working document (Instrumentum Laboris) on the celebration shall be widely circulated to animate the celebration down to the grassroots of the Church in Africa.
Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, who is the President of SECAM’s Episcopal Committee on Social Communications (CEPACS) will also represent Nigeria at the launching.
ST. MARY MAGDALENE PARISH, TEDE CELEBRATES MARIAN PILGRIMAGE
The entire Tede community in ATISBO Local Government Area of Oyo State sounded the trumpet of joy as the experience of the usual annual Marian Pilgrimage took a new turn. The annual diocesan Marian Pilgrimage comes up every December. But the members of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Tede inspired by their priests, have now taken the initiative to start celebrating the pilgrimage on parish level once more in the year. They decided to take the opportunity of the end of the first half of the year to thank God, while also putting the second half in the hands of God for his direction, graces and blessing.
This is why all the members of the parish including members from the fifteen outstations gathered between the 29th and 30th of June to celebrate together. The pilgrimage began on the Marian hill where there was Bible service led by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Martin Badejo. The reflection was given by Rev. Fr. Anthony Abegunde on the theme of the pilgrimage, “The Family: A Credible Gospel for Our Community”. In the reflection Fr. Abegunde focused on the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth, in which everyone played the necessary role and especially the Blessed Virgin Mary who did not ever forget her self-dedication to the cause of human salvation, sacrificing her own human comfort to serve God as she bore and took care of Jesus till the end. He challenged the families in the parish to cultivate the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity for these are the means by which they can become credible gospels to their environment. He emphasised that the each family must be focused on living a life of prayer so that they can have a constant link with God and through which they will not find it hard to bond together as members of the same parish, thereby preaching the good news with all they have and are.
After the bible service at the Marian shrine, there was a procession with candles lit, while prayers. Marian hymns and other songs were sang in honor of the Blesssed Mother and in the praise of God. The procession was terminated in the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Tede where there were prayerful activities all through the night. The programme of activities through the night were rosary prayer led by the member of the Holy Childhood Association, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament led by Rev. Fr. Benedict Joshua, the Stations of the Cross led by Rev. Fr. Stephen Oguntoye, Penitential and Healing Service led by Rev. Fr. Peter Akinola, and the Divine Mercy prayers led by Anthony Elias. There was also a special session for catechesis during the night, with group discussions on the theme of the pilgrimage and further questions on some other doctrines of the Church. The pilgrimage was concluded in the morning with the Holy Mass in which Fr. Martin Badejo, delivered the homily encouraging everyone present to take the Blessed Virgin Mary home and do to her what the apostle John did to her after they left the foot of the cross. This according to him is a very good way to strengthen the bond within each family, for where the Blessed Mother is present and revered, faith hope and love always grows strong.
--- Report written by Joseph Adetayo, Raymond Ogunkunle and Bridget Adekunle
CYON OYO DIOCESE HOLDS DIOCESAN BEST TEAM SUMMIT
The Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON) of Oyo Diocese organised the 2018 edition of her annual “Your Best Team Summit” a competitive program designed to improve the youths intellectually on Saturday 7th of July, 2018 at Saint Anne Catholic Church, Iganna, Oyo State.
The program had as contestants four representatives each from Awe, Iseyin, Ijio, Ogbomoso, Oyo and Saki Zones. The participants contested in three different segments. The first was the paper presentation on the topic “The Catholic Youth: The way towards co-responsibility for salvation”, the second was the debate question “In the light of contemporary challenges of self-acclaimed pastors, the Catholic Priesthood has become moribund: A fact or fantasy?” and the third was the off-paper presentations on topics picked by the contestants.
The Communications Director, Sr Eunice Olusola Ikufisile, OSF and Rev. Fr Matthew Ijuo the assistant Parish Priest of St Anne Catholic Church, Iganna were the judges of the Summit. Some of the things that were considered and judged included the diction, appearance, comportment, content, grammar etc.
The assistant Youth Chaplain and Zonal Coordinator of Awe, Rev. Fr John’Toye Olayiwola also made additional corrections on some of the errors made during the competition. All youths present were advised to continue training and developing themselves academically, intellectually and spiritually.
At the end of the Summit, Awe Zone came 1st with 85.3 points, followed by Ogbomoso Zone with 79.8 points and Iseyin with 77 points came 3rd. With 74.5 points Saki came 4th while Oyo and Ijio came 5th and 6th respectively with 66.8 points and 66.7 points. Certificates were awarded to the zones that took the first, second and third positions.
- Festus Oyelakin
OYO DIOCESE ORGANISES QUIZ COMPETITION FOR SCHOOLS
“Catholic education is above all a question of communicating, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.” Pope John Paul II
In view of this, the Directorate of Religious Education of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo organized bible and religious education quiz competition for all Catholic primary and secondary schools within the diocese with the aim of encouraging both students and pupils to develop more interest in the bible and in religious educations matters. Also the program was designed to test students and pupils ability in our various Catholic schools on the knowledge of the bible and religious education matter.
The quiz competition was in two categories for both Primary and Secondary schools. The zonal completion was held in the various zones on the 20th of June, 2018 for both Primary and secondary simultaneously while the grand finale was on 27th June, 2018 at St Francis Atiba catholic Nursery and Primary School, Oyo and on 28th June,2018 at St Francis Catholic College, Oyo for both Primary and Secondary Schools respectively.
Speaking at the beginning of the event, the Director of Religious Education, Sr Mary Assumpta Taiwo, SSMA welcomed everybody and gave a brief introduction of the program and encouraged the participants to be open minded. She also encouraged the participants to always read their bibles constantly and to know more about the catholic doctrines.
The Primary and Secondary grand finale was moderated by the Director of Social Communications, Sr Eunice Ikufisile OSF who implored both the pupils and students to see the competition as healthy one and an avenue to learn about the bible and catholic faith and, also to learn from one another. At the end of the completion, St Joseph Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Iseyin came first, while Maryland Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Ogbomoso came second and St Francis Abiodun Atiba Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Oyo came third at the primary school level.
On the 28th of June at exactly 11:00am prompt, the grand finale competition for secondary schools started among 5 schools. St Mary Catholic Secondary School, Igbeti became first with 16 points while Christ the King Catholic College, Saki and St Francis Catholic College, Oyo came second and third respectively.
The winners were given cash prizes. Trophies were given to the schools who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd while the other contestants got consolation prizes.
In conclusion, Sr Mary-Assumpta Taiwo SSMA, the program coordinator and the Director of Religious Education commended the Bishop, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo for his support. She appreciated the efforts and sacrifices of all the schools management and staff; she equally thanked all the pupils and students for their active participations. In the same vein, she thanked the various donors for their financial contributions while also appreciating the presence and support of Social Communications office and the Youth Office.
HOLY FAMILY PARISH AT 10
History was made on Sunday 10th of June, 2018 as Holy Family Catholic Church, Iseyin, Oyo State - the baby which was conceived in 2008 by the then Coadjutor Bishop of Oyo, Most Rev. Emmanuel Badejo in his dream of advancing the land into a befitting house of God while residing in Iseyin held its tenth year anniversary celebration.
While delivering the homily, Bishop Badejo in his appreciation to God for His mercies and benevolence shared the experience of how it all started with a 9-man committee who came together at the first inaugural meeting held on 15th March, 2008 at the Conference room of Corner Motel, Malete, Iseyin and with generous hearts, the members were able to realize about Seven hundred thousand naira (#700,000.00) for the establishment of the new church. The following Sunday, there were contributions from various people including children; I remember two children from the Adesokan family that contributed One hundred and fifty naira each.
The Prelate frankly opined that to set up a Catholic Church and make it survive is not an easy task as it is the work of the Holy Spirit. Although, the Holy Spirit has been given to everyone but not everyone bears the fruits. He praised the efforts and sacrifice of all those who have contributed to the growth and development of the church in the past 10 years.
The Holy Mass was followed by the Reception where the guests and parishioners were entertained by different presentations from the Holy Childhood, Bata dancers, cultural dancers, etc. Donations were made for the continued growth of the church and the cutting of the anniversary cake. Some individuals (priests, religious and lay faithful) who had worked previously and some who were still working in the parish were also given awards.
The activities marking the tenth anniversary celebration began with an opening mass on Wednesday 6th of June while Lecture on the Family: The Hope of Restoration of Peace in Nigeria came up on Thursday and delivered by Rev. Fr. Martin Diipo Badejo followed by Visitation to the Less Privileged on Friday 8th of June that led to the 10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday 10th of June were some of the activities organized by the Parish to mark the anniversary.
Compiled by Johnpaul Bolaji & Festus Oyesakin