News : Oyo Diocese Gets Two New Priests

Posted on: 2016-09-21
Source: Comms Dept, Oyo Diocese

On Friday, the 26th of August, 2016, Revds. Francis Opeyemi Ogunsola and Joachim Taiwo Alade, the nephew of the Emeritus bishop of the diocese, were raised to the order of presbyterate at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Cathedral, Asogo, Oyo.

In his homily, Rev Fr Fan Iran, who is the director of the Catholic School of Communication in West Africa, (CIWA) Portharcourt, congratulated the would-be priests on the successful completion of their studies that has culminated in the conferment of rites of priesthood to them. According to him, "the following rites mark end of the beginning, the beginning of the new reality". He urged them not to forget that Jesus. Who chosen them from among the people, to be their priest, teacher and sherpherd, expects the best from them in all situations. He also treated the congregation to the melodious and proverbial hymns of the late priest professor and musician, Rev Fr Thomas Makanjuola Ilesanmi and encouraged the would-be priests to be faithful to their vows and courageous in their vocation, thereby lending credence to the biblical instructions in the letter to the Hebrews (1:26-29).

Fr Faniran further stated that "Priesthood is not a career, where there is upward mobility; movement from one stage to another. It is not a reward for hard work. Nor can your family, parish or diocese fight for your elevation". As such, it is a vocation.

Afterwards, the deacons were ordained by the bishop of Oyo diocese, Most Rev Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, to the glory of God and in the presence of the faithful. Among those who graced the occasion are: Most Rev Julius Babatunde Adelakun and Most Rev Micheal Fagun, the Bishops emeriti of Oyo and Ekiti dioceses; and Most Rev Gabriel Ojeleke Abegunrin, the archbishop of Ibadan.