Posted on: 2015-03-07
Source: Comms Dept, Oyo Diocese


From every nook and crannies of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, came together the Priests gathering around the bishop, Most Revd Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo as they usually do every year evaluating the past pastoral activities and seeking for ways forward. This took place at St. Paul Pastoral Centre, Awe between Sunday, 1st to Friday, 6th of March, 2015. For this year, the  week long seminar was a very unique one as we reflected on the theme: THE ROLE OF CONSECRATED LIFE IN THE FAMILY APOSTOLATE. However, 3rd of March, 2015 witnessed a dimension where representatives of the lay faithful numbering 110 from all the parishes in the diocese came to join in the discussion dwelling on the theme for the year. Sr. Agnes Acha, the  Provincial Superior of the Sisters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM), Fr. James D. Ngahy, M. Afr. and Bishop Michael O. Fagun, the Emeritus bishop of Ekiti diocese and the Founding Father of the Sisters of St. Michael the Archangel, were the resource persons. Present at the said opening ceremony are: Bishop J.B. Adelakun; the bishop emeritus of Oyo, Mr. F.F. Alade; the Diocesan Pastoral Council Chairman, Mrs Elizabeth Adesokan; the CWO president of Oyo Diocese, Mr. Nicholas Ogbamudu; the Laity chairman of Oyo Diocese, Sr. Helen Ajayi, SSMA who represented the president of the female religious in the diocese and the male and female religious in the diocese.

In his opening remarks at the opening session, Most Revd Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo welcomed the invited guests and speakers and all and sundry and established that the Church  celebrating the Year of the Consecrated life and preparing for the Synod on the Family shows the complementarity between the Consecrated life and the Family apostolate. And that he said informed the choice of the theme for the year's seminar namely: THE ROLE OF CONSECRATED LIFE IN THE FAMILY APOSTOLATE.  The first speaker, Sr. Agnes Acha, DMMM Sr. Agnesdwelt on the topic: PRACTICAL AND PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE ROLE OF CONSECRATED LIFE IN FAMILY APOSTOLATE. Having explained who a consecrated person is, she practically reminded all the three aims of the Year of Consecrated Life as noted by Pope Francis viz: to look at the past with gratitude and recounting our history, to live the present with passion and finally to embrace the future with hope. She added that Authentic witness of life, evangelization and mission, solid Christian and  Catholic Education, medical apostolate, pastoral ministry and social services are the practical areas where the Consecrated persons can help the family life despite the challenges of extremism, suspicion, cultural bias and tribalism, financial constraint etc.

Rev. Fr. James Nghayi, M. Afr. Fr. James delivered his paper on the topic:  PASTORAL EXPERIENCE ON THE ROLE OF CONSECRATED LIFE IN THE FAMILY APOSTOLATE. He summarily made it known that the Gospel is the centre of Consecrated life. He then challenged all to be supportive to the religious in their apostolate in the different dioceses they work. Meanwhile, the third speaker, Most Rev. Michael Fagun Bish Fagun gave the GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE OF CONSECRATED LIFE IN THE FAMILY APOSTOLATE. He brought to light the convergence of the family and the consecrated life saying that the family is very vital to the life of the religious and it is the family that begets the religious and it behooves on the religious to take active part in the family apostolate. The holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph was presented as the ideal of the family and the consecrated life.  According to him, good families make good Christian community and good vocations to the consecrated life.

Moreover, after the talks, there was room for general questions and answers after which all went on group discussions. The session came to a close after the feedbacks were given by the different groups and closing prayer/benediction giving by the bishop Most Revd E.A.Badejo.  

BlessingIn the course of the seminar, the Bishop, Most Revd E. A. Badejo blessed and officially opened the new hostel in the Pastoral centre to the glory of God.   

After the evaluation of parishes reports and the different commissions in the diocese, the annual presbyteral Seminar for the year 2015 came to a successful end on Friday, 6th of March, 2014.