Labour Occasion (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and dozens of bishops have been readily available, yesterday, as Most Rev. Antonio Filipazzi ordained Dr. John Bakeni as the primary indigenous Auxiliary Bishop of the Maiduguri Catholic Diocese.
Performing the ordination rites, yesterday, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Maiduguri, Borno State, the Italian priest and theologian charged Bakeni to make use of his good workplaces, as a bishop, to construct the physique of Christ.
In response to Filipazzi, this may maintain the Church united with different bishops, including that the title ‘Bishop’ within the Catholic Church is certainly one of service to the individuals with honour.
“A Bishop ought to all the time try to learn others, reasonably than lord it over them,” he mentioned, noting that such is the principle of the Grasp, the place the best ought to behave because the least, and the chief stays the servant.
He, due to this fact, urged Bakeni to evangelise the Phrase out and in of season, and reprove with all persistence.
“There also needs to be a sound educating for the good thing about the Catholic household,” he mentioned. “Because the Church entrusted you, be a trustworthy steward, moderator and guardian of the mysteries of Christ, our Lord.
“Love all whom God positioned in your care, particularly clergymen and deacons, your co-workers within the ministry of Christ, together with the poor and the weak, immigrants and strangers.”
Filipazzi additionally charged the brand new bishop to information the holy individuals of God in the best way of salvation as a loyal father and maintain them with the assistance of his fellow ministers.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria additionally reminded Bakeni to bear witness to the reality of the Gospel and the ministry of the Spirit and justice.
Responding, Bakeni thanked the contributors on the ceremony and urged them to proceed to wish for him.
He mentioned that because the Pope graciously nominated him as an assistant, as requested by His Lordship, Most Rev. Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri Diocese, he would stay loyal to him and be devoted to the Lord’s Winery.
Bakeni was born on March 15, 1975 in Kiri village of Shelling Native Council of Adamawa State.
He has ordained a priest on August 17, 2002, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Maiduguri, after he attended varied theological research inside and out of doors the nation, earlier than his new appointment as Auxiliary Bishop on April 12, 2022, by Pope Francis.