CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MAKURDI

MESSAGE OF THE SECOND SYNOD OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MAKURDI

 

Preamble:

1. In the fifty years of its existence, our Diocese, the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has come a very long way. Created on June 28, 1960, we thank God for the many blessings it has received thus far and for the blessing it has been. The Catholic population is one million, three hundred (1.3 m), there are two hundred and nine (209) indigenous clergy, sixty (60) members of the indigenous Religious Congregation, the Sisters of the Nativity; the Via Christi Society already has twenty two priests, seventy seven seminarians and one hundred and four lay members. Major seminarians of the Diocese are one hundred and ninety two (192); while there are several candidates for consecrated life, and many Catechists and Church Leaders. By the benevolence of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, Monsignor William A. Avenya was recently ordained Auxiliary Bishop to assist our overworked but tireless Diocesan Bishop, the Most Rev. Athanasius A. Usuh, thereby bringing the number of our indigenous Bishops to two. We congratulate our Bishop for shepherding the Diocese so well these past twenty two years; and we appreciate his Auxiliary for supporting him so loyally yet dynamically. We commend all the priests and religious and all the lay faithful of the Diocese for the great work they have done and continue to do in the Diocese. We acknowledge the many priests of Makurdi Diocesan origin incardinated in or ordained for other Dioceses and religious congregations. We acknowledge, as well, our sisters and daughters in women religious congregations in all parts of the world. We urge you all to continue to be good ambassadors of your home Diocese, while submitting with evangelical obedience to your immediate superiors. Read more.............