The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Calistus Onaga has declared that it’s a uncommon privilege to construct a church for God.
Bishop Onaga mentioned this in Enugu whereas dedicating a multi-million naira, 5000 seater St Anthony Catholic Church, Obe, constructed by Engr Emeka Ngene, a famend philanthropist within the State.
Represented by Bishop Ernest Obodo, the Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Onaga mentioned the church ranked as the perfect in the whole diocese.
“The temple of God is you. You’re the temple of the Holy Spirit. The church shouldn’t be the constructing, it’s you. The church is the place they prepare dinner the Phrase of God like meals. The church is a gathering place between God and man.
“It’s a uncommon privilege to construct a church. God denied David the chance to construct a temple for him and gave it to Solomon to construct it as a substitute. That’s, it isn’t man that builds the church for God, God himself builds his church. This home is an expression for a way huge Engr Emeka Ngene’s love for God is,” he mentioned.
Talking in an interview after the dedication, Ngene mentioned that though he had spent his pension in constructing the church, he was completely happy that he had invested in eternity.
“I mentioned I’ll construct for eternity and that’s what I’ve carried out. It isn’t as a result of I’m the richest particular person however I’ve thrown my pension into it and at the moment, I can let you know that I’ve no regrets.
“So, I mentioned as a substitute of conserving this cash let me make investments it the way in which I did. It’s an funding, not for me however for generations to return. So that is what I can let you know about how this place got here to be. I’m glad you’re right here at the moment to witness it as a result of at the moment is one among happiest days of my life,” he said.
Talking on methods to preserve the huge infrastructure, Engr Ngene mentioned that, “I’m going to create a basis to be often known as St Anthony Catholic Church Basis.
“This basis will see to the maintainance of the church. The muse will see to the event of our youth and the inspiration will be sure that we promote tradition.”
Additionally in an interview, the parish priest, St Anthony Catholic Church, Obe, Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Oleri mentioned he was fulfilled seeing the church constructing devoted after a protracted nerve-racking course of.
“I’m fulfilled. It has been a protracted stroll with lengthy stress. We’re completely happy to realize this at the moment. The upkeep goes to be an enormous work however we’ll make effort to see that the place is saved clear and maintained.
“The one that sponsored the constructing totally, Chief Ngene and the one who constructed the chairs have carried out very effectively. We didn’t have time to start out saying a whole lot of issues contained in the church however they’ve carried out the work and it’s now our responsibility to take care of the church. It’s monumental however it’s stunning,” he mentioned.