OGOJA HOLDS DIOCESAN SYNOD
The entire catholic diocese of Ogoja trooped to the St. Benedict’s cathedral recently for the diocesan SYNOD after a gap of 20 years since the last synod was held. A synod which is the gathering of representatives from all the parishes in the diocese, religious men and women, priests, etc examing the life of the church and jointly co-operating with the bishop in decision making as it concerns the church.
Addressing the participants, the catholic bishop of Ogoja diocese, Most Revd. Donatus Edet Akpan, called on all the delegates of the various organizations and parishes to prayerfully listen to the voice of God speaking through the entire event of the synod.
Bishop Akpan reminded the faithfuls that the last synod of the diocese was held in 1999, therefore there was absolute need for another synod.
Welcoming delegates, the Vicar General Administration, Very Revd. Fr. Peter
Obele Abue commended Bishop Akpan for providing logistics in support of the synod. All the parishes in the diocese were represented and papers presented included
Emerging issues in the church, social development and self sustainability, ecclesial governance etc.
The diocesan synod came up with various resolutions bordering on marriage, culture, development of the diocese, and new cathedral, agriculture and self – sufficiency of the diocese. It is believed that after passing through due process as recommended by the church, decisions will be taken for the growth of the diocese. Finally, the synod ended with prayers and thanksgiving to God for His blessings on the diocese.