Enugu Catholic bishop bans prients from holding crusades

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Lordship, Callistus Onaga, has banned certain priests from conducting crusades in their parishes.


The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Bishop announced the ban on Saturday, in his homily at the ordination of 26 priests and the celebration of 50 years anniversary of the Sacred Heart Seminary, Nsude (Junior Seminary) in Enugu.


Instead of holding crusades, he rather charged them organise retreats for their parishioners and pay greater attention to prayers.


He charged, “Do not adopt the Pentecostal approach of service, and be careful in forming prayer groups.”


He admonished the newly-ordained priests to seek spiritual holiness and avoid being dragged into secular affairs.


Also at the event was the rector of the seminary, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Onodugo, who said the seminary was the brain-child of Bishop of Enugu, His Lordship Godfrey Okoye of blessed memory, in 1972.


Onodugo said, “Today, the seminary can boast of at least one bishop who was among the second set to study in this seminary, and that is Bishop Onaga.


“We are also celebrating the grand finale of our golden jubilee which started since June, 27.


“Today, our dear bishop raised 26 deacons to the Order of Priesthood and we are happy that such event is happening in our time.”