Most Rev. Philip Davou Dung, New Catholic Bishop of Shendam
Following the pronouncement and appointment of Msgr Philip Davou DUNG as the Bishop- elect of Shendam Diocese by His Holiness Pope Francis, on Saturday November 5, 2016, The Diocese was thrilled with joy as thousands of Christ's faithful gathered in the Shendam for the Ordination and Installation of the new Bishop. The 11th of january, 2017 will ever remain memorable in the lives of many. when the Centenary ground of the Sacred Heart Cthedral Shendam attracted more than 400 priests and 32 Bishop, among whom was His Eminence John Cardinal onaiyekan. Well wishers from all walks of life, cutting across Ethnic, religoius and denominational divide gave the occasion a befitting and desired outlook. The Plateau State governor, Barr. Simon Lalong, former governors and top goverment functionaries also graced the occasion. The Principal Consecrator was Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos and President of CBCN. Rev Fr. Raymond Gofut who has been the Diocsan Administrator for almost 2 years following the demise of the Late Bishop James Daman, thanked the almighty God and the Church for the oppotunitygranted him to serve as a "care taker", while promising the diocesan clergy and laity support to their new Chief Shephard in the spirit of collaboration and continuity. The homilist Most Rev. Matthew Ndangoso, Archsbishop of Kaduna called on the new Bishop to be deligent and loyal to the church, in the exercised of his duty, while reminding him of the challenges associated with the office.
Process for the Beatification of Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka: While praying for a fruitful delibration fro members , the Archsbihop used the ocassion to inform the house on some important pastoral projects in Jos Archdiocese. The beginning of the process, that might culminate hopefully in the beatification of his predecessor, the Late, ervant of God, Archbishop Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka of Jos who died in 1999. the process is just at its initial stage with the Vatican. Another project in the Archdiocese is the building of a new Catheral Church called Divine Mercy Cathedral. This is provide a befitting place of Worship for the ever growing laity in the Archdiocese. He called for support through prayers, for the realization of these projects.
OPENING ADDRESS OF THE CBCN SECOND PLENARY MEETING IN AKURE, ONDO DIOCESE, BY MOST REV. IGNATIUS A. KAIGAMA, ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AND PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA (CBCN), 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2016. A glance at the contemporary social, political and pastoral developments in Nigeria and beyond provide us with ample agenda for discussion, resolution and action at this plenary of the CBCN, being generously hosted by the Ecclesiastical Province of Ibadan in Akure. The meeting of the Catholic Bishops of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) in Accra, Ghana (Feb. 22, 2016) focused on Evangelization, Development and Family. A World meeting of families was held in Philadelphia, USA. While a conference on The Family in Africa, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: in the Light of the Gospel" organized by the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar in Angola. The National Catholic Festival of Arts and Culture (NACAFAC) 2016 was held in Benin City and the national meeting of families took place in Lagos. The World Youth Day was recently celebrated in Poland and only last week an International Conference on the Evil of Human Trafficking, was held in Abuja. Our VERITAS Catholic University has always been a subject of regular conversation. We have so much to talk and pray about. May God bless our deliberations. (Continue on documents)
THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY – A CALL TO MORE PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY
Prof. Michael Ogunu Supreme ChancellorOrder of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria [Paper Presented during the General Assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos on the 31st August, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Pastoral Centre, Jos] Introduction. In his Angelus message on January 11, 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis stated: “There is so much need of mercy today, and it is important that the lay faithful live it and bring it into different social environments. Go forth! We are living in the age of mercy; this is the age of mercy”. Then, in his 2015 Lenten Message, the Holy Father said: “How greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!” (read complete text from documents)
Priestly monthly Retreat: Archdiocese of Jos. In the quest to further strengthen their pastoral and spiritual commitments, the priests of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos gather regularly to reflect and examine their vocation. It is a period of self examination and the cross breeding of ideas, all done in the spirit of fraternal charity. Priests are chosen to give short reflections that depict the state of the Archdiocese in relation to the priesthood and areas of our apostolate. This bi-monthly or quarterly exercise for the month of September, 2016 would take place at St. Patrick Catholic Church , Jengre, on Wednesday 7th September, 2016. Fr. Anthony Fom and Fr. Alexander Dung would give the reflections that are centred on the interconnectedness of Faith and Fear as influential to the vow of obedience in the priesthood. The retreat would begin with the celebration Holy Mass by 10.00am
Jos Archdiocese Mourns Rev. Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell SMA.
DNA ...communications office Jos. The entire Catholic Archdiocese Jos was thrown into confusion as she received the sad news of the death of her longest and oldest serving priest in the history of the Diocese. The late Very Rev. Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell SMA who passed on to be with the Lord at the early hours of Wednesday 17th August, 2016 at Cork City in Ireland. Until his demise Fr. O’Connell had been in the Archdiocese as the Parish Priest of St. Louis Parish, after serving in other parts of the Diocese.
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