The Maiden Pastoral Assembly of Uromi Diocese held at Brother Roman Catechetical and Renewal Centre, Ekpoma from Monday, 10 to Thursday, 13 February 2020. The Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Most Rev. Donatus Ogun, priests, consecrated persons and the lay faithful of Uromi Diocese as well as invited guests from other Dioceses, denominations and faith actively participated in the Assembly. The Assembly was graced by the royal presence of His Royal Highness, Samuel Obade II, the Onojie of Ogwa and that of various Palace Chiefs from Ekpoma, Ogwa, Igueben and Ugbegun Kingdoms. Ven. Ken O. Okhifoh of St. Paul’s Aglican Church, Ukpoke Uhiele, and Mallams UAC Aliu and Mukhtar Abdul of Esan Muslim Jama’ah also graced the Assembly
The Assembly began with the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit. In his opening address the Bishop spoke of how the Assembly was conceived and what the Church seeks toachieve through it. The complete text of the opening address titled “Alive or dead we belong to the Lord” given by His Lordship, Most Rev. Donatus A. Ogun, OSA, at the opening session of the Uromi Diocesan Pastoral Assembly is published below. The opening ceremonies featured the enthronement of the Word of God and presentation of Reports of the Assembly at Deanery level. While day two of the Assembly was dedicated to an exposition of Catholic perspective and Anglican/Protestant perspective on burial practices, day three was for Esan traditional Perspective and Muslim perspective on burial practices. On both days, there was enough time for group discussions on various themes of the subject matter of the Assembly. The reports of these group discussions were presented at the General Assembly.
On the evening/night of the penultimate day of the Assembly, after a series of presentations, questions and answers and group discussions that werevery engaging, participants had the opportunity of relaxing at a well-package gala night that was animated by a cultural troupe from St Gregory the Great Parish,Ekpoma, the CWO cultural troupe.
The Assembly was concluded with the Mass for the Evangelization of peoples.
The Diocese is grateful to all whose hardwork, contributions and presence made the Assembly a successs.
Bishop Ogun’s Homily at the Assembly.