On Tuesday, the 8th of October 2019, the Seminary of All Saints Uhiele-Ekpoma, inaugurated her 25th Formative/Academic/Jubilee session, and commissioned/blessed the new water project. The ceremony began with the Holy Mass which was presided over by Most Rev. Michael Elue, the Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese. The formators renewed their commitment during the Mass in the presence of Most Rev Michael Elue. One of the main highpoints during the Mass was the unveiling of the Seminary’s 25th anniversary banner and the formal opening of the Silver Jubilee session.
The Bishop, Most Rev. Michael Elue prayed for all the domestic/academic staff present at the Mass. Most Rev. Donatus Ogun(O.S.A.), the Bishop of Uromi Diocese, was ably represented by Very Rev. Fr. Francis Omonlumen, the Vicar General of Uromi Diocese. The Superior General of the Society of Our Mother of Peace, Very Rev. Fr. John Hansen (S.M.P.), other consecrated persons and many other priests (including alumni priests), as well as external lecturers were present at the celebration.
After the Holy Mass, the Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Matthew Ihensekhien led the Bishop and all present at the occasion on a tour round the seminary during which a visit was paid to the ongoing refectory building project, the new poultry house, the new hostel building (still under construction) and finally to the newly installed water project.
The highlight of the day’s event was the blessing and commissioning of the new bore hole by the Bishop. The Director of the Friends of the Seminary of All Saints (FOSAS), Rev. Fr. Idahosa Amadasun, thanked the Bishop for coming and also appreciated all the donors especially members of FOSAS whose contributions made the project a huge success.
Rev. Fr. Idahosa was especially grateful to God for the success of the water project because prior to this time, the Seminary had embarked on several failed attempts at achieving this goal for over 25 years of her existence. Hence it was an occasion to be totally grateful to God for. After the blessing and commissioning of the water project, the Bishop, the Rector and Formators as well as other priests present happily drank from the running water of the new bore-hole.
There was a social reception after the event where guests were entertained by the Seminary’s drama troop, the EsanLiturgico-Cultural group, and the Praise Generation Band.
The event came to an end with the blessing of Bishop Michael Odogu Elue and all went joyfully home.
By Staff Reporter