The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy, Cardinal Lazarus You Heung-sik, has ordained three Nigerian professionals as Catholic priests.
The ordained priests are: Reverend Father Vitus Ntube, Reverend Father Silvanus Asogwa and Reverend Father Agaba Otache. They were among the 25 Opus Dei priests recently ordained at the Basilica of St. Eugenio in Rome, Italy.
Before their ordination, the threesome were members of the Opus Dei, the Catholic Church institution that fosters holiness in the society
As members of Opus Dei, the men left their respective jobs for Rome to complete the full philosophical and theological studies required to be ordained deacons and later priests.
A graduate of botany from the University of Ibadan (UI), Reverend Father Ntube worked with a Lagos-based NGO, Project for Human Development (PHD) before joining the group. He is currently working on his doctoral in Rome.
According to him: “Being a priest would make him a collaborator of the truth and joy by helping people to discover true joy and the joy of truth.”
Reverend Father Asogwa, who studied microbiology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, worked briefly as a microbiologist and later a lecturer at the Enugu and Lagos State Universities respectively. He is in his final stage of his doctoral thesis at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.
The third, Reverend Father Otache, who hails from Benue State, was born in Kaduna State and graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Minna with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry. He later obtained his Master’s in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Ibadan (UI). He is currently in Rome undergoing a doctorate degree in Theology.
The Italian choir beautifully sang: “Ezi Chukwu Nara Aja Anyi (Oh! Precious Lord, accept our sacrifice),” a popular Igbo Catholic liturgical hymn at the ordination Mass.