Ekwulobia, 30 April, 2020 / 2:35 am (ACI Africa).
On the occasion of his episcopal installation, the pioneer Bishop of the newly erected diocese of Ekwulobia in southeastern Nigeria, Peter Ebere Okpaleke, has said that in his pastoral ministry, he will strive to emphasize evangelization at the local level, inviting the people of God to a “personal and intimate relationship with Jesus.”
“Grassroot evangelization will be a priority in my pastoral mission in Ekwulobia diocese. Grassroot evangelization in the sense of inviting people to a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus and with one another in the Church,” Bishop Okpaleke said Wednesday, April 29 at his installation at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Ekwulobia.
During the installation Mass attended by a limited number of faithful in adherence to COVID-19 restrictions, the Prelate who had been ordained a Bishop in 2013 said that the grassroot evangelization he envisages will “be followed up with sustained catechesis.”
“We look forward to a style of ministry that is collaborative centered on the Eucharist, on the family in view of contributing to the integral human development of man and of society,” Bishop Okpaleke said during the Mass that was presided over by Papal delegate, Archbishop Valerian Okeke and streamed online.
The 57-year-old Nigerian Prelate also said the diocese will “harness the means of social communication for this outreach” adding that he will “seek to build a community of love and service, open to working with our brothers and sisters of other denominations.”