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Perpetual Consecration

18/10/2011: Nigeria

Marist Brothers, Province of Nigeria, for the first time had the Perpetual Consecration outside the South East of Nigeria. About 32 Marist Brothers, Rev. Sisters, Priest, Marist past pupils and the Lay people were in attendance as Br. Andemario Donaldson Ikpajombu made his perpetual Consecration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cathedral, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

The priest who gave the homily, Rev. fr. Ortese Oliver, who is the Dean of student at St. Thomas Major Seminary, Makurdi, took his time to explain to the people of God the identity of the Marist Brothers. According to fr. Oliver, Brothers are humble witness of Christ. They do not preach but they live by action.Brothers live a simple life. They do not come to the pulpit to preach but they live the life of witness. Brothers may not make headlines in the national dailies but they train citizens. Brothers go about doing good work unnoticed. For him, a Brother is a person who chose to answer God's call in the most humble manner.

Brothers witness Christ in a realistic way without bothering what the people say. He challenged the faithful " If you want to know the qualities of the Marist Brothers, do not ask them but ask the students they are training.

The provincial, Br. Joachim Ezetulugo, thanked the Catholic diocese of Makurdi, for accepting the Marist Brothers to have their perpetual consecration in their diocese and urged them to encourage their sons to embrace the vocation of the Marist Brotherhood.

Elias Iwu, fms

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