Updates from the Pallottines Fathers and Brothers ( Society of the Catholic Apostolate )

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10 years of Pallottine Missionaries in Nigeria.

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | August 30th, 2017

A special success story in word and pictures. A great THANK YOU to all our benefactors and benefactresses who through prayer and donations supported us. The Lord will reward you.

The first contact of the Pallottines to Nigeria came through  Rev. Fr. Martin Ezeokoli (now Monseignor ) a priest of the diocese of AWKA in Anambra. When he studied in Rome he met with Rev. Sister Clementia Burkhard SAC, who as the Secretary of Mission of the Pallottine Sisters supported a number of Africain Priest-Students from at this
time. When Rev. Fr. Martin Ezeokoli came back to Awka and worked in the Chaplaincy in Polytechnic OKO he started Pallotti Groups among the students. PALLOTTI FOR ACTION –  ACTION FOR CHRIST became a slogan and
working program. The enthusiam and dynamic of  the students in OKO was heard in Germany and Cameroon. Fr. Martin was invited to a Symposium on Pallotti to our University in Vallendar/Germany. The Provincial N.
Hannappel SAC deceided to visit Nigera. Together with Fr. Peter Hillen S.A.C., who was the Rector of the Seminary in Merrivale /South Africa he came in June 2001 to OKO and received a warm and joyfull welcome.

The first Nigerian students were called to join the Formation in SA and Rev. Fr. John Ndidi Nwoacha SAC was the first Nigerian Pallottine to be ordained in 2010. Many Nigerian students followed him and today we have 11 Nigerian Priests, three deacons and 28 students in Formation. Fr. Peter Hillen SAC came on the 27th of January 2007 as a
tourist to stay in Nigeria. Bishop Simon Okafor welcomes him and posted him as a vivar to Holy Trinity Parish in Nanka. After 15 months Fr. Peter left Nanka for Mbaukwu were Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Eche showed him a building (CWO hostel for Pre – Science students). Fr. Peter invested and finished the house which became the first home for the
Postulancy in Nigeria. His Royal Highness Igwe P. Anukwu offered a land to develop the community in Mbaukwu. In 2010 the Pallottine Community entered with the Postulancy into the new building in the permant side in Akabo. To secure the future of the Pallottines in Nigeria a small poultry and fish farm and pig farm was build as well and water factory for PALLOTTI  TABLE  WATER. The HOLY TRINITY RETREAT- AND GUEST-HOUSE was planned and after five years it was blessed by His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. P. C. Ezeokafor SAC in October 2015. Meanwhile Barester Sir Asiebgu donned us land in UKE that will serve the community to expand and to devellop better. We are very grateful and honored Fr. Peter was able to initiate projects for the communities in serveral towns: Material for nursery/primary schools; youth centres in Nanka, Mbaukwu and Nimo; Oilmills, two in Nanka and one in Mbaukwu; five Water tanks in Nanka, Agulu and Agulusigbo; 10 bore-wholes with overhead tanks in Mbaukwu and one in Agulu; 7 houses for poor people and families in Mbaukwu and Agulu; he built a chapel in Nanka that was
blessed by His Lordship Bishop Ezeokafor. Many poor people profited for health care, school fees, for business and food stuff.

„The Love of Christ Urges us on“ to continue our work.

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