Bishop Dunia Marks 31st Priestly Ordination Anniversary at Auchi
In gratitude to God for the gift of the Priesthood, The Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Most Rev. Gabriel G. Dunia has solemnly marked his 31st Priestly ordination anniversary in his residence at the Bishop's Court, Waterboard, Auchi recently.
The event was kicked started with the celebration of the Holy Mass in the house Chapel with the Bishop as the Chief Celebrant, assisted by the Diocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Sylvester Attashie and the Bishop's Secretary, Rev. Fr. Peter Balogun. At the beginning of the Mass, the Bishop expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life and ministry, praying God to grant eternal repose to the souls of his deceased classmates and grace to strive on for his himself and his other classmates with whom he was celebrating.
In his homily at the Mass, Bishop Dunia narrated the challenges he went through during his journey to the Priesthood, coupled with the fact that he was from a Muslim home of which with the spirit of perseverance and God's grace, he was able to scale through.
In his congratulatory speech, Fr. Attashie noted that the Bishop had always been a source of inspiration and mentorship to him right from the time he served as an altar server under him as a Priest. He thanked the Prelate for his selfless service to Christ's Faithful of the Diocese and prayed God to continue to strengthen him and grant him good health of mind and body to continue to shepherd God's flock without wavering.
Climax of the ceremony were the cutting of the Bishop's Anniversary cake, dance and drama presentation by the novices of the Congregation of Mother of Perpetual Help of the Archangel Sisters (MOPHAS) and a tribute rendered by one of the novices of MOPHAS.