Over three thousand Catholic men from the Lagos Archdiocese gathered at St. Gregory College South West, Ikoyi from August 10th-13th for four days to seek the face of God regarding the situation of Nigeria and its well-being.
With the theme of the convention tagged, ‘The master is here waiting for you’ picked from John 7 vs 21, the men came from all the Catholic parishes in Lagos to join their faith together to ask God to have mercy on Nigeria and change the present economy and insecurity situation of the nation. The Vicar General, Lagos Island and Mainland, Very Reverend Monsignor Bernard Okodua who represented the Archbishop of Lagos as chief host of the induction ceremony and 15th Anniversary Mass while delivering his homily said that that Christian fathers should learn to serve God with their heart by having a strong faith in their God instead of behaving like Syncretic Christians who indulge in the act of serving God and mammoths at the same time. He urged Christian fathers to live responsible Christians lives worthy of emulation so that children can have good Christian morals to grow up with. He advised the CMO members to be up and doing in the affairs of the nation so that good leadership can return to our nation.
The President, Lagos Archdiocese Catholic Men Organisation, Mr. John Aigbohoade told journalists that the organisation decided to pray for the nation because it is only when there is peace in the land that there will be peace in our homes. The four days annual convention was aimed at praying for Christians and family and the nation. The convention helped our men to be renewed spiritually as Catholic priests were invited to enlighten our members on how to be close to God.
Awards were given to 12 persons for their selfish commitment to the organization while four priests were given pastoral award. The Convention planning Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Iweha said that this year event witnessed a lot of activities like Night Vigil, business empowerment talk, medical health talk, Spiritual talks and daily Mass which has really helped members to come closer to God after four days of spiritual renewal.