Catholic faithful in Tafawa Balewa Deanery recently greeted with joy the creation of Saints Peter and Paul Pastoral Area, Lafiyan Sara (Kwara) an erstwhile outstation of St. Peter’s Parish Marti and the installation of its first Priest-In-Charge.
The colourful ceremony which had priests, religious and laity across the diocese in attendance had the Vicar General Pastoral, Very Rev. Fr. Bitrus Lange, Diocesan Chancellor, Very Rev. Andrew Batare and Dean of Tafawa Balewa Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Victor Deshi as the principal priests who installed Rev. Fr. Patrick Adah as the first Priest-In-Charge.
Speaking earlier, the Vicar Pastoral, Very Rev. Fr. Bitrus Lange brought the congratulatory message of the Bishop to the new priest and the people of Lafiyan Sara urging them to be steadfast and united in building the pastoral area into a full-fledged parish in the near future.
He lauded their efforts for the cooperation received so far and challenged them to embrace the new development with grateful hearts while synergizing with the priest to lift the new pastoral area to greater heights.
Fr. Lange cautioned those with dissenting voices to ensure that they fall in line with the demands of the diocese by being part of the new Pastoral Area.
Responding, the first Priest-In-Charge, Rev. Fr. Patrick Adah thanked the bishop for the creation of the pastoral area and appointing him to work there.
He also ceased the opportunity to challenge the people on giving him the maximum cooperation he needs to complete the Father’s House and put other infrastructure in place.
The ceremony had traditional leaders, top government officials, politicians and faithful from other creeds in attendance.
Bearing his mind on the development an illustrious son of Lafiyan Sara who is the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Iliya Habila noted that the development was “a celebration galore for the churches that are in the new pastoral area.”
He prayed that the Lord blesses “his vineyard” because he added, “with this new development, the gospel has definitely been brought nearer to the people of God.”