St. Thomas Aquinas Tirwun has been elevated to a Mission Area to cater for the needs of the lay faithful and for the growth of the church.
This is coming on the heels of the approval by his Lordship, Bishop Hilary Nanman Dachelem, CMF for the Congregation of the Missionaries of Divine Mercy (MDM) to work in Bauchi Diocese.
Inaugurating the Mission Area, Bishop Dachelem, who was ably represented by the Vicar Pastoral, Very Rev. Fr. Bitrus Lange commended the Missionaries for their efforts and those who worked tirelessly to see that the Pastoral Area becomes a reality.
He said, the inauguration will pave the way for the growth of the Church and for the clergy to be closer to the Laity in Tirwun and its environs.
He further stated that the new Mission Area will enable them receive the sacraments and called on them to use their various gifts to the glory of God.
He said “The success and the growth of the Church highly depends on all of us – the big and the small. God has blessed all of us in many ways. You must bring together the gifts that are given to you. The grace of baptism has imparted in each one of us various kinds of gifts; we must make these gifts available for the use of the church.
The growth and the success of the Pastoral Area here does not depend on the priests alone but on all of you together; how you cooperate alongside your priests.
“The evil one will come to plant bad seed to destroy the Church but we must not allow ourselves to be used as instrument of the devil to destroy the blessings of God. We should not be the instrument by which the success of this Area will be retarded but we should cooperate. Anyone who cooperates in building the Church of God has a lot of blessing” he stated.
In his address, the Chancellor of the Diocese and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Loreto, Fadaman Mada, Very Rev. Fr. Andrew Batare expressed his profound appreciation to all at the inauguration.
He enjoined the parishioners to give unalloyed support to the new priests who are there to serve them.
He traced the history of how the Mission Area came about to the efforts of the Late Bishop Malachy John Goltok and noted that Bishop Dachelem continued from where he stopped.
He said, the Mission Area will consist of Tirwun, Karkashia, Soro and Kase Outstations adding that the Priest-in-charge will be Rev. Fr. Anthony Nwosu while Rev. Fr. Solomon Andrew will be his Associate.
He explained that Divine Mercy Priests are here to help in their spiritual growth so they should open their hearts to receive them.
In his vote of thanks, the Priest-in-charge, Fr. Anthony Nwosu appreciated everyone who made their stay in Bauchi a memorable one.
“I want to thank in a special way the Bishop, Most Rev. Bishop Hilary Dachelem. We are very young if they are to call all the Orders that are in Nigeria; our Congregation will be last but the bishop has been very kind and open-hearted to us by inviting us to the diocese. I know that God has given many of us wings to fly. If you cooperate with us, we would fly together,” he said.
He maintained that he is grateful for the warm reception bestowed on them despite their being new in Bauchi and appealed to parishioners to be patient with them over the language barrier which he said, they are open to learn.
He called on the parishioners to be united and work with one mind with them for the growth of the Gospel in the area.
The lay faithful were enthusiastic over the elevation and they exhibited their joy by the gifts showered to the new priests by various churches, associations and families