Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins has asked the four newly professed Novices of the Society of St. Paul, SSP, Nigeria region; Sanya Paul Mago, Ndebilite Ernest Nnaemeka, Nkanta Stanislaus Bernard and Ogwuche Sunday Oche to emulate the zeal and faithfulness of the founder of the congregation, Blessed James Alberione who served God devotedly through the use of the media of communication to preach the gospel. Delivering his homily on Friday, November 26, 2021 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Iju, Lagos to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed James Alberione, the Catholic Prelate noted that the founder’s devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and commitment to the work led to his success in his mission of evangelization, using the conventional media of the print, electronic and the new media to consolidate and spread the faith around the world.
Congratulating the novices for taking the bold step to live a religious life, he added that dedication to service, humility, life of meditation and reflection are central to be in communion with God always. In his remarks, the Regional Superior, Nigeria region and Novice master of the Society of St. Paul, Fr. Joseph Kandachamkunnel, thanked the Archbishop for contributing to the success of the event and wish the Novices well as they depart to their various destinations, later to resume in Ibadan, Oyo state to continue with their studies.
The high point of the triple celebration, the 50th year remembrance of the founder, Blessed James Alberione, whose memorial also falls on November 26, the f irst profession of the Novices and blessing of the administrative block of the regional house was witnessed by the Dean of Agege Deanery, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian Ngene, friends and well-wishers, including priests drawn from Agege Deanery and beyond.