Christians, Catholics in particular, have been called upon to allow themselves to be guided by the practice of Jesus in seeking the instruction and guidance of God as they prepare and set out for their daily tasks. The charge was given by Most Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, while delivering the homily during the formal induction and charter ceremony of new Clubs of Serra International, District 130-B: Serra Clubs of Iju, Ogba and Ojota, held last Sunday, at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.
Archbishop Martins said all activities that are carried out in the Church can be put under three categories, namely; prayer, care of the poor and evangelisation, as he quoted Mark 1: 29-39, where Jesus revealed these main works of the Church as an institution, coming from His own practice. He said Jesus always went to a lonely place to communicate with God, as well as get directives, inspiration and instruction about all that he was going to do for the day, as he urged the people to create their own lonely place in which they go to communicate with God in prayer.
The Archbishop commended the noble mission of Serra International to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and to support those who have answered the call to serve God and His Church. He added that their dedication to nurturing vacations and building a vibrant community of faith, exemplifies the spirit of selflessness and compassion that lies at the heart of the Christian mission. He said as the people witness the establishment of new clubs within District 130-B, they celebrate not only the expansion of Serra International’s reach, but also the deepening of its impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
The Archbishop said through the group’s unwavering commitment to prayer, discernment and mentorship, they are not only sowing the seeds of vocations, but also empowering future generations of clergy and religious to answer the divine call with courage and conviction. For his part, Serran Pius Tanimojo, District Governor, Serra International, District 130-B, said the chattering of the new clubs is a testament to the dedication, enthusiasm and commitment of the founding members. He added that it is a reflection of their passion for leadership, personal development and service to the Serra Apostolate.
The DG commended the charter members for their unwavering determination and embodying the core values of Serra International, adding that by embarking on this venture, they have demonstrated it willingness to embrace new opportunities for growth and self-employment. He stated that this chartering will encourage other clubs in formation to strive hard to get to this level. The DG urged all the clubs to start mentoring new clubs in formation.