4 October, 2019
“You are not being ordained to run soup kitchens, fight against fake man-made climate change, agitate against immigration policy or issue screeds against gun violence. Preparing your parishioners for eternal life is your calling, your sacred duty..” -Michael Voris
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Thank you so much for your prayers. We have returned safely from attending the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria(Anglican Communion) in Asaba, Nigeria. Our Diocese was represented by Venerable Chukwuma Ubadinobi, Venerable Ugochukwu Okoroafor, and Sir Chike Nwosu, and myself.
During the meeting I presented my CANA Report to the Standing Committee in my role as the Missionary Bishop of CANA. It was very well received. I’m pleased to inform you that the Standing Committee unanimously approved my request for Suffragan Bishops for our Diocese. Their election will happen in February 2020 ceteris paribus. Please be advised that I have not promised and I cannot promise any of you that you will be elected a Suffragan Bishop. I have heard rumors of some clergy telling people that Bishop Orji will make them Suffragans. Here is the bad news: there are no guarantees. Also please please stop asking your Bishop friends or lay members of your church to plead with me to present your name as one of our Suffragans. There are many factors to take into consideration in appointing or electing Bishops which includes good theological education, ability to teach the Bible, spiritual maturity, good public reputation void of questions about the person’s character, godliness without reproach in the community, in addition to humility and ability to lead among other expectations. Being popular or a senior priest are not sufficient qualifications. If you are desperately wanting to be a Bishop by all means then you should examine whether you’re a Christian in the first place. Arrogance and power-seeking will not take you very far in the CHRISTIAN life. You need to do your ministry with humility and God will honor you for your faithfulness in the eternal heavens. The exaltation we need has already been granted us which is the PRIVILEGE of being called to serve as ambassadors of Christ in the world. May God gives us peace in our Diocese so we can do the real work of ministry – preaching the gospel in season and out of season and teaching our congregations to obey all that Christ has commanded us.
Lilian and I will be traveling with the Primate and his delegation in his last visit to CANA in the USA and Canada from October 18-29th.
Important banking information from the Diocese.
Dear Rectors, Wardens & Treasurers and Knights,
I have been informed by Bank of America that incoming checks and/or cashier’s checks etc. to the Diocese are to be made payable to “The Anglican Diocese of the West CANA” henceforth. The word “Anglican” must be inserted before Diocese of the West CANA). If they are not made payable this way, the check will be returned uncashed.
Please remember to make this change as soon as possible.
This is a reminder to all parishes(Rectors & Wardens) to ensure that they send in their Diocesan 10% monthly contributions to the Diocese.
We appreciate those parishes and Knights who have been consistent in their giving.
ASABA 2019 STANDING COMMITTEE – COMMUNIQUE & PASTORAL LETTER