Efik patriarch hails historic ordination of Naseri as Auxiliary Bishop Catholic Archdiocese of Calabar

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Calabar, NigeriaThe historic ordination of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Christopher Naseri as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Calabar has been met with great joy and reverence by the Efik Eburutu people. His Eminence, the Obong of Calabar, Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, extended heartfelt congratulations to the newly ordained bishop, hailing the milestone as a significant moment for the entire Catholic community in Nigeria.

The ordination ceremony, which took place recently, marked the elevation of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Christopher Naseri as the first Efik indigenous bishop in the Catholic Church. This achievement is seen as a testament to the divine call upon his life and his unwavering dedication to the service of God and humanity.

Gov of Akwa Ibom, His Excellency Umo Eno (L), genuflecting in a conversation with the Obong of Calabar (R)

The Efik Eburutu people, known for their rich cultural heritage and traditions, have a long history of embracing Christianity. Over the years, the church has found a warm and supportive community among the Efik Eburutu, fostering harmonious coexistence between their cultural practices and the Christian faith.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Christopher Naseri’s academic accomplishments and spiritual commitment have played a significant role in his deserving appointment as the Auxiliary Bishop. Serving diligently as a Professor in the Department of Religious and Cultural Studies at the University of Calabar, he has garnered admiration from his peers and the community.

In his address, His Eminence, the Obong of Calabar, expressed pride in seeing one of their own ascend to such a revered position within the Catholic Archdiocese of Calabar. He emphasized that the Efik Eburutu culture has never vilified the church but, on the contrary, has embraced and integrated the values and teachings of Christianity into their way of life.

As the spiritual father and traditional leader of the Efik Eburutu people, His Eminence, the Obong of Calabar, Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V, offered heartfelt prayers for Rt. Rev. Msgr. Christopher Naseri as he embarks on this sacred journey of service to God and humanity. The hope is that his ministry will continue to be a beacon of hope and inspiration, touching the lives of countless individuals within and beyond the boundaries of Calabar.

The joyous occasion of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Christopher Naseri’s ordination marks a significant milestone not only for the Catholic community but also for the Efik Eburutu people. It serves as a celebration of cultural diversity and religious harmony in Nigeria, demonstrating that unity and understanding can thrive in a society that embraces both tradition and faith.

As the newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop takes on his sacred responsibilities, the Efik Eburutu people stand united in support and admiration. May his journey as a spiritual leader be guided and blessed, carrying the torch of faith and compassion within their beloved community.