20th May, 2010
At least 250 Catholic Diocesan Priests yesterday converged in Kaduna as delegates to the 2010 Annual General Conference of the Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA).
The delegates are expected to elect leaders who would run the affairs of the association for the next two years.
The President of the Association, Mnsr. Cletus Gotan, said in Kaduna at the conference that topical issues affecting priesthood would also be discussed.
He said the topic for the conference was The Priest of the Third Millennium and delegates were drawn from all catholic parishes in the country.
Gotan said that the association had achieved some milestones within the last seven years of its existence.
He said that it had widened its frontiers to include both Anglophone and Francophone countries in West Africa, adding that it was important for the association to share issues of common interest with other African members within the sub-region.
Also speaking, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, His Grace, Matthew Ndagoso, urged priests to embrace the teaching of the church if they wanted to be relevant and credible.
He frowned at some priests for straying from the teachings of the church, saying that â€œmost of them are involved in controversies because they have abandoned the churches’ doctrines”.
He appealed to them to emulate the traditions of the early church by being united in one brotherhood.
He condemned the proliferation of societies in the church on the basis of members ‘ desire to seek relevance.
He charged them to be “effective witnessesÂ of Jesus Christ to their parishes and country by leaving lives that are above board.”
Also speaking, the Secretary of the Association, Rev. Fr. Andrew Dodo, called on priests to spearhead the campaign against rumour- mongering and peddlers of falsehood in the country.
He told them to preach against such rumours and promote peaceful coexistence among the different religions.
The bishops of Kano, Kontagora, Minna, Zaria andÂ Kafanchan within the Kaduna Ecclesiastic Province attended the conference. (NAN)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the last conference was held in Nkpor, Onitsha in Anambra on April 2, 2008.