Friday, May 03, 2013


Nigerian Bishop , Deacon and M.C. in Brisbane's Cathedral

It is always great to be a Catholic, but sometimes, it is exhilirating!

Such was the experience last Sunday evening in Brisbane's Saint Stephen's Cathedral. The occasion was a special Mass , concelebrated by  Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia Diocese in Nigeria as principal Celebrant, and Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane who vacated the Cathedra for the duration of the Mass in favour of Bishop Lucius.

The Cathedral was full, the Cathedral Schola in fine voice and the scene was brilliant as the sixteen Nigerian Priests joined in the con-celebration together with the Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, Mons. Tony Randazzo and Archdiocesan Moderator Mons. Peter Meneeley, and, spread among the congregation, were the Nigerian Seminarians in their cultural dress which was also shared by some of the Australian Seminarians with some success.

The Mass marked the successful conclusion of the Episcopal Visitation by Bishop Lucius Ugorji to his Priests and seminarians in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, in the course of which His Lordship re- negotiated and extended the term and terms of the Agreement between the Diocese of Umuahia and the Archdiocese of Brisbane, governing the placement and service of those Priests and Seminarians in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. This follows on the original agreement concluded in the episcopate of Archbishop Emeritus John Bathersby. 

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