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Catholics Celebrate Father’s Day With Peace Walk

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 12:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sam Akadoro  – Sapele


Serving God requires healthy people and serving him alone will not be enough to build a better health for the body. This could be what informed the decision of the members of St John Vianney Catholic Church, Ekpan-Warri, Delta State, to embark on a Peace Walk in the area as part of their 2015 annual “Father’s Day” celebration.

The walk which sensitised their members and Deltans in general on the need for healthy living, was also a form of evangelisation of the word of God to Nigerians, and in line to the theme of the celebration, ‘Touching Lives’, that through communal participation of God’s Faithful in human activities like sports the word of God can be brought closer to the people.

The exercise, started from the Church premises in the early hours of Saturday 13, June 2015, succeeded in bridging the gap between the old and young in the Church, as Catholic Faithful above the age of sixty were seen participating in the exercise.

Addressing the press on what informed their decision to hold a peace walk in the area, the President of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the parish, Mr Reginald Nnoshiri, noted that it was an approach for them to keep healthy.



as a lot of people were coming up with high blood pressure as a result of the high cholesterol and fat in their body, and by the peace walk, such ailment can be controlled.

“So we decided to do this, as part of our programme for this year 2016 father’s day celebration, and it maybe once in a month from now on in the parish to carry out such walk and burn calories in the body and build a better health for all, So we can serve God better,” he said, as he also advised on the need for appropriate resting as well as eating the right way.

In the same vein, Mr Hyacinth Onukagha in his 60s expressed pleasure in participating in the exercise, and looked forward to another month.

“It’s the first of its kind in this parish, although we have been featuring in many activities like football and the rest of them, but we the elder  were never included, but today is a different case and I thank God that I participated, as it will relieve me from many things.

Although we cannot compete with the younger once but we will try to make it when we can.

He also advised the Government to do more in inculcating the spirit of exercise amongst the people especially the old.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Ogborikoko Deanery of Catholic Diocese of Warri, Mr Samuel Igberease, and a parishioner of St John Vianney Parish, said the exercise on the Peace Walk by the parish CMO, is a means of touching the lives of Nigeria to assure them of God’s love for them.