May 9, 2022 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — The Most Reverend William E. Koenig, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will ordain Mr. Onyedikachukwu Chibundu John Enemuo, a seminarian for the diocese, to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The Mass of Ordination will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear, Delaware. The Mass of Ordination will be live-streamed on the diocesan YouTube channel – www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.
Mr. Enemuo, age 31, is a native of Nigeria and graduate of Mercy Seminary Bende, Albia State, Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede, Imo State University and Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. He is currently working on an advanced degree at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a seminarian, Mr. Enemuo has served at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, Church of the Holy Cross in Dover, and Saint Peter the Apostle/Holy Spirit Parishes in New Castle, Delaware.
“It has been a journey and there have been times of challenge, but God has led me thus far and I give God all the glory,” Mr. Enemuo said recently. “I pray every day to be a servant and a true servant to the people of God. I also give gratitude to my parents and siblings for their support and most importantly, prayers.”
Diaconate is a ministry rooted deeply in scriptural accounts of the early church. The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word diakonia, which means, “to serve.” There are two types of deacons in the Catholic Church, those who are ordained to the order and remain in it (permanent deacons) and those who are ordained to the order on their way to priestly ordination (transitional deacons). Mr. Enemuo is on track to be ordained to the Priesthood in 2023.
More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase vocations-awareness and to work with people who may have priestly or religious vocations is available by contacting the Rev. Norman Carroll, Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations at 302-573-3113 or [email protected] More information is available at www.cdow.org/vocations.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 29 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Information is available at www.cdow.org.
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