The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, today ordained and installed Most. Rev. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Warri in Delta State.
Pope Francis, who Bishop Anthony Filipazzi represented, ordained and installed Bishop Ewherido at the Bishop’s Court, Holy Martyrs Seminary in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
In a homily, Filipazzi told Ewherido that the position he now occupies is not a worldly position or prestige and honorary title but a position to serve.
He pointed out that he is in a position to direct and administer the affairs of the diocese.
According to Bishop Filipazzi, “He is to protect the holy order and shepherd the flock of Christ.”
In an address, Bishop Anthony Ovayero Ewherido said, “All I have to say in response is, Thank you Lord, and to you be the glory now and forever more. Amen.”
He urged Nigerians to pray for a peaceful, fair and credible election in the country as the forthcoming 2023 elections draw near.
He also enjoined the people to shun corruption.
According to him, “Don’t sell your birthright. Vote righly.”
Bishop Ewherido, who was elated, thanked God for his ordination and installation as the Bishop of Warri Diocese.
He promised to work with the members of the church as a servant of God.
The interim Archbishop of Benin Diocese, Archbishop Augustine Akabueze asked Nigerians to go out and vote in the forthcoming election.
Present at the colorful event were the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege; Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, ably represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Ovie Festus Agas; the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori who’s the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State; Chief Thompson Okpoko SAN, and Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan, former Governor of Delta State, among others.