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Catholic priest urges colleagues to care for the poor, indigent

Catholic priest urges colleagues to care for the poor, indigent- Jos – Rev Fr David Ajang on Friday urged his fellow priests to cater for the poor and indigent persons in their various parishes and communities.

Ajang, who is the Chaplain in Plateau Government House Chapel, gave the advice in his sermon marking the 15th priestly anniversary of Set 2002 of St Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos.

According to him, the apostolate of a Catholic priest would not be complete without putting in deliberate efforts to develop love and affection for the poor.

He said priests always got so many favours from the rich in the society, favours they might not necessarily need, hence they should redirect such gestures to the poor who did not have any means.

“Your apostolate can never be complete with you being biased towards the poor and indigent in your various parishes.

“You must develop love and affection towards the poor; you must fight to ensure no one tramples on their rights.

“The poor in our parishes have nowhere to go to; they have no one to fall back to except their priests, and so you must give them time and attention.

“If you do not have the wherewithal to assist them yourself, at least you know someone who can help, do not hesitate to connect them,” he urged.

Ajang called on the people to consistently pray for their priests and indeed all their religious leaders so as not to fall short of God’s expectations as a result of their human weakness.

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Speaking on behalf of the set, Rev Fr Alexander Dung, thanked the lay faithful across various dioceses for the support accorded members of the set in the last 15 years.

Dung, who is the Communication Director of Jos Archdiocese, said that their priestly sojourn was never without challenges, but for people’s prayer the challenges were surmountable.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Set 2002 consist of 10 priests of which one has died.

The rest nine are working in various Dioceses across Nigeria.