In this interview for ‘God Send Sunday’ on KFM, Fr Peter discusses his ministry to the African community in our diocese. Video also available.
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Fr. Peter Uzochukwu is a priest of the diocese of of Nnewi in Nigeria. He recently completed his doctoral studies in the Catholic university of Louvain Belgium. Following an agreement between Bishop Moriarty and the Bishop of Nnewi, Bishop Hilary O. Okeke, Fr Peter is spending a year in the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin to help in assisting the immigrants in our midst. He has been offered a residence in Portlaoise Parish where he also undertakes some parochial duties.
Fr. Peter’s work entails helping the existing diocesan personnel in coordinating the immigrant communities in the diocese; specifically reaching out to Africans living and working among us. This work includes caring for both the the spiritual and temporal welfare of the immigrants.
This task, which concretely entails:
- Celebrating the Holy Mass in English language and in a fashion that appeals to African spirituality or forms of worship
- Occasional spiritual retreats, promoting devotions like Bible Study groups, Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement, Children’s After-school sessions, etc.
- Attending to the spiritual needs (e.g. baptism, reconciliation, counselling) of the various groups of Asylum-seekers that are currently living in the different hostels scattered around the diocese.
- Needless stressing that this also entails some social activities like dance and drama through which the various immigrant communities and the host Irish community can be mutually enriched and integrated.
- He is to work with parish teams for reception and integration.
We warmly welcome Fr Peter to our diocese. We look forward to a great collaboration.
Fr. Peter is available to help parishes, chaplaincies or communities in reaching out to your local African community, especially in our form of conducting the Catholic worship.
Fr Peter can be reached as follows –