Ibadan, Nigeria. The Lay Claretians of Victoria Island, in recognition of their missionary calling within the Claretian family visited the our Claretian mission in Igbo-Ora.
The visit was carried out to have a sense of participation I the Claretian mission and as a mark of solidarity with professed members of the Claretian family who are on mission.
The Igbo-Ora mission is in the Archdiocese of Ibadan but is between 15 to 20 minutes drive from Abeokuta metropolis. It is also about two hours from Lagos where the group that made the visit set out from.
While on the visit, the Lay Claretian group took a walk round the mission house and the Church and asked the parish priest, Fr Livinus Orakwe, cmf, questions about the history And the nature of the mission in Igbo-Ora. His answers provided a lot of insight to the Lay Claretians about the mission, the joys and the challenges of working in the area. He also informed the group about the plan of the Delegation in providing a self-sustenance project for the mission
The group provided a token of support to the missionaries who are currently working in that mission. Among the Lay Claretians who were on the visit were the coordinator of Victoria Island Lay Claretains, Mr Obiora Unigwe, others are Mrs Ifeyinwa Osime, Joke Rokosu and the Lay Claretian Chaplain Fr Gregory Ezeokeke, cmf. The host, fr Livinus Orakwe, cmf expressed a lot of gratitude to the visitors for the visit which he considered very kind and thoughtful on their part. The visitors on their part were very grateful to Fr Livinus and to God for the opportunity to indentify themselves with the Claretian missionary activity. They felt they could build on their experience in Igbo-Ora and even improve on the quality of their subsequent visits.