REV. FR. ANTHONY GBENAYON GODONU APPOINTED ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS, LAGOS ARCHDIOCESE
An Acting Director of Social Communications has been appointed for the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. He is Rev. Fr. Anthony Gbenayon Godonu.
The Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev Dr Alfred Adewale Martins, who made this known, said the appointment takes effect from April 1, 2019.
Fr Godonu takes over from Msgr Gabriel Osu who had served meritoriously in that capacity for over two decades.
Rev Fr Anthony Godonu was born on the 23rd of March, 1976 to the family of late Mr. And Mrs. Roger and Celestina Godonu of Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin.
He grew up in Badagry where he had his primary and secondary school education at Our Lady of Apostles’ (O.L.A.) Primary School from 1984 to 1990 and Badagry Grammar School (B.G.S) from 1990 to 1996 respectively.
With the dream of becoming a Catholic priest, he was admitted into St. John of the Cross Seminary, Ekpoma, Edo-State for his one year Spiritual experience (a kind of preparatory year for the priestly training proper) in January 1998 under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos,
By October of the same year, he was admitted into the Major Seminary of All Saints, Uhiele-Ekpoma, Edo-State, for his philosophical and theological studies. There, he bagged his Bachelor of Art degree (B.A. Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Benin, Benin City in 2002.
Four years later, he bagged another Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology (B.Th.) from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, Italy in 2006.
On 15th December, 2005, Fr Tony G. as he is fondly called was raised to the diaconate alongside some of his classmates by his Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie at the Seminary of All Saints, Uhiele, Ekpoma, Edo State.
On the 9th of December, 2006, along with five other deacons, he was ordained a catholic priest by Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the then Archbishop of Lagos at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ajegunle, Lagos.
Since his ordination, Fr Tony has worked in the following parishes: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Ogba, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ibonwon, Epe, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Ebute-metta, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Ajegunle, St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Olodi, Apapa, and St. Gerald's Catholic Church, Soluyi, Gbagada.
Between these several pastoral assignments in the Archdiocese, he was sent to Rome, Italy in June, 2011 for post Graduate studies in Social Communications where he had his Masters degree in Communication. He returned in August 2012.
Currently, Fr. Tony is the Priest-in-Charge of the Catholic Church of the Presentation, Festac Town, Lagos. Father's hobbies include reading, listening to music, basketball and swimming.
Readings for Sunday, March 17, 2019 2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalter Week 2
Today’s Rosary: The Glorious Mystery
Theme of the Sunday:
*It is Difficult to Give Up One's Life in Love.*
The gospel shows us one of the most important moments in the life of Jesus, while he come to understand his mission, and he realises he will carry it out through humiliation and defeat. Jesus wants his disciples to accept the plan of the Father for him but they do not do so. Only after his death will they understand that the way of the cross was the way to life. The second reading continues with this gospel idea and invites all of us to die with Christ. The death we speak of here is the destruction of our selfishness. The first reading completes the message of the liturgy of today by presenting Abraham to us, the man who placed his trust in God and, because of this, was promised a county and numerous descendants. Christians who have the courage to place their trust in God, though in human eyes may appear to be failures, will in reality be blessed by God.
God enters into a convenant with the faithful Abraham
A reading from the Book of Genesis Genesis (15:5-12:17 - 18)
In those days: God brought Abram outside and said, "look, to wards heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them," Then he said to him, "So shall your descendents be. "And he believed the Loso; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness. And he said to him, “I am the Loco who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he brought him all these, cut them in two, and laid each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram; and behold, a dread and great darkness fell upon him. When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”
Ps. 27: 1.7-Sb.8c- 9abc.13-14
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall Ifear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
whom should I dread? R.
O LORD, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer me. Of you my heart has spoken, “Seek his face.” R.
R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me. Dismiss not your servant in anger;
you have been my help. R.
I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord! R.
Christ will change us to be like his glorious body.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians (Philippians 3 : 17-4: 1)
Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so walk as you have an example in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in this way in the Lord, my beloved.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians (Philippians 3:20-4:I)
Brethren: Our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself. Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in this way in the Lord, my beloved.
Glory and praise to you, O Christ. From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: this is my beloved Son, hear him. Glory and praise to you, O Christ.
“As he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 9:28b-36)
At that time: Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy w