Behold the New Priest… Rev. Fr. Victor Femi Orilua, CSSp
The Spiritan Family of Foundation of Nigeria SouthWest has been blessed with the first priestly ordination since the elevation of our circumscription to an autonomous Foundation. Victor Oluwafemi Orilua, CSSp becomes the first priest ordained for Foundation of Nigeria SouthWest.
An indigene of Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti State, Nigeria, “Femi” as he is popularly known, studied Philosophy at the Spiritan School of Philosophy, Isienu Nsukka and Theology at the Spiritan International School of Theology (SIST) Attakwu, Enugu.
Most Rev. Felix Femi Ajakaye, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese was the ordaining prelate. In his homily, the bishop admonished the new priest to be faithful to his vocation, which is principally, a call to service. The venue was St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral Parish, Ikere-Ekiti.
The joy and excitement of this landmark celebration cannot be overemphasized as the entire Ikere town, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, went agog with profound jubilation. Apart from being the first ordination for our nascent Foundation, Femi’s ordaination also broke the jinx of “ordination draught” in Ikere Ekiti. This is so because the last ordination in Ikere was in December 1999, when Frs. Tunde Alabi and Sylvester Adeniyi (both Spiritans) were ordained in the same St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral Parish, Ikere-Ekiti.
Present at the ordination ceremony was a host of Spiritan priests and seminaians led by the Superior of the Foundation, Fr. Hyacinth Ogbodo, CSSp as well as many other priests and religious from Ekiti and different parts of Nigeria. Of course, the lay faithful were in their hundreds dancing to the rhythm of Yoruba cultural music that filled the air as both eating and drinking were necessarily going on.
Saturday, July 2, 2011 will be evergreen in our minds! We remain grateful to God for this great blessing as we wish Fr. Femi happiness, contentment and perseverance in the priesthood.