“Quidquid initium habet, finem habet”, whatever has a beginning has an end. In the early hours of the 8th day of February 2015, death brought to an abrupt end the life of our confrere and the only Spiritan bishop in Nigeria, Most Rev. Vincent Ezeonyia, CSSp. His demise is simply heartbreaking!
The soft spoken doctor of the Classics was ordained a Catholic priest on 3rd August 1968. He was elected to be a bishop by Pope John Paul II on 2nd April 1990 with the creation of the Catholic diocese of Aba from Umuahia diocese.
On 1 July 1990, he was ordained a Bishop by Archbishop Paul Fouad Naïm Tablet the Titular Archbishop of Sinna with Late Bishop A.G. Nwedo CSSp and Late Archbishop A.K. Obiefuna of Onitsha Archdiocese as co-consecrators.
“Brother Vin”, as he is fondly called in Spiritan circles, took canonical possession of the Catholic diocese of Aba on 2nd July 1990 in a ceremony of episcopal installation at Christ the King Cathedral Aba.
A man of aesthetics and modesty and a Spiritan to the core, lived strictly by the motto of his episcopacy namely: “to serve with joy.” Until his death, he amiably and joyfully served the people of God in his diocese. With the same joyful spirit, he attends every Spiritan event in Nigeria, wherein he humbly shares pleasantries with all confreres and prefers to be addressed as “Brother Vin”.
We will surely miss him! May his gentle and beautiful soul rest in perfect peace. Amen!