Abeokuta creates 6 new parishes
Feb 3, 2021

In order to further deepen the work of evangelization in the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, the Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Peter Olukayode Odetoyinbo has created six new parishes ...


St. Sebastian Ajegunle Parishioners visit Bishop Odetoyinbo
Feb 2, 2021

It was with joy and happiness that the parishioners of St. Sebastian Catholic Church,Ajegunle parishioners paid a visit to His Lordship, Most Rev Dr Peter Olukayode Odetoyi ...




In the name of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Abeokuta, I gladly welcome you to our website. I do hope the site serves your needs to discover the evangelization activities of our diocese.
 
As you encounter our diocese through this medium, I pray for God's protection and guidance over you and your family particularly in this period of Covid pandemic. Do remember our diocese in your prayers. God bless you.
 
Most Rev.Dr Peter OluKayode Odetoyinbo
Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese
 
2020/2021 Christmas/New YearMessage of His Lordship, Most Rev. Peter OlukayodeOdetoyinbo,

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta

 

Peace to men and women of good will.

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, aswe celebrate again the birth of our SaviourJesus Christ, we sing with joy the song of the angels “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to people of goodwill”. (Luke 2:14). Christmas reminds us of the love of God for mankind when He sent His only Begotten Son to redeem humanity and rescue mankind from sin.

The message of peace is fundamental to the birth of Christ. Christ the Prince of Peace came to establish peace and joy in our world, mend broken relationships and reconcile us with God. Christmas is a period of joy, for those who sit in darkness have seen a Great Light andJesus is thatLight that cannot be quenched(Matthew 4: 16). Our hope is in that Light amidst the fears of the ember months.

The present predicaments of our nation couldput our faith to the test and make us begin to doubt the realization of peace with the rising cases of poverty, corruption, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, headers/farmers clashes, youth unemployment, andthe irresponsive attitudes of our leadersand other realities that stare us in the face.

Let us not forget that God is in control, for Jesus is born, our King and Savior is here to save us. He is the Wonderful Counselor,Mighty God, Eternal Father,Prince of Peace who has come to offer us peace and reconcile us with God and one another (Isaiah 9:5). For His name is Emmanuel, God with us. The power of the Christian is that he/she belongs to Christ. Therefore, let us not allow the fear and tension created by men todiscourage us because God will not abandon us.

The year 2020 has been a tough one for all of us with the Coronavirus pandemic and the resultant economic recession.Let us nevertheless beassured that eventhoughwe walk through darkness, Christ remains the shining Star andwe must search and find Him like the Magi. Therefore, we rely on the abiding presence of Emmanuelto lead us in to the year 2021with courage and hope and take us through it.

We believe that our present challenges as a nation do not have the last word about us. Our faith in God’s providence encourages us that in all of these conflicts, we come triumphantly victorious by the power of him who loved us(Romans 8: 37). Let us be full of hope and remain positive about the issues that confront us as a nation. Each one is encouraged to be an instrument of peace. One does not have to be a Christian to do this but must be a God fearing individual who understands the tenets of peace, reconciliation and nation building. If we acknowledge Him and journey with Him, He has promised to be with us through every challengeand with Him, we have nothing to fear.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit through whom Mary conceived the baby Jesus should help us to confront and persevere in this difficult moment of our socio/political life. Let us invoke the giftsof the Holy Spirit: knowledge and wisdom on how to live our lives;fortitude, counsel and piety on faithfulness to God and the fear of God which is the foundation of wisdom. The fear of God should be the guiding principle to live in peace, harmony and justice with one another. May the peace of Christ which the world cannot give continue to reign in our lives and our nation Nigeria,as we love and care for one another most especially in this yuletide season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2021

 

Most Rev. Dr. Peter OdetoyinboBishop, Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta.       

 
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