A Catholic Priest at the Abakaliki Catholic Diocese, Ebonyi State, St Patrick’s Parish, Ezza Ofu, Rev. Fr. Raymond Eselu, have died on steering while returning from a colleague’s burial ceremony.
According to a statement by the Diocesan Chancellor, Fr. Matthew Uzoma Opoke, Eselu was confirmed dead at the Alex Ekweme Federal Teaching Hospital, AE FETHA II, after an auto crash which occurred in front of St. Theresa’s Cathedral, Abakaliki.
Eselu, 47, had attended the burial ceremony of the Parish Priest, St Paul’s Parish Amudo, Ezza LGA, Fr Christopher Agwu, who died on August 4, after battling a terminal illness. It was gathered that Eselu left the event and was driving to see his doctor when he passed on, leaving the car to roll and stop abruptly. Agwu and Eselu were ordained on July 6, 1996, and July 7, 2007, respectively.
The Diocese, which eulogized Agwu at his burial, officiated by the Bishop of the diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu, described Eselu, as ‘a “brilliant, jovial, dedicated and workaholic priest, who took delight in celebrating the mass”.
He will be buried on September 6 after a requiem mass.
FARE THEE WELL FR. BIGBOY-RAY
Rev. Fr. Raymond was a jolly good fellow. I never knew him earlier before 1996/97. He had been in SPY a year ahead of me but I rounded up and stepped aside for him and others to fill the limited vacancies in the prestigious Pontificia Università Urbaniana (Rome) for Philosophy 1, that academic session.
He was never caught frowning. He was never at loggerheads with any son of man.
Fr. Ray was loved by all that came across him. He was an examplary priest, dedicated to his service to God and mankind.
Ovungwongwo was my friend 😭😭😭. He made 1st Class in all his academic degrees.
May he enjoy the full benefits of the sacrifices he has made for the purpose of the Kingdom.
Smile home, Rev. Fr. Raymond Ifeanyi Eselu, till we meet again.
– Anthony Nwizi