Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Brother Stephen Lucas, OP at a special Press Conference held in St. Dominic's Parish Yaba. Also present were the Provincial, Pastor, Dame Felicia Okoli (Chairperson, L. O. C), Mrs. Helen Hunt, Mrs. Esther Ochonogor, Mr. Gaston Santos, Mr. Okechukwu Aniche, Mr. Dotun Labinjo, Princess Funmi Oyalana, Mr. Emmanuel Ozoezi, Mr. Raphael Ezike, Mr. Emmanuel Adekeye, the Young Christian Workers and other prominent delegates including Press Men and Women from Silverbird TV, Super Screen TV, NTA, Lumen Christi, Thisday, Guardian, The Nation, Catholic Herald, etc.
Brother Stephen explained how he was assigned and arrived in Nigeria 57 years ago in obedience and started his missionary work and promoting vocations. Through these years, he founded and developed numerous projects such as the Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, St. Jude Apostolate, Society for Vocations Support (SVS), the Dominican Clinics in Makoko, Yaba and Mafoluku, St. Andre Du-Lac Church Makoko for the Egun Community, Dominican Schools in Mafoluku, Veritas Studios, Our Lady of Tarkwa-Bay and so on.
He also advised the Government and the people of Nigeria to be more tolerance and should respect their cultural diversity for peace and progress in the country. According to him, every ethnic group in Nigeria no matter how small is a blessing and that whole unit (Nigeria) must be kept together for progress. He noted that many years ago when he arrived Nigeria, there was no attention to oil in the country and the economy was agro driven. Then, one could see all the beautiful produce from different regions of the country and there was peace. He advised that the country must return to agriculture to achieve her full potential for economic growth as against solely depending on oil.
The Pastor also narrated his vocation journey and how today he is a Priest through the help of Brother Stephen Lucas, OP who now serves as his Spiritual Father. The Provincial also told how he met Brother Stephen as a very young boy in the Parish. Other delegates gave superlative experiences of the humility, sincerity, goodness and care of Brother Stephen Lucas, OP.
Check up publications this week in the news and print media for information on the conference. Our Team is also working on some video podcast for view sometime.