MANHASSET, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 21, 2012
In his new book “The Catholic Priesthood: Recapturing the Fading Glory” (published by iUniverse), Rev. Fr. Anthony O. Ezeoke offers Catholics of every nation a roadmap to reclaiming the church’s pride and purpose through the institution of the priesthood.
He hopes his book will drive Catholics to “…recapture the apostolic zeal that targeted at the salvation of souls by a vigorous proclamation of the Gospel of the kingdom of God with great passion without any fear.”
Through short, easy-to-digest chapters, Ezeoke reviews the role of priests in the Old and New Testaments, Jesus as the high priest, and the apostles’ calling to continue Jesus’ ministry. He addresses specific questions related to some of the issues plaguing the church today and offers hope and inspiration for change. Above all, he issues an encouraging plea for every member of the Catholic Church to reawaken the Gospel within their hearts.
“The priest is like a marketing or advert manager of the faith,” Ezeoke says, “and chief catechist whose duties it remains to teach, sanctify and lead the Christian community, roles which are non-transferable but must be discharged with love and devotion.”
“As priests, we cannot live out our vocation effectively unless we make this self- donation in total self-giving and emptying in a sincere companionship with the Lord with great devotion for the salvation of souls.”
About the Author
Rev. Fr. Anthony O. Ezeoke, a lawyer by profession, was ordained a Catholic priest on August 22, 1992, a day after he turned 40 years old. He was born and raised in Nigeria.
As a priest Ezeoke is tirelessly active, having served and continuing to serve in a multitude of positions such as chaplain, organizational secretary and parish priest in Nigeria.
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