Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja to support priests realise dream in music

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese has expressed the resolve of the diocese to support serious priests that want to go into music  to achieve their dream.

Onaiyekan said this in an interview with  Newsmen on the sideline of the launching of the maiden gospel music album by Rev. Fr Oluoma John.

The album is entitled“ In His Presence’’.

“As many priests that want go into music will be supported, provided they are serious and provided they are sincere with what they are doing.

“When money is involved, they must be accountable,’’ he said.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Auxiliary Bishop Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, Dr Anselm Umoren commended  Fr.John for the music.

According to him, the launch is geared toward making more launching for young ones in the future.

Umoren said that the major lesson derivable from the launch was that the talent was not restricted to the host artist.

“The Cardinal and myself are behind him not specifically for him, but because of his action and what he is trying to do will benefit a lot more young people in the years to come,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Rev. Fr Robert Achiaga, who gave the citation of the Host Artist and the Album, appreciated God for using Fr. John to contribute to indigenous gospel in the country.

Achiaga said that foreign gospel artists and songs were dominance in the country in the 1960s.

“The translation from the dominance of foreign gospel artists and songs in Nigeria by a complete take over by indigenous gospel music was not without a concern for people like Fr.John.

“For instance, he has often wondered what is the quality of lyric of these gospel songs, the concern of the theological quality of the songs that dominate gospel music in Nigeria?

“The relevance of the song to the Christian life and songs, the place of the Catholic Church in the story of the growth of gospel music in Nigeria,’’ he said.

The Priest said that the host artist had always…

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