THE Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ilupeju, Bodija Express, Ibadan, Oyo State, Very Reverend Father Benedict Ugwoegbu, has charged members of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Nigeria to focus on their faith in God and ignore side talks as they work to help the church and defend the faith.
Father Ugwoegbu gave the charge in his homily at a Mass where seven of the knights were elevated to the second and third degrees in the Order, held at the parish.
He noted that KSM Nigeria had been of immense help to the church in numerous ways, and charged the knights to, like the Apostles asked Jesus, always seek to increase their faith for a sustained fervour in the work of God and His church.
Father Ugwoegbu said: “You are not knights and ladies of the church because of what you wear but because of what you do and how you do it.
“Your colours of green (symbolising productivity); purple (royalty) and red (love) show that these should be your banner. You must therefore be productive, act with humility and carriage of royalty and live with love. Fan into flame your faith.”
Speaking on behalf of the Metropolitan Grand Knight of Ibadan Metro Council, the Coordinating Grand Knight of the Ibadan Sub-Councils, William Otoba, reiterated that the KSM Nigeria was not a secret cult, stressing that it was founded by a priest and monk, Father Anslem Ojefua on June 14, 1953 to actually counter evil/secret groups.
He said one of the activities of the KSM Nigeria was to defend the faith and support in the development of growing parishes, and called on the faithful to also support the church in their own little way.
Otoba said: “The Order is not a secret cult but a lay organisation approved by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). As a matter of fact, our bishops are de facto members of KSM. And they cannot be members of a group that is ungodly.”