Anglican Communion admits Dame Sotonye, 41 others into Knight of Blessed Virgin Mary

… Service to humanity is service to God.

Rt. Rev. Markus M Dogo, and Lord Bishop, Dioces of Kafachan stated this while delivering a sermon titled “Growing in service” during the investiture of knights into the order of Knight of St Christopher and Knight of Blessed Virgin Mary.

The event which took place at St. Peter’s Dinery, Yenagoa admitted and invested 42 members of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Ecclesiastic Province of the Niger Delta, and Diocese of the Niger Delta.

Rt. Rev Dogo said the order of the knighthood is invested on men and women who have distinguished themselves in the service to the church and humanity, noting that this investiture into knighthood is the highest of laity in the church of God Anglican communion.

He outlined some qualities of the knighthood which include a communicant, husband of one wife, blameless in conduct, given to hospitality, not a member of secret society and not given too much wine.

The man of God Urged those ordained to fulfill God’s work and multiply their services to the church and mankind, while attributing the qualities of knighthood to Saint Christopher who was venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman emperor Decius.

He said St. Christopher is being remembered all over the world as a man of great size and strength who devoted himself to Jesus by helping travelers cross a dangerous river, which made it one of the most popular patron saints for travelers in the Middle Ages.

Hence, the reason for admitting and investing the men and women who have carried the service of Christ and humanity in their hearts in the into the knight of St. Christopher.

According to him, giving is one of the basic principle for children of God to appropriate the love of God in them, noting that giving to church and humans can pave way for healing, promotion, breakthrough among others.

The investiture, which was conducted by His Lordship Rt Rev Dr. Emmanuel O. Oko-Jaja, was admitted and invest on 42 members of the Church, including Dame Sotonye Wabote.