Fr. Innocent Opogah
Fr Innocent wrote to us after he left in October 2013 saying:
LIFE OUTSIDE ST. MARY CADOGAN
It was a very interesting time I had at St. Mary Cadogan. It was quite challenging and sometimes too demanding as parish works always unavoidably had to come in the way of academics. However these challenges only brought out the best in me as I saw them not as obstacles but as stepping stones.
Canon Wilson, the Parish Priest, a hard working Pastor, a dynamic leader and hard working character is not one who would entertain laziness and sluggishness. I need not say more about my experience with him. As for the Parishioners it was a family based community where everyone had the opportunity to be involved in spiritual and social affairs. Hence I totally had a very interesting time with them.
I thank God I came to the UK to study. I thank God I worked in a vibrant parish and I thank God for the experience I gained which will make me a better person.
Thank you for your love.
Fr Innocent writes (Oct 2012):
Rev. Fr. Innocent Opogah arrives in London for the first time ever and like the proverbial African chicken, in a bid to familiarize himself with his new environment, still stands on one leg, trying to understand the environmental changes and cultural differences of the people without losing sight of the real goal of being in London, that is Academic growth.
A Priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria, from a family of seven siblings amongst whom there is a Rev. Sr of the Order of "Mater Orphanorum" presently working in Cameroon. All other siblings are happily married. Fr. Innocent was ordained on the 4th of August 2001 and has gained all his pastoral experience working in the Archdiocese of Lagos until the need for a Priest in the area of Pastoral Theology became necessary for the Archdiocese; hence Fr. Innocent is here to study at Heythrop College.
On arrival to London, arrangement had being made for a place in this beautiful parish and Canon Wilson graciously welcomed me warmly as did the parishioners when I celebrated my first time Mass with you. I am only a few days old in the parish and I feel really like a member of this community. I am so very grateful.
As a family of God's own people, I wish to crave the indulgence of those who are able to spare some time for prayers in the mornings to join us in praying the Divine Office and in this way we not only pray the Mass but also the Divine Office. Remember that a family that prays together stays together.
May the good Lord bless us with the gift of His love that we may all be made worthy of His eternal blessings. Amen.