MAKURDI, BENUE STATE -
Members of the National Association of Religious Education (NADRE) have stressed the importance of post marital catechesis for the sustainability of Christian marriages and have therefore called on their members in the country to re-double their efforts in this perspective.
This recommendation was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the Annual Conference of the association held early this year, at the Pastoral Centre, Makurdi, Benue State. The communiqué was jointly signed by Most Rev. Michael Elue of Issele-Uku, Episcopal Chairman of the association, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Dim, Chairman of the association and Rev. Fr. Joseph Ameh Onuh, National Secretary.
Other decisions contained in the communiqué include: Re-doubling of efforts in pre-marital and post-marital marriage catechesis; Increased appetite for reading healthy literatures on Christian marriage; Intense attention to family catechesis, prayer life and apostolate; Renewed parental commitment towards child upbringing and Increased prophetic resistance against anti-Christian and misguided ideologies.
Other recommendations were: Insertion of moral instruction in our educational curriculum at all levels; Application of parental checkmate and discerning minds over movies and programmes; increased media apostolate by the Church to counteract negative influences; Resolve to child adoption rather than let the case of childlessness tear marriages apart; increased practice of self-mastery through self discipline and self –control rather than devotion to contraceptives and Honest and joint efforts by individuals, government, institutions, and the Church towards poverty alleviation.
The theme of the conference was: Contemporary Challenges for Christian Marriage in Nigeria; and it was attended by delegates from most of the dioceses in the country.
In his address at the conference, the Secretary, CBCN Episcopal Committee for Religious Education, Catechesis and Biblical Apostolate, Mr. Femi Adeojo called on members of the association to be more pro-active and concretely advance the cause of their apostolate through positive and visible actions. He emphasized the importance of catechesis in the life of the Church and challenged the members to mobilize the faithful with the teachings of the Church to make them faithful and worthy followers of Christ.