The night of Tuesday, December 16, 2014 was a memorable one as Bigard family gathered to celebrate the Christmas Gala night before the seminary vacated for the Christmas holiday the next day.
The events of the night began with an opening prayer by Rev. Fr. Dr. Francis Igboanugo. This was immediately followed by the presentation and blessing of the kolanuts.
The Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Ukoro T. Igwe in his address said that Christ, God made man is the reason for the joyous season. He welcomed everyone to the celebration. He went further to express his sincere and unalloyed gratitude to his co-formators and the lay workers for their selfless services to the Seminary. He also applauded the docility and receptivity of seminarians to formation since resumption in October.
Christmas Gala night is a special day set aside by the Seminary, on the one hand to thank God for his guidance through the calendar year and on the other hand, to appreciate each other in the spirit of the Christmas season. The Seminary also uses the forum to appreciate in a most special way the efforts of the members of the Catholic Workers’ Volunteer Force in sustaining the health of the Seminarians. Thus the high point of the Rector’s address was the presentation of gifts to the members.
The night’s event was spiced with various presentations. One of the formators, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cletus Umezinwa, the Vice Rector 1 and Music director of the Seminary thrilled the audience with a song rendered in his angelic voice. The members of the seminary main choir were also at their best.
Other presentations included a solo rendition by Ugwuanyi Samuel Ikedichuukwu in Italian language, standup comedy by Ebubedike Paul and Oha Charles, cultural display known as Ikoro of Enyimba by Aba diocesan seminarians, a song titled Consideration by Odoh Ernest and group and a presentation by Bigard stage dancers led by Ebubedike Paul. These presentations were punctuated by performances by the Band of Bigard (BOB). At the end of the presentations was a vote of thanks by Rev. Fr. Dr. Albert Ikpenwa.
The night’s event ended with a closing prayer by Rev. Fr. Vitalis Ukwuaba, HOD, Philosophy.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.