On Saturday, 13 August, Bishop Seabury Anglican Church of Connecticut hosted the Archbishop of The Church of Nigeria, The Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh. The eucharistic gathering, called a primatial eucharist when visited by an archbishop, took place at Faith Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Groton, Connecticut. Archbishop Okoh has visited various CANA churches around the United States in the month of July, accompanied for some visits by his wife and daughter. Five other bishops from various Nigerian provinces were also present for this particular service.
The Rt. Rev. Julian M. Dobbs, Bishop of CANA East, celebrated Holy Communion, and The Rt. Rev. David J. Benna, Suffragan Bishop of CANA East, preached a sermon focused on our Lord’s Great Commission from Matthew 28. Well over 100 people were in attendance.
The Rev. Geoffrey Little and Blanca Little from All Nations Church represented the ADNE, along with The Rev. Daniel Sylvia from Church of the Redeemer, Franklin. The Rev. Little brought greetings from Bishop Bill in the course of the service.
After the service, Archbishop Okoh led a forum, responding to various questions from the congregation. He spoke frankly about the need for Christians in Nigeria to stand firm against Muslim insurgence and for Christians in the United States to stand “equally strong” against secular attacks on orthodox faith. He commented that in “standing firm, each in our own contexts, we are brothers in the Lord.”
*Special thanks to The Rev. Geoff Little for reporting on this special event and for the photo seen above of our ADNE team and Archbishop Okoh and family.