Tears, tributes as Rev. Fr. Pius Ukor’s body is buried in Onitsha Basilica cemetery
The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke has described the late Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Pius Ukor as a man of God who fought the good fight with faith.
The Archbishop who presided over the funeral Mass at the Holy Trinity Basilica, Onitsha, also used the occasion to remind all the people present at the ceremony that death is as an inevitable end for all mortals. He added that the late Fr. Ukor, who until death was also the Editor-in Chief of the Archdiocesan newspaper – Trinitas, will be remembered for his selfless service to the Archdiocese and to the society in general.
In his homily at the Mass, the homilist, Rev Fr John-Bosco Okafor, describe Late Fr. Ukor as a true servant God who served in the Lord’s vineyard with all humility and obedience. He used the occasion to remind all present that is imminent and everybody should always be prepared because “no one knows when where and how it will come”.
The funeral ceremony was also attended by Bishop Denis Isizoh, the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha; Bishop of Issele-Ukwu Diocese, Most Rev. Michael Odogwu Elue; over 200 priests from different parts of the country, including members of the Diocesan/Religious Directors of Social Communications; the association which Fr. Ukor was its immediate past President. Also in attendance were members of the family of the deceased, government functionaries, friends and dignitaries from all walks of life including; Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State and the former APGA National Chairman, Senator Victor Umeh.
It will be recalled that the late Fr Pius Ukor slumped and died during a novelty football match between priests of Onitsha Archdiocese and their Issele Uku counterparts in Asaba, the Delta state capital, on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.