Blessed Iwene Tansi Remembers; a memorial day for her seminarian, Hilary Eze. Date: Saturday, 13th January, 2024

Blessed Iwene Tansi Remembers; a memorial day for her seminarian, Hilary Eze. Date: Saturday, 13th January, 2024.

The Blessed Iwene Tansi Seminary in Onitsha, reverberated with a unique blend of mourning and joyous reminiscence on Saturday 13th January, 2024. The occasion? A heartfelt tribute to Mr. Hilary Tobechukwu Eze, a beloved student who, on December 14th, 2023, tragically embarked on a journey beyond the earthly realm. Hilary’s loss was particularly poignant, as he was due to be ordained a deacon on December 23rd, just days after his passing.

To honor his memory and celebrate the life he so brilliantly led, the seminary community gathered for a special family Mass. All the priests working at the seminary, alongside the Rector, Rev. Fr. Fabian Obi. In a poignant display of unity, the seminarians joined hands in the common rosary, their voices weaving a tapestry of faith and remembrance.

A special football match pitted the Year 4 class, Hilary’s peers, against the seminary team. This friendly competition served as a reminder of Hilary’s passion for the sport and his infectious enthusiasm for life. Laughter and cheers filled the air as players battled it out on the field, each goal a silent tribute to their fallen friend.

Throughout the day, stories of Hilary’s kindness, humor, and unwavering dedication to his faith echoed through the corridors of the seminary. He was remembered as a friend, a confidante, and a beacon of hope who touched the lives of everyone he met. His absence left a void, yet his spirit remained, a testament to the impact he made on the community.

The events of Saturday, January 13th, were more than just a memorial; they were a celebration of life, a living testament to the bond that unites the Blessed Iwene Tansi Seminary family. Though Hilary may be gone, his memory continues to inspire, his faith a guiding light for those who remain. He may not have graced the altar as a deacon, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of all who knew him, a reminder that even in the face of loss, love and hope can prevail.

As we grieve our loss, we hold dear the memories of Hilary Eze, forever grateful for the light he brought into our lives.

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