Diocesan administrator Rev. Kevin McGee (left) presided at a recent installation liturgy for Rev. Madonna-Godwin Aghedo, OP, who is pastor of four parishes in the Davidson Pastoral Region of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. (Tim Yaworski photo)
DAVIDSON, Sask. — Parishioners from four parishes in the Davidson pastoral region gathered Jan. 15 to celebrate the official installation of Rev. Madonna-Godwin Aghedo, OP, as pastor.
A Dominican priest from Nigeria, Aghedo arrived in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon earlier this fall to serve at the parishes of Sacred Heart in Davidson, Holy Redeemer in Elbow, St. Andrew's in Kenaston, and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Outlook.
In recent months, diocesan administrator Rev. Kevin McGee has presided over the pastoral installation of several of the recently arrived international priests presently serving in the Diocese of Saskatoon.
The installation liturgy held during the celebration of Sunday eucharist at Sacred Heart Parish in Davidson included prayers and promises made at various spots throughout the church building: at the baptismal font, at the confessional, before the holy oils, at the ambo, before the altar, and at the priest's chair.
After a Scripture reading and reflection on priestly service related to each location, McGee asked Aghedo and the congregation to express their commitment to celebrate and live the sacraments and to proclaim and live the Word of God.
During his homily, McGee reflected on the call to do God's will in every present moment - including in the midst of everyday life with its challenges and difficulties, large or small. “If you want to become a saint, say to God, courageously, with heart open: 'I come to do your will,' ” he said, citing the psalm refrain from the Sunday readings.
“At some point in his life Father Madonna-Godwin also said, 'Here I am Lord, I come to do your will,' and answered the call that included religious life with the Dominicans in Nigeria,” said McGee. “And that generosity and openness also brought him here to the cold prairies of Saskatchewan.”
To do God's will means to live the calling that God has placed before each one of us, McGee added, whether that is the call to marriage, to religious life, to priesthood or to single life. “It is also living each day with the people that surround you - your children, your spouse, your friends, your work, your career - and living every present moment as God's will for you.”
Addressing the faithful at the conclusion of mass, Aghedo expressed appreciation for the support and friendship of McGee, the first person in the diocese that he spoke to, and the support of the parish communities. He also expressed his delight in serving four parishes named for the Sacred Heart/Holy Reedemer, for the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the Apostle St. Andrew. “And I have yet to feel cold,” he said, with a smile. “I know your prayers are there, to keep carrying me on the wings of the wind.”