The Knights of St. John International (KSJI), an international sodality organisation of the Catholic Church, has joined the Church in Nigeria in mourning the death of the Catholic Bishop of Ilorin, Most Rev Paul Olawoore.
The organisation expressed deep shock and pains at the death of the bishop whom it described as a very dutiful and loveable personality who was a true shepherd of the flock.
In a condolence message to the Church in Nigeria, the Supreme Subordinate (national) President of the KSJI in Nigeria, Maj. Gen. (Prof.) Remy Uche, sympathised with the faithful in Ilorin on Bishop Olawoore’s passing, saying the news of the death of the late Bishop came to the Knights of St. John International (KSJI) in Nigeria as a shocking incident that threw the organisation into deep mourning, not just with Ilorin Diocese but also with the entire Catholic Bishops and the Church in Nigeria as a whole.
“News of the death of Most Rev. Paul Olawoore of the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin broke to us in Knights of St. John International with shock, disbelief and serious pain, of which the magnitude of our mourning is so deep and severe,” the SSP agonised.
On behalf of himself and the entire knights and ladies of the Knights of St. John International (KSJI) in Nigeria, Prof. Uche expressed heartfelt condolences to the leadership of CBCN, the entire Catholic Bishops and the Church in Nigeria for the death of Bishop Paul Olawoore.
“We’re visibly touched by having to go through this pain of loss, as we deeply mourn with the Church, praying that the soul of our late Bishop be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” the KSJI leader said in a statement signed by Sir Abuchi Anueyiagu, Chief of Staff to the SSP, Nigeria, KSJI.
The Supreme Subordinate President assured the Catholic faithful that the departed bishop would always be fondly remembered by the Order.
He prayed God to help the bishops to find some peace and solace to enable them cope with the death of their brother bishop.
“The members of the CBCN will be remembered in our prayers”, Maj. Gen. Uche concluded.