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St. Augustine’s College, Oghara

15 Sep 2017, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Augustinians

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The 14th day of September is a day set aside by the Catholic Church to celebrate the power, the exaltation, and the victory of the cross.

Celebrating achievement is an exciting thing to do, and that was the mood at Oghara yesterday (14th September 2017), the same day the Church celebrated the exaltation of the cross. The name Oghara may not be very familiar even to many Nigerians. Still, it is the name of a growing village situated between two great ancient kingdoms of Benin and Wari. A village that was lighted up yesterday by the extraordinary presence of many Augustinian friars and their friends to celebrate the official opening of St. Augustine’s College, Oghara. It was a celebration of achievement for the Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, Very Rev. Fr. Abubakar John O.S.A, his Council, and the entire Augustinian family in Nigeria.

St. Augustine’s college gate

The college is the third of its kind in Nigeria. The huge gate to this college boldly tells how the college is not just a school but a Centre for excellence, a citadel of learning where future world leaders are to be trained.

The intimidating structures immediately tell any visitor that the Nigerian Augustinians under the able leadership of the Prior Provincial, Fr. Abubakar O.S.A. and his Council are ready to take the Province to the next level.

There is no doubt that our holy father, Augustine, intercedes for us even as we struggle to maintain the academic excellence he stood for. His statue boldly erected in the school not only welcomes you but immediately tells you the mission and vision of St. Augustine’s College, Oghara.

The statue of St. Augustine

At Mass, we prayed for the grace to keep the vision and the mission. Trusting God for his help, the school was confidently commissioned by the Prior Provincial, and other forms of entertainment followed. We are so proud of our achievements, and we continue to pray to God to give us the grace to do more.

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The Prior Provincial commissions the school