Eulogies do not need to come when one has passed on to the great world beyond. One’s footprints while on earth should be celebrated, especially if the person is touching lives positively.
There are many reasons to thank God for you and with you. For the past Ten years, you have carried on your priestly ministry with nobility, maturity, simplicity and apostolic zeal. You are serving your diocese with contentment and outstanding dedication. In all these, through your prayers, words, sacramental celebrations, progressive ingenuity and other priestly actions, you have impressed heavily in the lives of your fellow priests and the people of God. Though these ten years must have posed a lot of challenges to you but you were never discouraged. To God alone be the Glory!. (Most Rev. Dr. Valerian M Okeke) (The Archbishop of Onitsha)
Therefore, between January 1st and 2nd 2018, loud noise of cymbals and drums reverberated across Awka-Etiti Town as people from all works of life appreciated the man largely describes as a good/focused priest.
Therefore, on the 2nd January, the popular Afor-Nnobi junction, roads reading to Awka-Etiti bustled with unusual traffic.
It was the 10th year’s celebration of his divine call to the priesthood.
SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF FR ADIMIKE
Born a few years back on the 12th July. The 6th Child in the family of eight. Born to the family of Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Veronica Adimike of Ejighinandu village, Awka Etiti in Idemili South L.G.A of Anambra State.
AT THE SEMINARY
He grew from a little altar server, thus after his primary school he proceeded to All Hallows Seminary Onitsha for his high school formation and graduated in July 1996. At All Hallows Seminary, he distinguished himself in character and learning, winning among other things, the Maria Knox Prize for the best student in fairness and consideration. That same year, he was posted to St. Jude Parish Fegge and subsequently, St. Mary’s Parish Nzam for a year pastoral experience which he successfully completed in August 1997. From October 1997 to June 1998, he was sent by the church to receive a year intensive training in Christian Spirituality at St. Pius X Spiritual Year Seminary Akwukwu. After successful completion of that most delicate and important stage, he was sent by his Bishop to the then Bigard Memorial Seminary , Awka Campus (now St. Pope John Paul II Major Seminary, Okpuno Awka) for a four-years course in philosophy. During his philosophical studies, he participated very actively in the life of the seminary which was then in its nascent stage. There, he co-founded the FOCUS Magazine, the official magazine of the seminary up till today; co-founded the JUSTICE Magazine, the yearly publication of the Justice and Peace Movement of the school and founded the PRO LIFE Magazine. Beyond the confines of the seminary, he was waxing even stronger as he founded in 1998, the Catholic Prolife Association of Nigeria (CAPRAN), an association that is visibly present till today in many tertiary academic institutions in Nigeria. In 2002, he went further to found the Seminarians-For-Life Nigeria, with the aim of creating greater awareness of the Prolife message among future priests. Four years, he was the President of the Seminarians-For-Life Nigeria and worked very hard in organizing in hosting of annual conferences, a practice the movement has maintained till date. By the time he graduated in Philosophy in June 2002, the Church was increasingly becoming aware of his extraordinary talents, hence he was quickly drafted into the Editorial Crew of the Christian Outlook Newspaper of Nnewi Diocese where he creditably served as the Associate Editor. This pastoral experience lasted till October 2003 after which he was posted to Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha for his theological formation. Upon his graduation in June, 2007, he bagged First Class Honours (Summa Cum Laude) with the second highest score recorded for that year.
ORDAINED A CATHOLIC PRIEST
A few days later, he finally realized his lifelong dream as he was ordained by Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke, the Archbishop of Onitsha to the Catholic Priesthood on 7th July, 2007 at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha.
Nevertheless, he was posted to the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha as an Associate Rector for one year as his first official assignment and was also appointed the Personal Assistant and the Press Secretary to the Archbishop of Onitsha until 2012, he was also appointed the Director and Chaplain of the Catholic Youths of Anambra State (ANCYON), Associate Director of Communications of the Archdiocese of Onitsha and the Associate Editor of the Trinitas Newspaper, the Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Projects Office and Chaplain Holy Family Society, Onitsha Archdiocese and Chaplain Faith Alive Fellowship.
Furthermore, Fr. George discharged these duties creditably well for five years before he was sent to Rome, Italy, for further studies. In Rome, he did his Licentiate Programme in Dogmatic Theology and graduated with First Class Honours (Summa Cum Laude) in 2015 from the prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University. He also became a Fellow of the Acton University/Acton Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA in 2017.Among other things, he has a certificate of linguistic proficiency in French from the L’Institut Catholique de Paris (Catholic University of Paris), France, and in Italian from the Universita degli Stranieri, Perugia, Italy. He has authored and/ or edited about 13 works.
Currently, he is doing his doctorate programme in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical University, Rome, Italy.
NOTES ON FR. GEORGE ADIMIKE
In all sincerity, words may fail us if we start to elucidate our unreserved good opinion and views on the person and personality of Rev. Fr. George Adimike, whom have become a focal point to his brother priests, seminarians and lay faithful.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. To Fr. George his life is a testimony of the trio greatness according to Shakespeare.
The life of this rare breed of outstanding repute and dignity can be fathomed to be a life of GRACE.
A very simple, cheerful and straightforward priest who miraculously escaped from a ghastly motor accident while on Archdiocesan mission.
A person whose love for the priesthood together with his avowed commitment in serving the living God and humanity , without allowing his academic pursuits and the lures of this world to dissuade him.
It was as a result of his outstanding personality and rare attributes in the priesthood, touching lives positively and leaving no stone untouched when sent on a assignment that has made him carve a niche to himself. Fr. Ratzinger as he is popular called is a great gift of God to the church. Many more fruitful years in the Lord’s vineyard.
The occasion which witnessed a massive turn up, have in attendance of more than 200 priests, more than 50 Rev. Srs. Monsignors’ Lawrence Madubuko, Basil Onwuasomba, lay faithful, friends, seminarians, well wishers from all works of life.
The Severance family, all the way from the United States of America also attended the event to testify to the goodness and personality of Fr. George.
It also witnessed some notable dignitaries like the former Governor of Anambra State ably represented by his Personal Assistant Mr Valentine Obienyem, Senator Annie Okonkwo, Chief Sir Victor Umeh the hopeful senator of Anambra Central and his wife, Chief Sir Dubem Obaze and his wife and many others numerous to mention
It was a celebration of love, gratitude and commitment to the will of God.