New York @ Angela Merici Catholic Church
917 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Na Aha Nna, Na Nwa, Na Muo Nso. Amen.
Welcome to Igbo Catholic Community
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR
When Jesus was asked the question: Who is my neighbor? He did not attempt any simple and direct answer but used parabolic and vivid images in his illustration and powerful story telling that lives for- ever in the memories of his listeners. Each time one retells the story, there floods back images and pictures and meanings that make one think deeply about our relationships with one another. The publicly acclaimed and respected figures [caregivers] crossed the other side of the road in order to avoid any contact or contamination or even be forced to help the wounded person. The victim was one of their own and by right expected them to help him out. Low and behold, it was a social outcast, a Nobody, who took the risk to cross the line in order to help the victim. It was a radical decision that could spell doom for him yet he was not thinking about himself but about the fate of the victim. 'The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me? But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him" Martin Luther King Jr. It was a selfless service, borne out of love for any human being not just our own kind. 'Love is sacrifice. Love sacrifice itself for its neighbor' Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. 'Men think that it is impossible for a human being to love his enemies; for enemies are hardly able to endure the sight of one another. Well, then shut your eyes, and your enemy looks just like your neighbor" Soren Kierkegaard. Don't see your neighbor as just your kinsman, tribal man, village man, a guy from the same State, town or city with you or even one who goes to the same Church with you. We have to dismantle those barricades, barriers, walls of separation and reach out to the other person on the other side. We can make the world a better place.
BY REV. FR. STEVE OSCAR OKEKE
Our mission is to establish a thriving Catholic ethnic community for the Igbo Diaspora in New York. We seek to build a community that galvanizes and serves as a rallying point, a fountain of hope, and a forum for the worship of Almighty God in Igbo language and in accordance with the Roman Catholic faith. We envision a community that preserves and perpetuates the Igbo culture, language, social values, charity, and our Roman Catholic heritage through evangelization, catechesis, Bible studies, and advancement of Catholic principles and ideals.