Adikpo Deanery of the Catholic diocese of Gboko on the 23rd of October, 2016 played host to the Catholic Bishop of Gboko diocese Most Rev. William AVENYA on the joyous occasion of the installation of Very Rev. Fr. Matthew Terver DZER as the Dean of Adikpo Deanery and the presentation of the Franciscan Sisters who are to manage St. Monica’s Hospital, Adikpo. The occasion was attended by priests of the deanery, religious both local and international, traditional rulers, lay faithful and numerous notable sons and daughters of Adikpo land.  

Coinciding with the celebration of Mission Sunday, the ceremony began with the Holy Mass celebrated by Most Rev. William Avenya.   During his homily which was centred on the “Mercy of God” (in line with the Jubilee Year of Mercy), the bishop stressed that “God as a merciful Father, shows us His mercy in all spheres of life as his children”.  He also reminded the faithful of Jesus’ command to His disciples to be missionaries of mercy:, "Go into the entire world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). 
Using Africa as a reference point, the bishop said, “We Africans were evangelised by the Western missionaries, who have gone back to their land. Consequently, it is our responsibility to continue this work of mission just as Pope Paul VI told us in Kampala, “Africans be missionaries to yourselves”. The bishop summed up his homily by advancing four ways on how to carry out missionary work successfully:
a)    Praying for sincere ministers of God.
b)    By keeping to the word of God.
c)    Parent should not discourage their children from following God’s ways, especially those who show interest in becoming future ministers of God.
d)    To support the Pope financially and in many other useful ways. 
Another important aspect was the elevation of Rev. Fr. Matthew DZER from Acting Parish Priest to Parish Priest, and his consequent installation as the Dean of Adikpo Deanery. Bishop William urged the newly installed Dean to follow in the footsteps of Christ by preaching the ‘word without fear, administering the sacraments to the faithful and supporting them in whatever possible good works.
The newly installed dean of Adikpo deanery thanked the bishop on behalf of the priests of the deanery and also welcomed the Vicar General of Franciscan Sisters Worldwide, alongside with the other members of the Franciscans sisters present and assured them of his support since they also have become part of the deanery.
Bishop William Avenya thanked the entire congregation, especially the Traditional Fathers of the Land for being part of the joyous and historic occasion. Furthermore, He asked the people to show love to the Franciscan Sisters who have come to work with and for them and especially considering that they are new in the land. The bishop concluded by saying “the Church’s is for everybody, likewise her land’. The presence of the Church in an area is to bring the gospel of Christ to the door step of everybody, since our goal is to make heaven at end. More so, the bishop used the medium to thank the people of Adikpo for their generosity by giving the Church a vast piece of land to erect a place of worship and a hospital.
After the Eucharist celebration, all processed to the New Franciscan Convent and Bishop Avenya blessed the convent. The Welcome Address was presented by the Laity Council Chairman of St. Ann’s Adikpo, Barrister Asemapenda Uger. In his speech, the Chairman acknowledged that it was indeed a historic day for the people of St. Ann’s and indeed Adikpo in general. Barrister Asemapenda Uger, thanked his Lordship Bishop William Avenya for identifying with them in spite of his tight schedules and also for bringing to them the Franciscan Sisters and for the installation of their parish priest as the Dean of Adikpo Deanery.  
Zaki Donatus S. Chula, on behalf of the Traditional Fathers of Adikpo thanked Bishop William Avenya for visiting their land and further assured the bishop of the safety of the Franciscan sisters who are to be in charge of St. Monica’s Hospital, Adikpo. As part of the Tiv culture, the Zaki; Donatus S. Chula, decorated the Bishop in Tiv cultural attire of anger. In the same way, the Christian Women Organisation (CWO) decorated the Vicar-General of the Franciscans Worldwide, the Vicar-General Franciscan Sisters Cameroon and the Vicar-General Franciscan Sisters Lafia in Anger traditional attire as a sign of welcoming them to Tiv Land. There was also presentation of gifts to both the bishop and the Franciscan Sisters followed by cultural dance displays by the C.W.O. and the youths of the parish.
In appreciation, the Bishop Most Rev. William Avenya thanked the Parish Priest and the lay faithful of St. Ann’s, the staff of St. Monica’s hospital and the Traditional Fathers for the warm welcome and gave the final blessings which marked the end of the occasion.
With kind regards and prayerful best wishes, I remain
Rev. Fr. Isaac DUGU
Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Gboko