The Annual STAC Alumni Family Re-Union (STAFARE) of the Catholic Chaplaincy of St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy (STAC) of University of Ilorin comes up as scheduled below:

Date: Thursday Nov. 7th to Sunday 10th, 2019

Venue: STAC, University of Ilorin

Accommodation to be provided free in hotels in town.

We are all encouraged to be part of this years event.

There will be opportunities for the following:

1. Business Connections/Opportunities

2. Marital Opportunities

3. Time to wind up

4. Meet with Undergraduates to advise them

5. A lot of Social Activities

6. Awards

7. Meet with the two Bishop’s of Ilorin

And lots more

You don’t want to miss this

For more information call:

08039233787 – Alumni President

07033778877 – LOC Chairperson

 

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Presidential Address Delivered to STAC Alumni Association to Commemorate Her 17th Anniversary, on May 27th, 2018

Dear Brethren,

Calvary greetings to you all and happy 17th anniversary celebration.

On this special day, I write to congratulate you all for being part of the 17th Anniversary of our great Alumni Association. We thank the good Lord for thus far he has led us, it is my utmost prayer that He will continue to guide and lead us all successfully to our pre-destined end.

This year has really been a blessing to us all, as our theme of the year goes “Our Year of Faith and Work . . . James 2:17” we believe that in the remaining part of the year we shall continue to hear greater testimonies of the wonderful deeds of our Lord in the lives of every member of our association.

Usually, during occasions of this magnitude, we seize the opportunity to abreast ourselves of the origin of the alumni association, but this year because of the advent of technology, I shall not explain much but will encourage all of us especially our newly inducted members to visit our website on  www.stacalumni.com/about-us to get a comprehensive history of the alumni association and other important articles of the alumni. In summary, we give special regards to Engr. Matthew Ayokunle Olota and the team of the pioneer executives for yielding to the call of the then Chaplain Rev. Fr. David Anekwe (C.S.Sp.) to create an alumni association. Kindly visit the above link for a detailed explanation.

Achievements

So far, we thank the good Lord for the strength He has given us as executives to pilot the affairs of this great association. In course of the year, we had the following achievements:

  1. Increase in the welfare of our members by ensuring we have at least a representative in any of the events of our members.
  2. Incorporation of our birthday updates on our website since yahoo and gmail no longer offer the services of birthday auto notification. Realizing how important it is to wish a loved one “Happy Birthday” on his/her day made us to resolve to the use of our website, thanks to the alumni “I.T” team that assisted. You can visit www.stacalumni.com/birthday-celebrants/ daily to view birthday celebrants and wish them well in the comment session.
  3. The improvement and standardization of our alumni cooperative society (STAMCOS). It is our dream that the STAC Alumni Cooperative Society will soonest become the key cooperative society of all our members. We appreciate the team of the STAMCOS management executives for a job well done, you can get details about the cooperative on www.stacalumni.com/stamcos
  4. Mobilization and continuous awareness of the STAC Alumni Hostel Project, work is scheduled to commence hopefully by September as we await other members who are yet to key into the investment. Details of the hostel project can be found on www.stacalumni.com/hostel-update thanks to the members of the building committee.
  5. The improvement of the mentorship programme and provision of an official career nugget that will help not only the NFCSers but also our fresh graduates and those who need to diversify in their career, thanks to the mentorship coordinators. It is noted that there is a whatsapp group for the mentorship team (Alumni Coordinators) and the mentee (NFCSers) to ensure effective correspondence.
  6. Provision of IT placement for some NFCSers, although not quite comprehensive but we hope to do more subsequently. Hence we appeal that if you have vacancies for IT students in your places of work do kindly inform us.
  7. Financial support to the following:
  • To the Spiritan Community (North-West) on the occasion of their annual harvest.
  • To STAC Chaplaincy for the renovation and face lift of the church.
  • To Rev. Fr. Chike Oguejiofor (C.S.Sp.) for solidarity on the Illusory alleged involvement in a police case. visit (www.stacalumni.com/father-oguejiofor-cleared-of-criminal-charges/) for details
  • To NFCS for assistance in their academic seminar and transportation of the remedial students.

Challenges:

These past year haven’t been without challenges, below are some listed challenges we encountered:

  1. Lack of commitment from members and none participation of members to outlined zonal activities.
  2. Massive drift of members from Yahoo to Gmail hence our drive to transfer our database to Gmail group.
  3. Members hardly attend other members activities even when the event is within their zone.
  4. None payment of annual dues which we all know is our major source of income. Our annual dues register so far is on www.stacalumni.com/annual-dues/ you can see that only few people have paid, we appeal to all members to try and pay up their dues so as to enable us carry out the alumni activities effectively.
  5. Lack of jobs and viable means of livelihood by members which hampers their effective participation.

Prospects

Our projection for the future is as detailed below:

  1. Increase our welfare and communication among members.
  2. Incorporate all alumni members with gmail account to our newly created gmail group. With respect to this, we promise that all alumni members on the database shall be called, so kindly oblige our executives when they call you.
  3. To aide communication across all members at an instant time, we have created a Telegram Group which will enable us communicate effectively among all members. Telegram is an instant messenger like WhatsApp but can accomodate larger members in a group, so please if you don’t have the telegram App yet, kindly download from the google play store and join our group chat on: https://t.me/joinchat/IqvDjFKCh_AVwVUyCy9A1A
  4. Mobilize our hostel project developer to commence the hostel project soonest.

Statistics

The statistics of our database as well as our communication channels is as detailed below:

CHANNEL                            STATS                       LINK

Database:                                  953                              –

Yahoogroup:                             564                            stacalumni@yahoogroups.com

Facebook:                                  593                            www.facebook.com/groups/stacalumni

SMS Portal:                               723                            STACAlumni

Twitter:                                     46                              @STACAlumni

Instagram:                                 9                                stacalumni

Telegram                                   11                              https://t.me/joinchat/IqvDjFKCh_AVwVUyCy9A1A

Website                                     45                              www.stacalumni.com

Conclusion

Our Alumni Association is growing daily and we keep trying to make necessary improvements to ensure it gets better. We sincerely appeal to you all to join us actively to take the alumni to its desired projection. I will like to remind you of the alumni quote which I always do on occasion like this: “What is my quota to the development and sustainability of STAC Alumni” It is my utmost prayer that the good Lord will continue to bless us all and grant us the greatest yearnings of our heart.

I thank you for your time, wishing us all a happy and fulfilling 17th Anniversary celebration.

Long Live NFCS!

Long Live STAC Alumni!!

Long Live the Catholic Church!!!

STAC Alumni…………One Big Family United in Christ.

 

Okoka Darlington
President, STAC Alumni

Reflection for the feast of Pentecost by Bro. Sly Boniface Orji

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UNDERSTANDING THE PERSON AND MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Understanding the person, mission and work of the Holy Spirit is one of the great challenges that has been confronting Christianity from the apostolic times to our day and age.  We, therefore, need to understand whom the Holy Spirit is, and leveraging on that, we can move further to appreciate His mission and work in our lives.

The First thing we need to know is that the Holy Spirit is a person and not a thing! The Bible presented us with some symbolic images that indicate the presence of the Holy Spirit; they are just symbolic manifestations. We have some examples like mighty wind and fire (Acts 2:2-3). During the baptism of our Lord, the Holy Spirit also came in form of a dove (Matt.3:16).

The Holy Spirit is God; the third person of the Trinity. Oftentimes most people think that the Holy Spirit is only a New Testament reality. But the Holy Spirit has been working and we could locate His action from the moment of creation. The Book of Genesis tells us that “the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the deep” (Gen. 1:2). In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was not identified as a distinct person from God the Father. Often, He is called the Spirit of God (Gen. 1:2; 6:3; Ezekiel 37:1, Neh. 9:30). He is also called the breath of God (Gen. 2:7; Job 32:8; 33:4). Furthermore, He is called Good Spirit (Neh. 9:20). Above all, David identified and called Him the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 51:11).

In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon people at needful times but His presence was not permanent; in other words, He did not dwell in people. For instance, Joseph had the spirit of God (Gen.41:38), at the instance of Moses, the Holy Spirit came down on the seventy elders and they prophesied once and never again (Num. 11:25-26). During the time of Moses, the Spirit of God came down on a man called Bezalel and gave him intelligence and knowledge of every kind of craft.

The Judges were men and women who worked under the impact of the Holy Spirit. Among them were Othniel (Judges 3:10), Gideon (Judges 6:34), Jephthah (11:29), Samson (Judges 13:25). The prophets were also in touch with the Spirit like Balaam (Numbers 24:2), Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:9, 13-15), Isaiah (Isaiah 48:16-17), Daniel (Daniel 4:8-9) and others.

Before starting his public ministry, our Lord Jesus Christ declared the word of God which says “the Spirit of God is upon me!” (Luke 18:1). The Spirit did not only come upon him like He did in the Old Testament, but He also remained with him. John the Baptist confirmed this in the Gospel of John (1:33) where he says: I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit DESCEND and REMAIN is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

From the foregoing reflection, we can see that the difference between the activity of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and in the New Testament is that in the former, the presence was not permanent but in the latter (New Testament) the Holy Spirit comes to stay. We could confirm this from the words of our Lord in the Gospel of John (14:16) where he says: “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[Holy Spirit] to be with you FOREVER.”

I believe that we are privileged to be among the beneficiaries of the new dispensation of the Holy Spirit. It now makes more sense why our Lord asked the apostles and few others including the Blessed Virgin Mary not to leave Jerusalem until they receive power when the Holy Spirit comes. The power is meant to stir up the Holy Spirit he already gave to them in during one of his post-resurrection visits (John 20:21-22) when he breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit”.

The apostles needed the Holy Spirit to empower them to begin to function effectively. What happened on the day of Pentecost was a commissioning ceremony. It is one thing to be named for something and another thing to be confirmed and commissioned to act.By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles were strengthened, they spoke in strange tongues, they became bold to speak in public and were no longer “afraid of the Jews”. When the Holy Spirit is lacking in our lives, we become afraid of the Jews. The Jews stand for all the variety of oppositions in our lives. The Jews here stand for all the odd experiences that make us hide and shy away from witnessing to God.

Today is also our own Pentecost. The Church is the new Upper Room. On this Upper Room, heaven will meet the earth. On this Upper Room, gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, piety, courage, fortitude and fear of God are available for us. On this Upper Room, we have baskets of the fruits of the Holy Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.

It is very important for us to remember that before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles and others were together in ONE ACCORD. Even when they spoke in different tongues there was mutual understanding unlike what at the tower of Babel where they spoke one tongue but lacked understanding. The Holy Spirit cannot come where people are not in one accord; disunity displaces the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Today we ask the Holy Spirit:

  1. To recreate us and make us the newest versions of ourselves (Psalm 104:30)
  2. To help us in our weakness (Romans 8:26).
  3. To Empower us (Act 1:8).
  4. To reborn us (1 Pet. 1:23).
  5. To teach us (Luke 12: 11-12).
  6. To Guide us (John16:13).

May this Pentecost celebration bring amazing transformation and graces upon your life.

Have a great week ahead.