The community of Logiri Girls’ Secondary School on Friday, 22nd July, 2022, celebrated their School Day with a Thanksgiving mass led by Bishop Sabino Ocan Odoki, the Bishop of the Diocese of Arua. During the Holy Mass, 180 Students were confirmed into the Catholic faith, incoming student leaders and the candidate classes received special blessings from the Bishop.
While addressing the students, staff, school administrators and parents, the Bishop conveyed greetings from the meeting of Bishops that happened recently in Tanzania under the umbrella of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in East Africa (20th AMECEA Plenary in Dar es Salaam), where he was part of the 120 college of Bishops who joined to discuss Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si” on the impacts and hazards of climate change.
The Bishop congratulated the school’s administration upon uplifting the standards of Logiri Girls’ School and the students for practicing the core values of the school that is God-fearing, punctuality, discipline, hard work, presentability, honesty, productivity, care and love. In a message to the parents and the students, the Bishop discouraged the practice of early marriages saying that it is a harmful practice that denies girls the opportunity to develop to their full potential. He further noted that girls who marry early are not only robbed of their childhood but are often socially isolated and cut off from their families and friends - and discouraged or prohibited from finding a job to support the lives of their families and themselves. He said child marriage erodes the well-being and prosperity of the society pointing out that putting an end to child marriage can preserve a girl’s childhood, right to an education, reduce exposure to violence and abuse, and contribute to breaking cycles of poverty that are passed down from one generation to the next. Joining the students for the joyful celebration were priests from neighboring parishes, district leaders, parents of the students and religious leaders from other religious denominations.