It was a period of grief and sadness for the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja as the Bishops, clergy, religious and laity gathered to bury the late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony Asoluka Onyeso, today, 29th March, 2021.
The late Msgr. Onyeso who died on Friday, 19th March, 2021, being the Solemnity of St. Joseph after a period of protracted illness, was born on 23rd April, 1950 and was ordained priest on 2nd October, 1988. On 26th July, 2020, he was installed a Monsignor at St.Agnes Parish, Wuye, Abuja.
In their homilies at the requiem Mass at Sacred Heart Parish Airport and the funeral Mass at Our Lady Queen Of Nigeria, Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Garki, Abuja, Rev. Fr. Lazarus Ishaku, his Associate at the time of his death, and Rev. Fr. Aloysius Achonwa, his long time friend of over three decades respectively attested to his many virtues, chief among which are his simplicity and humility, his openness and welcoming heart, his humility and love for those around him, and most of all, his dedication to duty, even till the very last moments of his life. He believed strongly in the philosophy of “being a true soldier and dying at his duty post.”
The internment, which took place at the Archdiocesan presbyterium cemetery located in Ss. Simon and Jude Minor Seminary Kuje, saw a large turn out of priests, religious and laity. The Archbishop of Abuja, Most. Rev. (Dr.) Ignatius Kaigama performed the last rites of commendation, accompanied by his Auxiliary, Most. Rev. Anselm Umoren, MSP and the Emeritus Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
The late Monsignor Anthony Onyeso was the Abuja Archdiocesan Chaplain of the Guild of Saint Anthony of Padua for thirty years. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen