Few days after holding his traditional marriage with his wife, Inyene Sampson Akpan who hails from Atai Ibiaku Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and a graduate of University of Uyo, former Catholic Priest, Patrick Edet has also held his white wedding with his beautiful wife in Akwa Ibom State.
Family, friends and loved ones all turned up to witness the white wedding between Inyene and Patrick Edet who announced his resignation from priesthood on August 2nd last year during his radio programme, Grace and Inspiration on Planet FM.
The Former Catholic Priest, Patrick Edet spoke at length at his programme which aired on August 2, 2017. on why there was no need for him to continue with the Catholic church because peace deserted him while he was there.
He said after 11 long years, he strongly felt the need to leave, because he was feeling boxed in and it was affecting his personal relationship with God. He said leaving was the best thing, as he is now finally free.
Speaking during the live programme, the former catholic priest gave his reasons for resigning as thus:
“On 31st of July, I resigned from my services, my duties and obligations as a Catholic priest. I ceased to be a Catholic priest in my thinking, in my spirit, in my soul, (and) in my body. Yesterday, the 1st of August, was my first day outside the laws, the regulations, (and) the authority of the Catholic church. In my mind, every law that bound me, bound me because I submitted myself to the Catholic Church as an institution.
Having submitted my resignation letter to my authorities in the Catholic Church, in my spirit, soul and body, I am free from every law that guided me. I submit myself to one authority – God. Peace has been taken away from me for years. I live in fear and in doubt. Sometimes I doubt myself – am I really right, am I in the right place.”
On the repercussions of leaving the catholic church, he was precise about an anticipated end for himself.
“The reason I am doing this is that I want to be right with God first. I want to go to heaven when I die. It is not the Church that called me, it is God who called me that is above the Church, and my interest is to be right with Him first and have peace with Him first” he said.