As an altar boy at Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church in Umunachi, Nigeria, just east of the Niger River, Father Anthony Arinza Aduaka first served the church. Drawn to the priesthood, he traveled thousands of miles to Kentucky to answer God's call.
Over the course of the last five years, Aduaka, a 32-year-old Nigerian who immigrated to the United States to attend seminary, has been serving off and on at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Danville, not as a priest, but rather as a "son" of the congregation.
"We sponsored him as a family, as his parents. Many people prayed for him, that is very important, and supported him with some financial support," says Father Linh Nguyen, the priest at Saints Peter and Paul.
Although Aduaka attended Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, he also spent time living with Nguyen and was able to form a close relationship with the parishioners here in Danville.