The Priest made the announcement in a notice on Tuesday morning, saying no activity would take place at the Ministry located at Umuchigbo in Enugu East during this time.
The announcement came after Catholic Church Priest disclosed that Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Calistus Onaga asked him to shut the ministry and proceed on a 30-day retreat.
The notice sent to church members reads;
Our Spiritual Director, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka wishes to inform his beloved adorers that he has embarked on a private prayer retreat that will end on 10th June 2021. Consequently, no ministry activities shall be held in the ministry ground pending his return.
He directs that members of the ministry are to observe this period of his retreat as they used to do during the usual January breaks of the ministry, by praying at their homes, being charitable and fasting according to their ability. Adoration! Holy spirit is our power.
It will be recalled following the media spat between Mbaka and the Presidency last week after the former called for the resignation or impeachment of Buhari.
Following this, the priest was summoned last Tuesday by Bishop of the Diocese, which then sparked rumours of his alleged disappearance on Wednesday.
His parishioners thereafter embarked on a protest to the Bishop’s Court where they allegedly destroyed properties within the premises.
They were also said to have destroyed properties at Holy Ghost Cathedral before he later appeared and took them away to New Haven where he addressed them.
Addressing the parishioners, he said he was not allowed to contact his members while during the meeting with Bishop who ordered him to proceed immediately on one month suspension.
He also alleged the Diocesan leadership wanted to close down the Adoration ministry.
Following the attack, the Bishop, Callistus Onaga declared a one week prayer for reparation over the incident.
However, on Sunday, the priest apologised to the Bishop and other catholic faithfuls of the Diocese for the destruction of parts of the Bishop’s court and Holy Ghost Cathedral by suspected members of his Ministry and Parish.
Mbaka adding that when he heard, in his haste to get to his members and calm them down, he almost had an accident.
I never knew that even a glass was broken. What I was praising you for was not for what was destroyed, but for your ability to search for your missing pastor. There was a lot of mixed information. The devil entered the story; the church did not kidnap me.