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August 15, 2018

  • We specialize in stealing cars during ceremonies, fake seminarian nabbed at Assumpta Cathedral confesses

    We specialize in stealing cars during ceremonies, fake seminarian nabbed at Assumpta Cathedral confesses

          As the sons of God gathered to attend to God, Job 2:1 said that Satan came with them too. This scene played out at Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Saturday August 4, when Gabriel (surname withheld)  disguised himself like a seminarian wearing a soutane – to deceive everyone, but he ran out of luck as the Men of Order and Discipline (MOD) a security outfit of the church caught hold of him. Gabriel,  a native of Orlu LGA. whose  first confessions   showed that he works as a cleaner at St. John the Baptist Monastery Ikot Ekpene where he…

  • Catholic Church does not endorse political parties – CBCN

      The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN,  said that the Catholic Church is apolitical, and so, does not endorse or subscribe to any political party. The bishops made the clarification in a Press Release issued at the weekend in Abuja. The Release signed by Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze and Most Rev. Camillus Umuoh, President and Secretary respectively, also stated that no Catholic clergy should publicly endorse any candidate for political office. Similarly, ecclesiastical properties should not be used as place for support for any political candidate or party. The Press release reads in part: “We, the members of the…

  • Remembering Prof. Nolue Emenanjo: The St Paul of Igbo Studies

    Remembering Prof. Nolue Emenanjo: The St Paul of Igbo Studies

      Lives of great men all remind us that we can make our lives sublime. And departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   In Retrospect Just as Egypt is the gift of the Nile, so Igbo Studies is the gift of Emmanuel Nwanolue Emenanjo.  In ancient Egypt, it was the River Nile, the longest river in Africa, which gave Egypt life in the sphere of agricultural and maritime activities. What the river is to Egypt today is what I cannot speculate and determine but in those good old days, there was no…

  • Who will bail Imo State? – Archbishop Obinna

      The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, has taken a snipe at greedy politicians, blaming them for the suffering and starvation ravishing the people, especially in Imo State. The Archbishop who expressed this in his homily at Maria Assumpta Cathedral, last Sunday noted that the knocking down and wrecking of businesses increased hardship in Imo State. The prelate said the abnormal hunger ravaging the state and Nigeria is created by greedy politicians and the mammonic class. He warned that the present situation must be reversed in other to move the state forward. “But who will bail the…

  • Adamawa killings:  43 villages destroyed in 9 months – CAN fumes

      Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dami Mamza, has blamed the security architecture in the country for the incessant killings in Adamawa State. He said that members of the security setup in the country were complicit in the killings, as 43 villages have been pillaged by what he called herdsmen terrorists, while no serious action has been taken to prevent a recurrence or apprehend the perpetrators. Dami said the protest organized by CAN was in the defence of human cause and to make a demand on government to halt the mayhem and…

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KSJI: Worthy President Commandery 777 Uratta calls for commitment to God’s work

Aug 13, 2018

  – Gives kudos to Owerri Grand LAUX Knights of the church and their Ladies have been charged to prove themselves true soldiers of Christ and defenders of the faith through greater commitment to the work of the church. The charge was given recently by the Worthy President of St. Benedict Commandery 777 Uratta, Knights of St. John International (KSJT), Capt. Finbar Ogunta, while fielding questions with The Leader correspondent after their July 2018 regular meeting. According to him, knights must be courageous in speaking out against societal evils, following the footsteps of their patron saint John the Baptist. They…

facts to know about APC and PDP

Defection: Bad for Democracy

Aug 13, 2018

  It is needless to say that defection has become a sort of ideology in Nigerian politics. Shortly before an election year, we are hit with the familiar drama that signifies a clear absence of vision among our politicians.  We see them moving like cows from one grazing field to the other, in search of fodder for themselves and their families. Selfishness is the main reason our politicians change parties. It is no longer selfless service to the nation. They are interested in where, when and how to feather their nests. It is all about how to increase the chances…

Young fathers should join CMO - Prince Iwuorisha

Young fathers should join CMO – Prince Iwuorisha

Aug 13, 2018

  – As OACCMO confers him with Extra Quality Leadership Award Young Christian fathers have been advised to join the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of their stations and parishes as soon as they receive the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. A leading member of the organization in the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese and Immediate Past Zonal Chairman of CMO in the Oguta Ecclesiastical Zone, Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha, gave the advice recently in Owerri while speaking to our reporter. The occasion was the conferment of Extra Quality Leadership Merit Award on him by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of the Catholic Men Organization…

Mount Carmel College Emekuku holds graduation, prize giving day

Mount Carmel College Emekuku holds graduation, prize giving day

Aug 13, 2018

  Our Lady of Mount Carmel College Emekuku celebrated her 2018 graduation and Prize Giving Day on July 20, 2018. The occasion started with a Holy Mass officiated by the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu. In his homily, Fr. Nwanekwu advised the students to be good ambassadors and represent the school well in the larger society. He also told them to put in practice all that they have learnt from the school. After the Mass, there were lot of activities that entertained all present, like march past by all arms of the school including the graduands, cultural dance, talk show,…

ISUZI, IDEZI NA IGUZI IGBO

Aug 5, 2018

  THE ‘KPIM’ OF ODENIGBO CULTURAL FESTIVAL Odenigbo lecture series which was established in 1996 by His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna will strike a landmark this year. In the past, we have witnessed varied lectures in the series but this year’s lecture which marks the 22nd anniversary in the sequence will  be delivered by a core Igbo woman; a woman of substance, Dr. Mrs. Patricia Uloaku Okoye. She was meticulously picked by the Odenigbo searchlight to handle this all-encompassing topic…ISUZI, IDEZI NA IGUZI IGBO: MMASI NA AKAMGBA DI NA HA. The ceremony begins with a cultural exhibition on…

Ahiara Diocese: Bishop Ugorji calls for deepening of faith  

Aug 5, 2018

  … At Inaugural Pastoral Council Meeting In his Inaugural Pastoral Council Meeting at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Diocese Ahiara Mbaise, Saturday 16th June 2018, the Apostolic Administrator, Most Rev. Dr. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, stressed the need for deepening of faith in parishes and schools in the diocese. Appreciating the people for their efforts in investing in setting up of magnificent church buildings, beautiful church halls and lovely presbyteries, he enjoined them to even invest more in building up people in matters of faith. He cited how seven big churches built by Old Turkey that lasted for 1,023 years as…

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KSJI: Worthy President Commandery 777 Uratta calls for commitment to God’s work

  – Gives kudos to Owerri Grand LAUX Knights of the church and their Ladies have been charged to prove themselves true soldiers of Christ and defenders of the faith through greater commitment to the work of the church. The charge was given recently by the Worthy President of St. Benedict Commandery 777 Uratta, Knights of St. John International (KSJT), Capt. Finbar Ogunta, while fielding questions with The Leader correspondent after their July 2018 regular meeting. According to him, knights must be courageous in speaking out against societal evils, following the footsteps of their patron saint John the Baptist. They…

Young fathers should join CMO - Prince Iwuorisha

Young fathers should join CMO – Prince Iwuorisha

  – As OACCMO confers him with Extra Quality Leadership Award Young Christian fathers have been advised to join the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of their stations and parishes as soon as they receive the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. A leading member of the organization in the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese and Immediate Past Zonal Chairman of CMO in the Oguta Ecclesiastical Zone, Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha, gave the advice recently in Owerri while speaking to our reporter. The occasion was the conferment of Extra Quality Leadership Merit Award on him by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of the Catholic Men Organization…

Mount Carmel College Emekuku holds graduation, prize giving day

Mount Carmel College Emekuku holds graduation, prize giving day

  Our Lady of Mount Carmel College Emekuku celebrated her 2018 graduation and Prize Giving Day on July 20, 2018. The occasion started with a Holy Mass officiated by the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu. In his homily, Fr. Nwanekwu advised the students to be good ambassadors and represent the school well in the larger society. He also told them to put in practice all that they have learnt from the school. After the Mass, there were lot of activities that entertained all present, like march past by all arms of the school including the graduands, cultural dance, talk show,…

Very Rev Fr Sebastian Igbokwe Rev Fr Samuel Agu Ichie Nworah Nonyelum OACCMO executives and zonal leaders after Mass

Archdiocesan Council of CMO ends Annual Retreat

  …Confers “Extra quality leadership award on some members” A two-day retreat, organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO)) has ended at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre Owerri. It was attended by Archdiocesan executives, Zonal leaders and delegates from Parishes and Chaplaincies in the Archdiocese. The Annual spiritual exercise featured: Confessions, rosary procession, three conference talks and Eucharistic Adoration. There was a conferment of Merit Awards, Visit to the Sacred Heart Home for aged and sick Priests, as well as Holy Mass. Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian Igbokwe, Chaplain OACCMO was the Chief celebrant at the Holy Mass…

Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council holds Retreat

  Members of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council have ended their annual Retreat at the Holy Trinity Parish World Bank, Owerri recently. In one of the lectures captioned “Making Right Choices,” the Sub-Council Chaplain Rev. Fr. Charles Ikwuegbu said that our life is an outcome of the choices we make. He referred to the book of Gen. 2: 7-9 & 3:1 – 7 and illustrated this view by using the story of the fall of Adam and Eve and the temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to him, Adam and Eve had instinct like animals…

Ahiara Diocese: Bishop Ugorji calls for deepening of faith  

  … At Inaugural Pastoral Council Meeting In his Inaugural Pastoral Council Meeting at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Diocese Ahiara Mbaise, Saturday 16th June 2018, the Apostolic Administrator, Most Rev. Dr. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, stressed the need for deepening of faith in parishes and schools in the diocese. Appreciating the people for their efforts in investing in setting up of magnificent church buildings, beautiful church halls and lovely presbyteries, he enjoined them to even invest more in building up people in matters of faith. He cited how seven big churches built by Old Turkey that lasted for 1,023 years as…

Mass wedding

26 Couples wed at Maria Assumpta Cathedral

  … Commend Archbishop, Administrator Twenty six couples were on Saturday July 28, 2018, united in holy matrimony at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Imo State. In a homily he delivered during the Mass, the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru reminded the couples that marriage transforms people not only to husband and wife but also to brothers and sisters, with same blood. Therefore marriage should not only be perceived from the angle of sexual purpose otherwise it becomes lust instead of love. “You are not marrying her for lust and she is not marrying you for lust, you are marrying…

Mt Carmel Parish Emekuku  Celebrates 2018 Feast Day

  Presents awards to parishioners Parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mother Parish, Emekuku Sunday, July 22, 2018  celebrated this year’s feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, after whom their parish is named. Preaching on the topic: Am I a good person? The Assistant Parish Priest, Rev Father Eustace Nwanekwu called the attention of Christ’s faithful to this all important question which everyone should endeavour to ask himself or herself. The cleric explained that since   no one can lie to himself or herself, one must judge for himself how well he or she is fulfilling those conditions that…

Assumpta Cathedral Nur/Pri School holds 7th graduation

  Maria Assumpta Cathedral Nursery & Primary School, Owerri had her 7th annual graduation ceremony on July 19, 2018. The ceremony began with Holy Mass celebrated by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijermaru. In his homily, Fr. Ijermaru wished the Elementary Six grandaunds goodluck as they go out to compete with the products of other schools in various colleges. He advised them to always keep the flag flying and never quench the light given to them by the school and the church. To the other pupils, he instructed them to be good children at home while on holiday and…

Assumpta Parish holds send-off for former Administrator, Assistant

It was an epoch making event on Thursday July 19, 2018 as the former Administrator of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere and his assistant, Rev. Fr. Magnus Ajoku were sent off. The current Administrator, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru, in his remarks at the impressive ceremony, said the former Administrator and his assistant meritoriously served the parish to the best of their abilities and their achievements will stand the test of time. He prayed that God will grant them the grace to serve Him more in their various areas of new assignments. In his own remarks, the Parish…

Mass wedding: 16 couples gather for love at SS. Peter & Paul Obube

  … As parish priest marks birthday Not minding the number of years they have lived under one roof as man and woman, huge presence of family members, parishioners and friends as well as well-wishers witnessed the official marriage ceremony of 16 couples at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Obube, Owerri North LGA, Saturday July 29. The merry mood within the Catholic community commenced the previous day with a birthday thanksgiving ceremony of their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Ihejieto and rounded off with the mass wedding. The parish priest who presided and received the marriage vows was assisted…

Msgr Ofoegbu decries rising poverty in Nigeria

…As Ehime Deanery C.W.O fetes orphans, widows, others Monsignor Jeremiah Ofoegbu, Dean, Ehime Deanery celebrated the Eucharist at St. Patrick’s Parish Umuezeala Owerre on Monday 16th July 2018 marking the donation of palliative food incentives by the Catholic Women Organization of Ehime Deanery to 56 recipients drawn from across the 26 parishes in Ehime Deanery. Monsignor Ofoegbu concelebrated with Very Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha, Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s. In his homily, Monsignor Ofoegbu extolled the Ehime Deanery Catholic Women led by Lady Ugo Theresa for fulfilling the scriptural corporal works of mercy as elucidated in the synoptic gospel of…