Owerri Archdiocesan CBSN ends Leadership Training
A two-day Leadership Training of Catholic Bible Society, CBSN of Owerri Archdiocesan has ended at Stella Maris Catholic Church, Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government Area.
The two-day training with the them: “If Any Man Will Come After Me, Let Him Deny Himself, Take up His Cross and Follow Me,” which started on Friday, January 27, 2017 ended on Saturday, January 28, 2017 with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Ernest Muforo assisted by his assistant, Rev. Fr. Henry Nwanguma.
Welcoming the group, the Parish Priest. Fr. Muforo admonished members of the CBSN to always depend on God and make the Blessed Eucharist their centre of faith which is the centre and life of the Church.
He warned Christians to always do the will of God and worship Him in truth and in spirit, and advised them to shun paganism and favoritism because God sees them always.
Preaching a homily during the opening Mass, Fr. Nwanguma enjoined Christians to be prayerful and read their Bible always and take all their troubles to God in prayer in order to achieve greatness in life.
He described the Bible Society as a means of holiness and advised Christian to carry their cross always and follow Jesus Christ.
The Chaplain of the Society, Rev. Fr. Gilbert Alaribe regretted that members of the society have forgotten the aims and aspirations of the society and are now pursuing worldly wealth and advised them. He also encourages them to teach their children the need to embrace the sacred word.
The Chaplain commended the society for posting instructors to the rural areas, and advised them not to be deceived by worldly pleasures but to bring back the society to its former glory.
In his welcome address, the Archdiocesan President, Bro Peter Chukwu Nnadi, noted that the leadership training was unique in the sense that it came towards the end of his second tenure, adding that the theme reminds all that, this world is full of problems and as such, we must commit ourselves to the service of God.
Bro. Nnadi encouraged members of CBSN to establish Bible Society in their villages or homes and as an Identify of what they believe.
In a lecture delivered by Bro. Nicholas Ukewuihe, “If Any Man will come after me, Let Him Deny Himself, Take up His Cross and Follow Me”, he observed that many people joined the society to be elected to leadership positions even when they knew, they are not competent to be in such positions. Some leaders are very lukewarm and hardly arise an opinion on matters concerning the society or people they are leading, still they see themselves as leaders.
According to him, some so called leaders do not take corrections or advice because they believe that without them, there would be no headway He called fora change of attitude.
In his own lecture with the theme: “What Do You Want Me to do for you! Mk 10:45-52”, Br. Vincent Ihemegbulem, noted that God knows when we are in trouble, because there is nothing hidden in His sight but still wants us to ask Him for help and assistance. He enjoined all to always pray like King Solomon as his prayer drew God’s wisdom to him.
Also Bro. Eugene Anokwuru in his lecture “The Place of prayer in the life of a CBSN Leader”, observed that following the economic down turn in the country, many leaders have turned their faces away from what they believe, and there by exhibiting, “I don’t care attitude. Some even come to classes late while others don’t come. at all. He then said that a CBSN Leader is one who follows Jesus Christ and inspires others to follow him as well.
The training features prayers and workshop.