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August 14, 2018

Imo First Lady builds five bungalows for indigent widows in Anambra

Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha built houses for widows in Anambra State

First Lady of Imo State, Dr (Mrs.) Nkechi Okorocha has commissioned five 2-bedroom bungalows for five widows in the five villages in Oraifite town in Egwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State. Many who watched the five indigent widows on NTA and the places where they were living before Mrs. Okorocha’s intervention were moved to tears by their level of indigency. The buildings were part of the about 200 she had built so far for various widows especially in Imo State through her pet project, She Needs A Roof Programme (SNARP) through which she aims to ameliorate the sufferings of…

Housing Estate at Orji Mechanic Village

Mechanic villages are usually located in uninhabited areas allocated by government to serve as automobile repair workshops. Many illegal sites are located within the Owerri metropolis and these constitute an environmental hazard to the populace. Most mechanic villages are located within the urban centres and in the course of performing their services to the people, they produce a lot of wastes both liquid, solid and gaseous some of which are harmful to both human and the environment.   Heavy metals such as Nickel, Zinc, Lead, Copper etc are some of the examples of liquid wastes that are produced in such…

Ihejieto family celebrates late patriarch & matriarch

…As priest tasks parents on proper upbringing of children It was a gathering of children, grand-children, friends, relations, in-laws as well as well- wishers at the Ihejieto family in Umuchoke Orji Uratta, Owerri North Local Government Area on Sunday 15th July, 2017 as the children of late Francis Nwosu Ihejieto and late Caroline Ukwenga Ihejieto rolled out the drums in remembrance of their late father and mother. Earlier during the Holy Mass held at Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji, Rev Fr Onyeneke in his homily extolled the virtues and efforts of the late Francis and Caroline Ihejieto in bringing up…

Celebrating St. John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests & Parishioners

 (Feast Day, August 4th, 2017) _________________________ August 4th, 2017 is the Feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of priests and parishioners. St. John Mary Vianney was a model of priestly virtues, a priest who lived what he preached. In the Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on St. John Mary Vianney, we learnt that he was posted by his Bishop to a remote village, Ars in France. The village had a population of 230 people. Before he left for his posting, his Bishop warned him that in Ars, religious practice was in a sorry state and that there…

Flood Wrecks Havoc in Owerri …One person Dead

The flooded premises of Sacred Heart Catholic Church Akwakuma

A young man was found dead due to massive flooding during one of the heavy downpours in Owerri, the Imo state capital around West End area last week. This is in addition to many structures washed away during the heaviest rainy week in the year, so far. In another development The Leader responded to a distress call from Sacred Heart Catholic Church Akwakuma recently. Fr. Dr. Kevin Ugoamadi and his parishioners were helpless as flood virtually submerged parts of the church and some classrooms in the adjoining school. The church’s walls and some structures were hacked down by Government during…

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                Cf. Ps 68:6-7.36 God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.   COLLECT O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy; bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING “You have asked for yourself…

All For One Thing

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, our Lord uses more parables to explain the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven. It is such a priceless treasure that anyone who is wise would eagerly give up everything else to possess it. A farm worker stumbles on a hidden treasure and hides it again. He then sells all his possessions to acquire the plot of land in order to gain the hidden treasure. And suddenly, he is liberated from poverty and uncertainty, and now lives a fulfilled life. A hardworking merchant, after many years of fortune hunting, finally lands a pearl of great price. His life is…

American student advises Nigerian teachers to inculcate Christian values in pupils

Miss Emmanuela 2nd From left franked by her parents Dr and Mrs Njoku

   …Fetes pupils of Central School Umuakagu American based student, Miss Emmanuela Chikamso Njoku, native of Umuodagu in Umuakagu Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State put smiles on the faces of pupils of Central School Umuakagu with salutary incentives, comprising shoes, cloths, schoolbags and lacing sets, July 18 2017. Rev. Fr. Juwuike, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Fatimah Catholic Church, Umuakagu blessed the gift items and the donor who is the twin daughter of Dr & Mrs. Ignatius Njoku resident in New Jersey, United States of America. In her brief remarks at the event, Miss Emmanuela posited that the…

Owerri Archdiocesan Bible Society ends Annual Retreat

A one-month Annual Retreat/Seminar organized by the Catholic Bible Society of Nigeria (CBSN) for the 11 zones in Owerri Archdiocese has ended in Owerri. The programme which lasted from 22nd June to 22nd July 2017, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Umuagwo, started with a Eucharist celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Raymond Onyekwere, Parish Priest Immaculate Heart of Mary Umuagwo. In his homily during the Mass, Fr. Onyekwere cited the reading of the day on how the Israelite ran for their lives from Egypt and later found themselves in the wilderness. The homilist stated that he who runs for…

Owerri Girls Alumni donates newly built kitchen to school

Owerri Girls Alumni donates to school

It was all joy and commendation Wednesday, July 19, 2017 when the Lagos chapter of the Owerri Girls Secondary School Old Girls Association donated a newly completed purpose-built kitchen to their Alma Mater. The Old Girls, in addition, equipped the kitchen with 50kg gas filled canister, a giant iron cooking pot, two burner gas cooker and two basins. Handing over the new kitchen and equipment to the school authorities, the President of the Chapter, Mrs. Adadioranma Jovita Agwu, said that their action was motivated by the need to give back to the school which nurtured them. According to her, members…

Show interest in Igbo Language – Priest appeals to Ndigbo

– Commends Odenigbo lecture A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Uzoma Opara has made a passionate appeal to ndigbo to show interest in their language. Preaching a homily at the memorial Mass for late Ezinne Georgenia Onyekwere at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Awa, Oguta LGA, Fr. Opara noted that ndigbo are giants in various languages of the world and in various disciplines but dwarfs in their own language. The Orlu Diocesan priest said indigenous language is not only effective means of communication but also a medium for technological development. He cited China, Japan, Korea, India etc as countries that…

Gunmen kill another man in Owerri

Barely seven days after, The Leader reported the killing of a Keke-Napep Operator at Onitsha Road Industrial Layout Owerri, another robbery attack took place in broad daylight in the busy Tetlow road of Owerri on Wednesday July 26, in which a young man was gruesomely murdered in his car. The Leader learnt that a gang of gunmen trailed the victim from a bank and caught up with him in the busy  street and killed him instantly. It was not certain whether they removed money from the car. Immediately after the incident the gory photograph of the young man lying in…

Looters’ Amnesty Bill – Incredible!!

Allowing those who looted public funds to keep some of the money and invest some in the country is not the best way to fight corruption or improve the economy.  It is true that Nigeria is riddled with corruption and seeks a way to recover some of its stolen wealth hidden in different countries. But the way to do that is not to divide the loot with the looters or even to grant them unsolicited pardon.  Considering our penchant to steal public funds, this so-called economic amnesty will be a green-card for more looting. It is unacceptable, ludicrous and simply…

South-East, South-South Governors resolve to reinvent Region

Governors of the 11 states in the South East and South-South geo­political zones have declared that the time to rebuild the two zones had come. The governors took the decision on Sunday night in Enugu after a meeting they convened to reinvent the old Eastern Region. In their resolutions after the parley that lasted for sever­al hours, the governors agreed to pursue a common econom­ic and political agenda to devel­op the two zones. According to them, the two regions share common and identical cultural and eco­nomic traits. The joint meeting of the South East and South-South governors commenced at about…

Sacred Heart Feast Day 2017: Patron seeks committed, fresh members

The 2017 feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus at the St. Jude’s Parish Mbano Headquarters chapter of the Apostleship of Prayer, League of Sacred Heart of Jesus was held Sunday 25th June 2017. There was a call on convinced and committed Catholics to come join the League in devotion to the lord. A patron and promoter of the League of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Brother Anthony Aligwekwe made the appeal in an exclusive interview with The Leader, shortly after the feast. Brother Aligwekwe reminded Catholics that the sacred heart of Jesus is the ultimate resort upon which all hopes for…

Bishop Anagbe ordains 7 for Claretians …Urges Christians to appreciate rainy season

Catholic bishop of Makurdi Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Wilfred Anagbe Cmf, yet again visited Owerri his religious home where he raised seven Claretian deacons to the Holy Orders of priesthood, Saturday July 15. The newly ordained priests are Rev. Fr. Kingsley Egbujor Cmf, from Emekuku, Imo State, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Nweke Cmf, from Awgu, Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Paschal Diala Cmf, from Ikeduru, Imo State, Rev. Fr. Denis Uwakwe Cmf, from Orumba, Anambra State, and Rev. Fr. Samuel Iyagbe Cmf, from Agbor, Delta State. Others are Rev. Fr. Marcelinus Njeze Cmf, from Udi, Enugu State, and Rev. Fr….

Listen; obey your parents, teachers Vicar General charges school children

…As St Michael’s School Amakohia graduates 29 pupils Children have been charged to always listen to instructions and obey their parents and teachers if they hope to learn and achieve success in life. Very Rev Fr Patrick Ibole Parish priest of St Michael’s Catholic Church, Amakohia Uratta, gave this advice on Saturday, 14th July, 2017   during the graduation ceremony of St Michael’s Nursery/Primary school. Fr Ibole who is the Vicar General of the Owerri Archdiocese urged children to be thankful to their parents for sending them to be trained in the knowledge and fear of God. He equally thanked parents…

KSM admits 12 new members in Ahiara Diocese

The Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria held a thanksgiving Mass in honour of 12 new initiates of the Order, in Ahiara Diocese, at the St. Anthony’s Parish Umunama Ezinihitte Mbaise on July, 16. The thanksgiving Mass which attracted friends and relations of the new initiates was a follow-up to their initiation held the previous day. Inducted this year into the Noble Order are: Bros. Oladayo Amos Olanjale, Obasi Boniface, Uzogara Kennedy, Ekechukwu Herbert, Agbaraji Augustine and Osuagwu Benson. Others are, Anyanwu Linus, Okoro Cajethan, Njoku Isaac, Nnoromele Valentine, Nnorom Chris Chibuzo and Nwachukwu Eric. They were drawn from the six…

KSJI: Noble Lady Viola Onwuliri, LAUX National President visits Owerri Grand Auxiliary

The Supreme Subordinate Respected President of the Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) Knights of St. John International (KSJI), Noble Lady (Prof) Viola Onwuliri, has ended a two-day official visit to the Owerri Grand Ladies Auxiliary. She was accompanied on the visit by other national officers and Board of Trustees from across the country. The visit coincided with the second Quarterly Meeting of the Joint Supreme Board of Trustees of the Ancient and Noble Order, held in Owerri from July 7 to 8, 2017. The activity-packed visit started with a Red carpet reception accorded the former Minister of State for Education on arrival…

Mt. Carmel Church Emekuku celebrates Feast of patron saint

. Honours 19 with Merit, Post Humous Awards Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Emekuku (Mother church of the entire Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Port Harcourt Diocese) last Sunday July 16, 2017 celebrated with fanfare, this year’s Feast of her patron saint. Last Sunday’s ceremony was the climax of a three-day activity-packed celebration which was attended by both the parishioners and their friends from far and near. The celebration started on Friday with a singing competition among the various stations of the parish, while the march pass and presentation of the Award Plaque took place last Sunday. Rev. Fr. Dr….