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May 23, 2018

CWO Okigwe Diocese ends 2017 Annual Seminar

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  • Seeks more Christian women involvement in governance

  • Fetes Bishop S.A. Amatu

The 2017 annual seminar of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Okigwe Diocese held between 24th to 26th November 2017 at the CWO Conference Centre, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe has ended with a clarion call on Christian women to seek more involvement in political governance in order to effect desired change in the polity. Delegates came from all parishes in the Diocese.



In a keynote address the CWO Diocesan President, Nneoma Amb. Clara Ugha welcomed all delegates, their spiritual directors, and also unveiled the guest lecturers as Lolo Theresa Ezekwem and Lady Chidinma Elekwa. She appreciated God’s favour for yet another year’s outing and wished all delegates fruitful deliberations.

Most Rev. S.A. Amatu presided at the opening Mass of the event which coincided with the closing ceremony of Marian Year celebration for the Diocese.



In a sixteen point communiqué released at the end  of the seminar signed by Mrs. Evangeline Igbokwe (Diocesan CWO Secretary), Mrs. Mercy Okeke, and two others, the conference among other resolutions advocated provision of level-playing ground for more credible Christian women and other God-fearing men to participate in politics and state governance; parents should be more pro-active in the discipline of their children especially control what they watch on lighted screens; inculcate sound Catholic moral values in families and reject single-parenthood culture etc.



Reacting, the CWO Diocesan Chaplain Msgr. Prof. S.O. Anyanwu described the seminar as fruitful, the papers well researched and presented, the general participation very enthusiastic. The Chancellor expressed optimism that lessons derived by delegates would be disseminated to families through parishes. He lauded the President Nneoma Clara Ugha’s proper organisation and purposeful leadership and synergy with her exco.  He presided at the closing Mass of the event which was preceded by a galanite.

In a related development, the Okigwe Diocesan CWO, 6th December 2017, paid a Christmas solidarity visit to their local ordinary, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu and offered him presents of assorted food materials, cash etc.

The delegation comprised Msgr. Prof. S.O. Anyanwu (Chaplain), Rev. Sr. Justina Udebunjo (HHCJ) (Adviser), the Diocesan core executive led by Nneoma (Amb.) Clara Ugha (President), Mrs. G. Nweke (V.P), Mrs. E. Igbokw (Secretary), Lolo A. Onwu (Treasurer), Lady V. Ovoh (Asst. Sec), Lady Ezekwem Victoria (Fin. Sec. I), Mrs. A. Nwagwu (Fin. Sec. II), Ladies Meg Namodu and Nnenna Emengaha (Auditors), Mrs. D. Ahamefule and Lady M. Izim (PROs), Mrs. P. Onuegbu, B. Chukwu and C. Okeke (Provosts).



On the Bishop’s entourage were Rev. Frs. Cyril Agodi (Cathedral Administrator), Modestus Nwanyanwu (Asst) and Anthony Okafor (Cath. Builder)

Presenting the gifts to the Bishop, Nneoma Ugha conveyed the joy of the entire Catholic women of the Diocese who provided the gifts, their Christmas felicitations and appreciation of the good work of the bishop in the Diocese, especially the speedy execution of the Cathedral building project, for which the women acclaim him as a great achiever (ome nke ahuru anya), and wished him more vigour in the Lord’s stewardship.



Full of thanks, the bishop gladly received the gifts and appreciated the generosity of the CWO, whose role in the church the prelate described as indispensable. His Lordship acknowledged their donation of N5 million to the Cathedral building project recently, their sustainable care for the clergy and motherly disposition towards the church and prayed God to bless their ways and means, their families, increase their faith and take all faithful through to a hope-filled new year.

In her intervention, Rev. Sr. J. Udebunjo, HHCA (Advisor) saluted the women for their loyalty, dedication and diligence in the service of God, and urged them to bear the prevailing economic difficulties with faith and hope for a better future.

In her season’s felicitations, the Diocesan President saluted all women in the Diocese for their steadfastness, despite all odds. She extolled the selfless dedication of the exco to duty and urged them not to relent. And to all Christ faithful in Okigwe Diocese she extended wishes of happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. And to all benefactors of CWO she wished them endless flow of fortunes.



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