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May 27, 2018

Private, Mission Schools Need Grant in Aid – NAPPS tells Govt.

The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, has appealed to government to give grant in aid to private schools and mission schools as was done during the colonial era and up to 1970. The National President of NAPPS, Dr. Sally Adukwu Bolujoko made the appeal at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri while speaking on the occasion of the NAPPS Day Celebration/l2th Anniversary with the theme “FUNDING PRIVATE EDUCATION IN NIGERIA”. Dr. Bolujoko made a case for adequate funding of Education by all tiers of Government as a way of enhancing quality education in the country. She stated that…

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Ikeduru celebrates 2017 Iwa-ji Cultural Festival

The quiet Abazu Autonomous Community in the Ikeduru LGA of Imo State, was last weekend thrown into an orgy of cultural excitement as dignitaries from within and outside Ikeduru gathered at the Central School field Abazu to celebrate the 2017 Ikeduru New Yam Festival, also known as “Iri-Ji” or “Iwa-ji Cultural Festival.” The event, which had been described as grand in all ramifications featured a wide range of activities which included, cultural dances, wrestling, proverbs competition, selected speeches, various addresses and others. In a welcome address on behalf of the entire people of Ikeduru, the chairman of Ndi Eze Ikeduru,…

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OACCMO Day: 32 receive Ezinna award

OACCMO Day 32 receive Ezinna award2

…Archbishop commends growth of CMO About 32 distinguished Christian fathers bagged the prestigious “Ezinna Award” during the 2017 CMO Day organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO). The investiture which took place at Obiri-Odenigbo, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 21, was preceded by a concelebrated Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. He was assisted by the Vicar-General, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, the Chancellor/Secretary, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the Cathedral Administrator,  the CMO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. S. O. Igbokwe, Rev. Fr. Gererd Onyekwere, the Director of Communications, Rev. Fr. George…

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LSM Ugiri unveils 3rd Pet Project: Donates 2-bedroom flat to widow

LSM Ugiri unveils 3rd Pet Project 3

– National President rates Sub-Council Nigerian best Ladies of the Knights of St. Mulumba (LSM) Nigeria, Ugiri Sub-Council led by President Dr. Lady Rose-Colette Ngozi Ewurum, Sunday 8th October 2017, unveiled their 3rd Pet Project tagged, “Lending to the Lord (Prov. 19:17).” The beneficiary was a widow, Mrs. Rose Anunobi, native of Umunwagba village, Umuozu Ugiri Isiala Mbano LGA Imo State, who was on the occasion ushered into a 2-bedroom flat with kitchen and conveniences. Two beneficiaries of the preceding 1st and 2nd Pet Projects of equally 2-bedroom flat each were Mrs. Christiana Dike, native of Amaraku Isiala Mbano in…

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Blessed Tansi Parish: Archbishop Obinna Visits St. Peter Station Works Layout

Blessed Tansi Parish Archbishop Obinna visits St. Peter Station Works Layout

…Lauds for giant strides It was praises galore Sunday, October 8, 2017 for the young vibrant St. Peter Station (Works Layout) of the Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji Owerri, as Christ’s faithful there celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of the inauguration of the Station. Among those who patted the young station on the back was, the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Archdiocese himself, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, who was there in person to preside over the Eucharistic celebration. The occasion was also used to raise funds for the purchase of some structures at that place of worship….

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Laity are pillars of Catholic Church – Bishop Amatu

Laity are pillars of Catholic Church - Bishop Amatu

– As Okigwe Diocesan Laity Council honors faithful Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amamchukwu Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Okigwe, Imo State on Saturday 14th October 2017 heralding the investiture and elevation of select faithful by the Diocesan Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria led by Barr. B.E.A Ebearo (KSM). The prelate of Okigwe Diocese concelebrated the Eucharist with Very Rev. Monsignor Vitus Ohagwa, Chaplain of the Diocesan Laity Council and Monsignor Prof. Simon Anyanwu, the Chancellor of Okigwe Diocese with a retinue of priests. In his homily, Bishop Amatu expressed profound salutary…

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Dedication of St. Dominic’s Church Afara

…Organizers express gratitude Friday 29th September, 2017 a day that every true Catholic of St. Dominic’s Parish and indeed all inhabitants of Afara, Mbaitoli L.G.A Imo State, will never forget in a hurry. A day with glamour, pomp and pageantry allowed the realization of a long sought and thought dream of every well-meaning Catholic faithful of Afara – the dedication of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. Little wonder the glistening environs of the Church premises were added more colour, as members of the Church as well as their guests appeared in dazzling colours, spotting locally — made fabrics, with St. Dominic’s…

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Hurray to St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy IMSU Owerri

This year’s National Choir Fiesta, fondly called FILM i.e (Forum for the Inculturation of Liturgical Music) was hosted by St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy Imo State University Owerri, recently. The one week power packed event which started from Sunday, October 1st 2017 (arrival) to Sunday October 8th 2017 (departure) was declared open on Monday 2nd October, 2017 by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V. Obinna, Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese with a pontifical Mass. In his homily at the occasion His Grace (who is a Composer himself) appreciated FILM’s participants whom he referred to as ‘The New Generation Evangelizers’ and…

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Nigeria Reconsecrated to Our Lady

 Be proud to proclaim Mary as our Mother Nigeria has been reconsecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The reconsecration which took place in the Archdiocese of Benin City, Edo State October 13, 2017 was a follow up to the consecration done in 1954. The event was part of the activities marking the Grand Finale of National Marian Year and the Centenary of the Marian Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal (1917). In his homily during the opening Mass, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, Archbishop of Benin City, called on Catholics to be proud to proclaim Mary as our Mother. He observed that…

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Ezinne Mama Rose Ejimofor laid to rest

Ezinne Mama Rose Ejimofor laid to rest

The body of Ezinne Mama Rose Nwachialu Ejimofor, who was called to eternal glory early last month, has been buried in the family compound at Umuorii Uratta in the Owerri North LGA. The funeral Mass for the 100-year old matriarch of the Ejimofor family, held at St. Michael Catholic Church Umuorii, was presided over by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Onwana. He concelebrated with Rev. Frs. Emmanuel Oparaugo (a nephew to the deceased) and Isaac Chima, Deputy Director, Assumpta Press. The Director of the Assumpta Press and Editor of The Leader, Fr. Ray Nzereogu also graced the occasion. It…

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Emotions roar as Mrs Ayo-Enwerem departs

Tears, grief, and sadness yell like heavy down pour when mourners and sympathizers gathered at Christ the King Church Amano Anara in Isiala Mbano LGA for the funeral Mass of Lolo Marita Chibuzo Ayo-Enwerem who died days after a ghastly motor accident at the age of 48. The burial Mass which took place on Thursday September 28 was attended by a good number of Catholic priests, including the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, and Bishop of Bauchi Diocese, Most Rev. Hilary Dachelem. While preaching at the Mass, Archbishop Obinna who was also the Chief celebrant described Mrs….

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FUTO VC promises to partner with Church …As St Michael’s Ihiagwa marks Feast Day

FUTO VC promises to partner with Church

Moral and character molding, two of the outward behavioral signs in human nature, where the church remains for ages a leading voice through her untiring teachings and evangelization have been extolled by Prof. Francis Eze, Vice-Chancellor Federal University of Technology Owerri, Sunday October 1. The university don said as head of institution where future life and character of the young ones remain paramount in policy making, he has no option than to partner with the church authorities in making sure the society is kept safe for human habitation. Prof. Eze made this revelation at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Ihiagwa, Owerri…

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day

 “Make Vision Count” World sight day (WSD) is a global event that focuses on bringing attention to those with vision impairment. It is observed on the second Thursday of October of each year. This year’s own would be observed on the 12th of October, 2017, with the theme: “MAKE VISION COUNT”. World Sight day raises awareness on blindness and vision impairment as well as provision of eye health care. World sight day was originally initiated by the “SIGHTFIRSTCAMPAIGN” of Lions Club international foundation in 2000. It has since been integrated into vision 2020 (right to sight and total elimination of…

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23 Priests Ordained for Okigwe Diocese

23 Priests Ordained for Okigwe Diocese

No fewer than 23 Deacons were ordained priests for the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe on Saturday 30th September 2017 at the cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. The ordaining prelate was the local Ordinary of Okigwe, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu in league with the Bishop of Kaya Diocese in Burkina Faso, Most Rev. Thomas Kabore. In a homily at the Mass that witnessed an unprecedented mammoth congregation, Bishop Amatu noted with delight that the ordination has moved up the numerical strength of the Diocesan Presbyterium from about 432 to over 455 in 2017, a developments which the prelate described as an…

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Imo youths have capacity for leadership – Amb Tony Kelvin

Imo youths have capacity for leadership - Amb Tony Kelvin

Members of the youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Imo State Chapter have been told that the power to provide and manage effective and result oriented leadership that will stem the tide of the country from drift lies with them if they direct their energies and sound intellectual capabilities properly and avoid being used by the old breed to destroy themselves and scuttle their ambition to serve the nation. They were further reminded that without discipline and focus, the youths will continue to float and remain willing tools in the hands of those who will buy off their resourcefulness for mere…

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Msgr Anyanwu lists factors militating against marriage

Msgr Anyanwu lists factors militating against marriage

…As Okigwe Diocesan CWO ends 2017 August Confab It was a joyful home-coming and happy re-union for Catholic women in Okigwe Diocese as those of them living in the Diaspora joined their home counterparts for the grand-finale of the 2017 edition of the CWO August home and abroad annual meeting. The theme of this year’s conference which drew representatives from parish and deanery levels is, “Catholic response to the social challenges of marriage and family life.” In his admonitions at the opening Mass of the event, the Diocesan Chaplain of the CWO, Msgr. (Prof.) Simon Anyanwu charged mothers to strive…

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All roads lead to IMSU chaplaincy …As National choir fiesta kicks-off tomorrow

St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy, Imo State University, Owerri is set for the national choir fiesta, surnamed FILM, an acronym for Forum For the Inculturation of Liturgical Music. IMSU Chaplaincy is hosting the week-long fiesta from Sunday October 1st (arrival). to Sunday October 8th, 2017 (departure) . Briefing journalists, the chaplain, St. Joseph Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku said the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri will declare the fiesta open tomorrow, Monday at 8:30am, with a Pontifical Mass. Over 1,600 student delegates and 100 officials, National Executive officers of FILM, Chaplains of Catholic Chaplaincies and Father Founders…

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Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

…Confirms 105 St. James Catholic Parish Nnorie, in the Ngor Okpala LGA, last Sunday (Sept 24) received kudos for the excellent performance of the candidates it presented for the Sacrament of confirmation. The commendation came from no less a personality, than the chief shepherd himself, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, who was on a two-day pastoral visit to the church. The occasion was the Holy Mass for the administration of the sacrament of confirmation celebrated during the second day of his pastoral visit (Saturday Sept 23 to Sunday Sept 24, 2017). The essence…

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Murdered Catholic priest laid to rest in Orlu

Murdered Catholic priest laid to rest in Orlu

The body of late Rev Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo of Orlu Diocese, who was kidnapped and murdered by unknown people recently has been committed to mother earth after a requiem Mass at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu, September 25,2017. In a homily at the Mass, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma explained that death is painful in human eye, especially the circumstances behind Fr Onunkwo’s death. According to him, death remains a transformation to eternal life which is a different experience. Bishop Ukwuoma described the deceased as a young man who chose to be an instrument of God’s…

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OPERATION PYTHON DANCE; Catholic bishop of Umuahia blasts army

OPERATION PYTHON DANCE; Catholic bishop of Umuahia blasts army

….cautions agitators The Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji is disgusted with the recent invasion of Umuahia, capital of Abia State, by the military which left in its trail, “a devastating tale of terror, blood and tears.” Bishop Ugorji, in a Press Release issued in Umuahia on Tuesday September 26, said the Operation Python Dance II deployed to the State in the guise of fighting crime and agitations turned a section of Umuahia into a theatre of violence, subjecting hapless and armless IPOB members who fell into their net to unimaginable cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. “The…

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