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May 27, 2018

Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition, Miss Alexandra Nwigwe emerges overall winner

Miss Alexandra Nwigwe emerges overall winner

Miss Alexandra Nwigwe of Vivian Fowler Memorial College Lagos has emerged the overall best in  the 14th Mike Okonkwo National Essay competition, scoring 90 per cent in the first round of the competition and 80 per cent in the second round. Alexandra is the grandchild of Prof Lady Victoria Nwigwe. Miss Jesudunta Mercy Ipinmoye of Corona Secondary School Agbara, came second scoring 80 per cent in the first round and 72 per cent in the second round. The third position went to Master Akingbade Gbenga of Emerald High School Lagos who scored 80 per cent in the first round and…

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CYON St. Brendan’s Amakohia ends Cultural Week

CYON St. Brendan's Amakohia ends Cultural Week

Catholic youths have been viewed as the hope of the Church just as culture remains one of the glaring definitive features of man. In the light of this celebrated facts, the Catholic Youth Organization of St Brendan’s Catholic Parish Amakohia Ikeduru saw the necessity to appreciate the Catholic Church and celebrate her cultural identity and heritage in this year’s youth/cultural week with the theme “Cut off from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Sunday 13th August 2017 ushered in the flag off which was done by His Royal Highness Eze Dr Innocent Umunnakwe Alaribe Eze Oha III Amakohia Autonomous…

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KSM invests 4th Degree Knights in Owerri Metro

KSM invests 4th Degree Knights in Owerri Metro

Top echelon of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria converged once more on the magnificent church of Immaculate Heart of Mary Alike Obowo in Okigwe Diocese on Sunday 3rd September 2017 for conferment of 4th Degree rank on 10 brothers and sisters of the Order. The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, was represented by the Vicar General I, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, at the Holy Mass preceding the investiture, which was performed by the Worthy Supreme Knight Engr/Barr. Myke-Mary Nwosu, assisted by some supreme officers of the Order among them Sis Pat Ngor Nwachukwu…

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When final step becomes real at Claretian

When final step becomes real at Claretian

 … Fr Nwobi preaches self denial The administrative seat of the Claretian Missionary Fathers (CMF) at the Area “A” World Bank, Owerri witnessed yet again a solemn religious activity, when six young members of the congregation before their Provincial Superior, Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi, other Claretian priests, and lay faithful made a perpetual vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience, Saturday September 9. The event which started with a Eucharistic celebration, saw the candidates: Henry Ekwem, Henry Leka-Ire, Maximus Okorie, Paul Onele, Peter Onele, and Valentine Orazulume at the separate mention of their names declared: I am ready and willing…

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Fear impedes development, breeds discrimination – 2017 Odenigbo lecturer

Fear impedes development, breeds discrimination - 2017 Odenigbo lecturer

Ndigbo have been advised to trust in God and not allow fear to rule their lives because it impedes development and breeds discrimination. The Catholic Bishop of Awgu, His Lordship, Most Rev. John Ifeanyichukwu Okoye gave the advice, Saturday September 2, 2017 while delivering this year’s Odenigbo Lecture at the Odenigbo Pavilion of the Maria Assumpta Cathedral. The lecturer, who spoke on the topic, “Uwadiegwu: Mma na Ujo di nuwa ndi Igbo,” regretted that fear has taken root in the lives of most Igbos and their relationship with one another. This has bred lack of trust and suspicion as every…

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Udodiri women embark on developmental projects

Udodiri women embark on developmental projects

…As Ndom Immaculate raise fund to roof hall The Udodiri Women Association, Umuonyeali, Mbieri in the Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State has embarked on developmental projects aimed at uplifting their community. The projects include: rehabilitation of dilapidated infrastructures such as the Umuonyeali community Secondary School buildings (which they single-handedly constructed), maintenance of the primary school, bad road network, poor electricity supply, security and supporting their husbands in other developmental activities. The decision was part of the outcome of their 2017 August Meeting which was rounded off with a thanksgiving Mass at St. Benignus Catholic Church Ihitte Isi Mbieri on Sunday…

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Archbishop Obinna blesses KSJI Hostel Complex

Archbishop Obinna blesses KSJI Hostel Complex

A multi-million naira hostel complex built by the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St John International (KSJI) now ready for use has been commissioned by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna. The commissioning ceremony was the high point of the Third Quarterly Meeting of the Joint Grand Board of Trustees (JGBOT) held in Owerri, Thursday August 31, 2017.   The occasion attracted the top hierarchy of KSJI including; the Grand Spiritual Director, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Njoku, the Grand President, Brig-Gen (Prof) Ezechiel Ihionu, the Grand Secretary, Col T.K. Nwachukwu, the Grand Respected President,…

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Youths felicitate with Igwe of Orlu

Youths felicitate with Igwe of Orlu

…As he celebrates New Yam Festival Youths from the Orlu Autonomous Community in Orlu L.G.A, under the leadership of Mr. Ugonna Enyinnaya as Chairman and Engr. Austine Nwadike as the Vice Chairman, have felicitated with the Traditional Ruler of the Community, HRM Eze Patrick Acholonu, Igwe the XI of Orlu Ancient Kingdom. In a message, the Public Relations Officer, Comrade Udechi Francis Jnr., they described the 2017 Iri Ji Orlu as a unique one, which was well organized by the Committee set up by the traditional ruler. The statement referred to the people of Orlu as a community with a…

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Owerri Archdiocesan Mary League ends seminar

By Augusta Alaribe   Activities marking the 2017 seminar of Owerri Archdiocesan Mary League Girls have ended at Holy Family Catholic Parish Umunwoha Irete. The theme of the seminar was “Humility, a virtue for service.” Welcoming the Mary League Girls, the parish priest of Holy Family Catholic Parish Umunwoha Irete, Rev. Fr. Cosmas Onukwugha, with heart filled with joy, said that it was the first of its kind. He said the essence of man’s existence is to love God and also serve him with all his strength. Humility signifies lowliness or submissiveness and is derived from the Latin word “Humilitas”…

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There’s need to harness the potentials of Imo youths – Amb. Kelvin

Imo youths have capacity for leadership - Amb Tony Kelvin

Ambassador Tony Kelvin, a social crusader and philanthropist, has expressed the need to harness the potentials of Imo youths for the greater future of the state. Speaking when members of the All Nigeria United Nations Students and Youth Association (ANUNSA) paid him a courtesy call in his Owerri residence, Amb. Kelvin advised ANUNSA to bring together all the youths in the three zones in one house in other to achieve a common purpose. Amb. Kelvin said he was not only grateful for the honor done him with the award of Peace Ambassador but deeply touched that his little contributions to…

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Ejike Uche bemoans state of Imo – As UPP honours him

Renowned politician, Chris Ejike Uche has decried what he called “hogwash, hiccups and mob type” of growth in Imo State, noting that the so called “Urban Renewal Programme” of the current administration is turning into “urban destruction.” Speaking during a reception organized in his honour by UPP executives, Orlu zone, Sept. 4, Ejike Uche who is the Deputy National Chairman UPP (South) said the present administration has not established any industry since inception, rather, the ones established by late Governor Sam Mbakwe have all been erased. He listed the industries as – Shoe Industry, Abutu Poultry, Tile Industry, Adapalm, Concorde…

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Maria Assumpta Conference of the Society of St Vincent De Paul inaugurated

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Owerri Central Council recently inaugurated Maria Assumpta Conference during a Holy Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. Members of the society in the Archdiocese of Owerri trooped out in their numbers as the inauguration which coincided with the Owerri Central Council quarterly meeting. The society’s oat was administered on the new members by the Assistant Administrator of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Sunny Uchegbu. The chief celebrant, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere, the Cathedral Administrator advised members of the society of St. Vincent de Paul to reach out to the poorest of the poor…

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Ekeukwu demolition: Owerri people besiege Assumpta Cathedral

…Archbishop sues for peace   The people of Owere nchi-ise and elders of Owerri geo-political zone besieged Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday, Sept. 3 for prayers for the victims of Ekeukwu Owerri market which was forcefully demolished by the state government, August 26. A 10year old boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi was killed during the exercise while several others received gunshot injuries. The Mass at Assumpta Cathedral was part of a seven day mourning period declared by nde Owere in honour of the dead and those injured during the invasion of their ancestral market. Welcoming the petitioners who wore black attires…

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Odenigbo: Ndigbo still bonded to evil forces, beliefs – Archbishop Obinna

Though the coming of Christianity has visibly stopped in most Igbo communities the killing of twins, “there are lingering and hidden reflexes and practices which still audibly tell that many Igbo are bonded to evil forces and beliefs and therefore remain in fearful misery while pretending to be valiant and courageous persons.” The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri disclosed this Tuesday, August 29 during a press conference for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo Lecture. “Prominent among these reflexes and practices is the Arusi-Diala bondage, which even among Catholics and otherwise serious Christians prevents them from marrying fellow…

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Blessed Tansi Parish CWO ends August Women Meeting

Members of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Home and Abroad Union of Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji, Owerri, have rounded off their 2017 August Meeting with a Holy Mass held on Sunday 20th August, 2017. In her address at the occasion, President of the CWO (Home and Abroad), Mrs. Joy Ihejieto, stated that August Meeting is a period the women take stock of their past activities as well to plan ahead. She revealed that they are “conscious of the great work that lies ahead”, which is to complete and dedicate the church building. “The project we have selected for this…

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St. Michael Parish CWO Umuezeala Ogwara honours deserving sons, daughters

– Rounds off 2017 August Meeting The Home and Abroad Union of St. Michael Parish Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Umuezeala Ogwara in Ehime Mbano LGA rounded off this year’s August Meeting with the honouring of 120 parishioners for their outstanding contributions to the upliftment of their church. While 68 were awarded the Eziada title, 52 were honoured as Ezinwa. The ceremony was attended by prominent members of the community, including illustrious sons as Prof. Remy Uche, who is the chairman of the Church Building Committee and Chief Tony Nnorom, among others. It started with a concelebrated Holy Mass at which…

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Marriage demands sacrifice from each partner – Priest says

As Dr. Anyaehie weds Barr. Anyaeze   Husbands and wives have been reminded that marriage demands sacrifice from both sides in order to create a happy and peaceful home. This can only be possible if love is the bedrock of such a union.   Rev. Fr. Raphael Uzoekwe gave this injunction, Saturday, August 19, 2017 while preaching the homily at the wedding Mass of Dr. Chidiebere Kenneth Anyaehie and his wife, Barr. Ogonnaya Chiamaka Chinaeme Anyeze, at St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy, Imo State University, Owerri.   According to him, a true Christian marriage involves carrying of each other’s burden with…

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My elevation as Monsignor a divine intervention – Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu

The Dean, Ehime Deanery, Very Rev. Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu celebrated a thanksgiving Mass at St. Columba Catholic Church Aghaghara for his appointment as Monsignor by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.   Monsignor Ofoegbu celebrated the Mass with Rev. Fr. Vitalis Ekemmiri, Rev. Dr. Simon Okeke, Rev. Fr. Charles Anyanwu and Fr. Chima Irechukwu.   In his homily, Msgr. Ofoegbu gave thanks to God for the elevation. He prayed God to grant eternal repose to the souls of his parents – Ezinna Felix and Lolo Anna Louisa Ofoegbu of blessed memory. He recalled that in the bible, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah…

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Good mothers are role models – Fr Dieme

…As CWO St Joseph Umualumaku honours parishioners Ever smiling Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano L.G.A celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday 20th August 2017 heralding the conferment of honour to a select number of distinguished female parishioners drawing curtain on the activities of the Home and Abroad August Meeting for the year. Fr, Dieme was assisted by Rev. Fr. Christian Obioha. In his homily, the Parish Priest eulogized the founders and initiators of the annual August meeting where women cross fertilize ideas, appraise communal problems and proffer solutions that translate into giant developmental…

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Naze Community revives age long Ite Ofe festival

History was made on 22 August 2017, when the people of Naze Autonomous Community in Owerri North Local Government of Imo State, turned out in their large numbers to celebrate the revival of their age long cultural festival “Ite-Ofe Naze” which took place at Naze Secondary School field, irrespective of the down pour of rain. The ceremony according to the President General of Naze Peoples Assembly, Chief Surv. C.U. Madu was last celebrated in August, 1940. In his welcome address on the occasion, Chief Madu said the revival was in fulfillment of the quest of Naze people and the traditional…

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