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May 22, 2018

St. Patrick’s Parish Nekede Visits Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze

  The Rector, staff and seminarians of Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday, May 2 as St. Patrick’s Parish Nekede paid them a visit with cash and foodstuffs in fulfillment of their duty of annual seminary visit/feeding of seminarians. The visit was described as a timely one as it came at a time when the harsh economy of Nigeria has made the cost of food items to skyrocket in the markets; making it excruciatingly difficult for boarding schools to maintain a good standard of feeding for their students. The visitors who were led by the…

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Community Hospital Eziobodo reopens

…Fr Eke commits project to God Members of the general public who feel that availability of enough materials and structural facilities as well as financial capital are the only primary requirements for establishing long term investments should pause awhile. This is because Community General Hospital Eziobodo, Owerri West LGA has been reopened following a prayer and blessing exercise showered on the project. Mrs. Stella Okere, the chief medical director who ensured that the hitherto moribund hospital would not resume without passing through spiritual rebirth, believed that submitting the new hospital into God’s hands would serve not only as a prelude…

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Lady Angelina Adaugo Oguh bows out at 66 years

Sr Angelina Adaugo Oguh

  The Noble Order of Knights of St. John International as usual, turned out in their numbers to accord a befitting burial to one of her illustrious members, Sr Angelina Adaugo Oguh who bowed out of this mortal existence at the age of 66. During the homily at the Requiem Mass at St. Rose’s Catholic Parish Ihitte Ezinihitte Thursday April 19, 2018, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Mbanusi asserted that no accident can take away a person’s life unless as destined by God. He supported his assertion with examples of many who scaled through serious accidents and those who couldn’t no matter…

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Don’t mind politicians, Nigeria still in a mess

Rev Fr Dr Francis Nwaiwu

  While millions of Nigerians are suffering untold hardship, going to bed hungry and working without pay, the government is busy congratulating itself, claiming that things are getting better, that recession is no more.   The truth is that Nigeria is still in a mess. Things are getting worse. The only people smiling in the country today are the political elite and their businessmen collaborators. Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Francis Nwaiwu, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of St. Mulumba, dropped this hint in his homily during Mass for the Owerri Metropolitan Council held at Mulumba Hall Owerri on Saturday. “As millions of Nigerians…

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Bishop Ukwuoma inaugurates St. Jude’s Parish Urualla – Says Church brings peace and reconciliation

From L-R: Fr. Dr. Hyginus Chigere, Chief Dona Madumere and wife, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma, Rev. Fr. Henry Nweje and Eze John Nwadinigwe (April 13)

  Church as agent of societal development equally brings peace and reconciliation among the people of God wherever it is situated. The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma made this known during a Holy Mass at St. Jude’s Parish Urualla to mark the inauguration of the new parish. He stated that whatever thing we do as human beings in life without God will not stand, and that is why everyone must put God first who directs the affairs of our lives. Bishop Ukwuoma said that Catholic Church carries the gospel of Christ down to the rural dwellers for…

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Nneoma Cecilia & Nze M.N. Nwoke join Saints Triumphant

Late Ezinna M.N. Nwoke with Nneonna Cecilia Nwoke

  The duo of Nze Matthew and Nneoma Cecilia Nwokorie were interred at their Alaiyi-Umudibia country home, Umualumaku Umueze Autonomous Community, Ehime Mbano L.G.A Imo State on Thursday, April 12, 2018 after the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St. Joseph Parish celebrated by Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, the Bishop’s delegate. Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu, (Ekwueme), former Parish Priest of St. Joseph Umualumaku concelebrated the requiem Mass with a retinue of priests including Rev. Frs. Peter Anyanwu Okigwe Diocesan Director of Communications and Editor of Sage Newspapers, Rev. Fr. Kelechi Uzuegbu, Damian Iwundu Vincent Emezie, Christian Obioha, Fr. Joseph Kanini,…

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St Columba Nsu marks 100 years of Catholicism

Bishop Amatu Msgr Ofoegbu and Very Rev Cajethan Ehiem during the celebration

  It was with pomp and pageantry that the Catholic faithful drawn from Mbano, Obowo, Ihitte and Ehime celebrated the centenary anniversary of St. Columba Parish Nsu. The ceremony began with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Solomon Amatu on Saturday 14th April 2018. The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese concelebrated with over 300 priests including Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu, Very Rev. Fr. Cajethan Ehiem, Vicar General 1, Rev. Dr. B.A.A Osuji, Fr. Dr. S. Okeke, Fr. Oliver Amaechi, Fr. Emma Osuji, Rev. Fr. Kelechi Uzuegbu, Fr. Maurice Jiwike, Fr. Barr. Anthony Chidi Onyenagada among others. In his homily, Fr. Maurice…

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Coronation: Chief Christopher Amadi crowned Traditional Ruler of Okolochi

Archbishop Anthony Obinna, HRH Eze Christopher Amadi, his Ugoeze and members of the Eze's cabinet

– Use your reign to witness for Christ – Archbishop Obinna A mammoth crowd of friends, business associates, royal fathers, Knights and Ladies of the church (especially Knights of St John International – KSJI) Friday, April 13, witnessed the coronation of Chief (Sir) Christopher Chukwuemeka Amadi, as the Traditional Ruler and Ochi II of the Okolochi Autonomous  Community in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State. Venue was St. Joseph Catholic Church Okolochi. The spectacular and innovative feature of the ceremony was the role played by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, the Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna in the…

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St Mary’s Parish Eziobodo celebrates Mother’s Day

Rev Fr Vernatius Ukachukwu with parish CWO exco

  It was a joyful day at St Mary’s Catholic Parish Eziobodo Owerri West L.G.A., April 8, 2018 as the Christian mothers joined their counterparts across the country to celebrate this year’s Mother’s day. The first phase of the occasion started with a Eucharistic Mass presided over by the parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Vernatius Ukachukwu. Delivering the homily, Fr. Ukachukwu said that one of the reasons for the gathering was to thank God for the gift of motherhood. He encouraged mothers to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model. He advised the youths to always appreciate their mothers…

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St John’s Umunahu Uratta …Parish agog as CWO marks maiden celebration

Fr Nnajiemere Mrs Mbisike and other CWO members

  St. John’s Catholic Church Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA is barely months of attaining parish status but the level of enthusiasm and active participation of religious activity by parishioners remains starling and something to be desired. Last Sunday, a mammoth crowed of worshippers joined their counterparts in various worshipping centers across the nation to mark this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration, and the event became a maiden edition that would linger on in the minds of participants. Introducing the Mass which heralded the activity-packed event, pioneer parish priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere expressed gratitude to God for the gift of…

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Mothers’ Day Celebration: Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish

Assumpta Parish Mothers day

  Activities marking this year’s Mother’s Day celebration at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri were rounded off with presentation of various categories of awards to deserving recipients. Six people bagged “Soldiers of Mary” award, three received “Ezinne Award” while others received “Ideal Mothers” and “Precious Mothers” awards. The occasion which coincided with Divine Mercy Sunday began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, assisted by other priests working in the Cathedral, including the Administrator, Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru and the Chancellor/Secretary, Fr. Alphonsus Oha. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna commended Catholic women for taking care of the…

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HRH Eze Alozie’s coronation at St Dominic’s Church Onicha

Eze Sir Jude Mbamaonye-ukwu

  … As he becomes pace-setter to Christian Royal Fathers The coronation ceremony of His Royal Highness Eze Sir Jude Mbamaonye-ukwu Alozie (KSJI) the Onuoha II of Onicha Autonomous Community Ezinihitte LGA Mbaise, at St Dominic’s Catholic Parish Onicha Ezinihitte on Easter Monday, April 2 2018, marked a new era of coronation of royal fathers among the faithful this area, especially Catholics. This coronation began with Holy Mass officiated by many priests with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo Chaplain, District 9 Commandery (KSJI) Mbaise as the chief celebrant. Calling for attention was how Eze Sir J.M. Alozie’s coronation paraphernalia were…

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Overcome your passion for fashion Archbishop Obinna tells women

Archbishop Obinna blessing the kolanut during a reception organized by the parish CWO.

  As mothers compete with the younger generation in keeping in touch with ongoing trend in fashion, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri has advised Catholic women to “overcome the passion for fashion.” Preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark this year’s Mother’s Day, April 8, Archbishop Obinna reminded women that fashion, money and power are vanity of vanities which will one day vanish. He said it was more important to take care of the soul than the body because when death comes it shatters the human body. He called on women to…

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St Michael’s Eziama Ikeduru marks Mother’s Day

Fr Joseph Onuoha flanked by other dignitaries salute the Christian Mothers during their Christian march past

…Fr Onuoha urges all to show love to mothers It was a day of overflowing joy for the parishioners of St Michael’s Church, Eziama in Ikeduru LGA last Sunday April 8th, 2018 as they celebrated Mothers Day (CWO Day). In his homily, the Parish Priest Very Rev Fr Joseph Onuoha urged all to show love to their mothers who risked their lives to give birth to them and raise them up. According to the cleric, the death of Jesus Christ for the sake of man’s sins and his subsequent resurrection, which has given man the needed salvation, show the importance…

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Mt. Carmel Emekuku Confers 13 with Ezinne Award

Fr Alex Okoro rejoicing with members of the CWO during the occasion

   Launches N5m bus project Christ’s faithful of Mt Carmel Mother Parish, Emekuku, last Sunday April 8, joined other Catholics throughout the country to mark this year’s Mother’s Day. It was organized by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the parish. Highlights of the occasion which was attended by dignitaries from both Imo State and beyond, especially illustrious sons and daughters of Emekuku community featured: the unveiling of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron saint of CWO; launching of a N5 million bus project and conferment of Ezinne title on 13 mothers of the parish. Speaking at the…

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Go and Christianize your villages, Fr. Muforo tells Christian mothers

Rev Fr Ernest Muforo with the parish CWO executive

  The Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of Stella Maris Parish Orodo joined their counterparts in Nigeria to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. The occasion started with Mass, presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Ernest Muforo. In his introductory rmarks, Fr. Muforo congratulated the mothers for their unprecedented number adding that they look beautiful in their CWO uniform. He also wished them God’s guidance and protection as they celebrated their day. Delivering the homily, the parish priest maintained that the purpose of the celebration was to thank God specially for the gift of motherhood of which the Blessed Virgin…

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Prosecute IPOB members’ killers, Ohanaeze tells Army

  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural body of the Igbo, has called for the prosecution of soldiers involved in an alleged extra-judicial killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during the recent Operation Python Dance in the South-East. The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said the organisation had raised the issue with the leadership of the Nigerian Army. Speaking during a ‘Night of Tributes’ for the late Biafran war commander and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Col. Joe Achuzia, at Enugu Sports Club, Nwodo said soldiers who flouted the army’s rules of engagement during the…

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Orlu Diocese: Learn to sacrifice for others – Fr. Idimogu tells Christians

  Christians have been urged to imbibe the spirit of applying whatever talents and riches given to them by God to the well-being of others, as well as the society. The Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church Umuna in Orlu L.G.A, Very Rev Fr. Bede Idimogu gave the admonition while delivering a homily during the Easter Sunday Holy Mass in his parish. He told Christians to sacrifice whatever they can for the sake of evangelization, as it helps to build their relationship with God. He stated that in our society today, both the old and young have something to contribute…

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Associate Missionary Society of St Paul visits Sacred Heart Home Owerri

Associate Missionary Society of St Paul visits Sacred Heart Home Owerri

  The Associate Missionary Society of St Paul Nigeria, Orlu zone, visited Sacred Heart Home Owerri on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 as part of their annual Corporal Work visitation on such day. The theme for this year’s visitation is “Encouraging our Priests in Home”. The Orlu zone of the association comprises Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe and Ahiara Dioceses. Among the representatives at the event were the zonal chairman, Tobias Osuala, and other zonal officers including Mr. Damian Nwauzo, Chief Livinus Okorougo, Mr. Mike Nwagi and Ezinna Barth Edom Eze. In his remark, the zonal chairman, Mr. Osuala said the society…

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Nze Romanus Okorobia goes home

  Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano LGA celebrated the Eucharist at the funeral Mass of late Nze Romanus Nwehie Okorobia on Friday March, 2018. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Augustine Obilor posited that we have only two most important days in the life of anyone, the date of birth and day of death. He harped on the inevitability of death which levels the rich, the poor, the aged, the young, women and the men. According to him, people preoccupy themselves with things of the world, while life is ephemeral. He expressed worry…

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