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May 27, 2018

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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Theresa Iwuagwu ties nuptial knot with Emmanuel Eke   

The new couple with the concelebranting priests, their parents and Nze Goddy Amaku (1st from left)

  Rev. Fr. Magnus Nwankwo celebrated the Eucharist at the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between Emmanuel Ugochukwu Eke of Umulolo Okigwe and Miss Theresa Iwuagwu of Umuduruaro, Agbaja at Our Lady of Victory Parish, Agbaja, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State on Saturday 24th March 2018. He concelebrated with 14 clerics including; Rev. Frs: Charles Ukachukwu, Anthony Omegara, Emmanuel Chukwujike, Iwuchukwu Patrick, Thaddeus Nnebedum, Okolie Peter, Uzo Desmond, Ralph Madu C, Anthony Nwordu, Kennedy Ibe, Godwin Obah, Very Rev. Fr. Felix Okonkwo (Parish Priest), Magnus Nwankwo and Benneth Ike. In his homily, Fr. Emmanuel Chukwujike appreciated the presence of the…

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Geodora holds 33rd exhibition… Graduates 135

The graduands showcase their products during a fashion parade at the graduation ceremony.

  Important dignitaries including parents, relations and well-wishers on 24th March stormed Uzii Primary School Mbaise Road Owerri to witness the 33rd matriculation / graduation ceremony of Geodora Skills Acquisition Centre Owerri In his welcome address the Chairman Geodora Organization, Nze Dr. George Onwuanibe revealed that GEODORA has graduated over 37,000 young ladies and housewives since its inception and also expanded the scope of its program to admit busy executives, graduates, school leavers and housewives for training in courses like dressmaking and fashion designing, textile arts and crafts, catering, home and hotel management etc. Nze Onwuanibe commended the graduands  for…

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Claretians bury priest, Fr Cyril Ibe

The remains of Fr. Cyril Ibe being conveyed to the burial ground by his classmates shortly after the funeral Mass

  Members of the Claretian Missionaries, East Nigeria Province who were couple of weeks ago thrown into mourning following the news of the demise of their priest brother, Rev. Fr. Cyril Ibe CMF, gathered at their Mother House, Claretian Institute of Philosophy Maryland Nekede Owerri for his final respect,  Tuesday March 27. The funeral rites which started the previous day with Evening Mass at the Congregation’s seat of power, St. Anthony Mary Claret Church, Area ‘A’ World Bank were concluded at the Claretians burial ground Maryland Nekede. Shortly after the Lying-in-state ritual at the Institute’s Martyrs of Barbastro Chapel, Very…

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KSJI 422 Owerri ends 2018 Retreat

KSJI 422 Owerri ends 2018 Retreat

  … Fixes Lenten period for annual retreats This year’s Annual Retreat for Knights of St John Interntional (KSJI) Holy Cross Commandery 422, Owerri, and their Queen of Heaven Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) 350 has ended. The three day spiritual exercise, Thursday to Saturday March 22 to 24, which was mandatory for all knights and ladies took place at the KSJI Complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. Rev Fr Moses Chikwe, of the Education Commission, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, preached and moderated the retreat. It featured Holy Masses, confessions, Euchaistic Adorations, Stations of the Cross and talks on vital aspects…

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Chrism Mass: Lead people to God always

Chrism Mass: Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna surrounded by Priests as he consecrates the Chrism, Thursady March 29

  Archbishop Obinna tasks priest Creates 3 new parishes The Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has tasked priests not to lead people to themselves but to God who called them just as Christ whom they represent led people to God by being the way, the truth and the life. He made this clarion call while preaching the homily at the Chrism Mass  on Holy Thursday morning at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Oweri; a celebration which was attended by a great number of priests from Owerri Archdiocese, priests from religious communities working…

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Don’t lose hope when things get tough

  Akagha advises Christians Christians have been advised not to lose hope when things get tough because God anticipates their problems and will come to their help. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, parish priest, St. Mark’s Church New Owerri gave the advice in his sermon during  Easter Vigil Mass. He said that when Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of James were going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, their major concern was, “who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb? They were also concerned with how to deal with the soldiers guarding…

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Family values declining in Igboland – Claretian Priest

Family values declining in Igboland - Claretian Priest

  The moral and ethical values and principles traditionally upheld and transmitted in Igbo society such as hardwork, honesty, prudence, self-worth, family pride, integrity, fear of God etc, are dying gradually in Igboland. A Claretian Priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Uche cmf raised the alarm during a Retreat for Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council Owerri. The Lenten Retreat took place at St. Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri. Fr. Uche observed that these core values of Ndigbo are progressively being abandoned rather than being reinforced as parents are no longer interested in transmitting the values which have major…

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OGUTA: Priest harps on gratitude as out-going CMO President holds thanksgiving

OGUTA: Priest harps on gratitude as out-going CMO President holds thanksgiving

  Christians have been called upon to be thankful to God at all times and make sacrifices for propagation of the gospel. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Nwachukwu Okwosa (SDV) said this in a homily during Easter Sunday Mass/Thanksgiving in appreciation of God’s graces/favours by Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha for his two-term tenure (December 2010 – Feb. 2018) as President of the CMO of the Parish/Zone. The celebration took place at Sacred Heart Parish Oguta. Fr. Okwosa asserted that nothing is impossible for God to do (Ifeanyichukwu) and whosoever professes Christ and work in his ways shall never be disappointed. He enjoined…

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Historic wedding at IHM Parish Umuagwo

  History was made in Ohaji/Egbema LGA Imo State as a total number of 50 couples were joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish Umuagwo – Ohaji. This was courtesy of the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, who during his last pastoral visit to the parish called on all those living as husbands and wives without the sacrament of matrimony to avail themselves the opportunity of solemnizing their union. The mass wedding described as “A Golden Wedding” took place on Saturday March 24, 2018. The parish priest, Rev Fr Raymond…

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36 bag First Class in FUTO

  Out of the 2,325 graduands in the 2016/2017 class of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), 36 made First Class, 914 – Second Class Upper, 1,170 – Second Class Lower while 49 scored Third Class. The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Francis Eze disclosed this on April 3 during a press briefing for the 30th convocation ceremony of the university held on Friday April 6. Prof. Eze also said that 438 would be conferred with Post Graduate degrees and diplomas. A breakdown of the higher degrees shows that 46 will be conferred with Ph.D, 250 – Masters Degree…

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Owerri Communities Celebrate Solar Street Lights, Mini Grid

Owerri Communities Celebrate Solar Street Lights and Mini Grid

  Two separate communities in Owerri Federal Constituency went agog March 30, as they unveiled various projects located in their respective areas installed by the Energy Commission of Nigeria. The Ebikoro community in Owerri North Local Government Area, amid fanfare energized solar powered street lights while the Umuihuigba- Umuodu community in the Owerri municipal celebrated the installation of 3kw solar mini Grid designed to improve energy access to its community centre. Speaking at the Ebikoro community, its President General, Chief Umunna Obibi thanked the Energy Commission of Nigeria for siting the solar street lights in the community. He expressed happiness…

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Southern Youths Wings of CAN condemns herdsmen killings

Gov. Samuel Orton of Benue state presenting an award of recognition to the Southern YOWICAN Chairman, Barr. Oluchukwu Ijere Nnabugwu for his friendship to Benue state government

  …… Condoles with Benue state government The Southern Youths wing of Christain Associations of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in its entirety the recent massacre killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country. In a press release made available to newsmen in Owerri recently, the President of the Southern Youth Wing of CAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu noted that since 2016 still date more persons have died in clashes with herdsmen than in Boko Haram especially in states like Benue, Adamawa, Ekiki, Imo, zamfara, Enugu and Delta. Saddled by this, he disclosed that the Youths Christain Association has commenced the visit to…

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Rev. Fr. Wence Obi lays foundation block of priest’s residence, at Sacred Heart Church Ubah Mbaoma Emii

  History was made on Thursday 15th Feb., 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Station Ubah under the Holy Cross Parish Emii, Owerri North LGA when Christ’s faithful trooped out en masse to witness the ground breaking ceremony, to lay the foundation block of their priest’s residence. This followed the approval on 21st Feb 2017 by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony JV Obinna, to Sacred Heart Station to start priest’s residence. As early as 7.30am, the site of the building was filled to capacity by Christ’s faithful waiting for their parish priest, Rev Fr Wence Obi…

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Christian conscience dying in Nigeria – Priest

The Ladies with their President, Hon. Lady Anne Dozie and Chaplain, Fr. Ekwebelem, after the retreat.

  … As Ladies of St. Mulumba, Emekuku Sub-Council ends Retreat Christianity today, rather than being a life that is lived in accordance with, and after the manner of Jesus Christ, appears to have become a mere name or title that is only tagged to a person’s name. Rev. Fr. Sanctus Okey Ekwebelem, expressed this view in a Retreat for Ladies of St. Mulumba, Emekuku Sub-council, March 24 “I have chosen to share with you today a reflection on the theme: ‘Knights and Ladies of the Church Ambassadors of Christ and light of the world.’ “The choice of this theme…

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Feast of St. Patrick comes alive at St. John’s Umunahu Uratta

Frs: Nnajiemere (R) Obinna (L) with the Archdiocesan Lay Readers Exco members and newly induced parish members

  For worshippers of the newly created St. John’s Catholic Parish Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA, this year’s feast of St. Patrick was like no other. This was visibly noticed as the Church premises became a bee-hive for parishioners who rallied to honour the legendry Irish missionary who has taken the Secondary Patron Saint of Nigeria as a testament to his missionary efforts in the country.   The day was Saturday March 17 and the event which began with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Kizito Obinna, Archdiocesan Chaplain of Lay Readers Association and assisted by the Parish Priest,…

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