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July 16, 2018

St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri celebrates Father’s Day in grand style

Prince Mbata receiving the award from Msgr Akagha

…Honours IMSU Pro-Chancellor, others Activities marking this year’s Father’s Day of St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri were rounded off on Sunday May 6 with a thanksgiving Mass and conferment of awards to some deserving parishioners and friends of the parish. The three day event began on Friday May 4, with a spiritual talk: “A Christian Father; A call to lead God’s family,” presented by Mr. Emeka Ntamere. The lecture was well attended by CMO members. The next day, Saturday May 5, witnessed an interesting football match between St. Mark’s CMO and their Holy Trinity Parish World Bank counterpart. The…

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St Michael’s CMO Ihiagwa celebrates Fathers’ Day

Members of the Catholic Men Organization pose after Mass

– Fr Opurum charges fathers to be Ambassadors of Christ – CMO confers ‘Ezinna’ awards on parishioners The 2018 Fathers’ Day was celebrated with glamour by members of the Catholic Men’s Organiztion (CMO) of St Michael’s Parish Ihiagwa in Owerri West LGA. Activities for this year’s fathers’ Day kicked off with a two-day retreat organized for the men by the CMO on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May, 2018. It was preached by Rev. Fr. Philip Ojimanu. The fathers still in the mood of celebration had a novelty football match between St. Matthew and St Peter groups of the CMO….

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Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji celebrates Father’s Day

Rev. Fr. Prof. Izum Onyeocha blessing Christian fathers during the offertory procession

– Honours 24 for outstanding role Christ’s faithful at the Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji Owerri, last Sunday May 6, joined other Catholics throughout Nigeria to celebrate this year’s Father’s Day. The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the church facilitated the celebration during which a total of 24 parishioners were honoured with various titles for outstanding efforts towards the growth of the parish. Five received the Award of Golden Father in Christ, four got the CMO Couple of the year, and 11 Worthy Father in Christ. One person was honoured as the Golden Mother in Christ while another got…

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Candle dims as Lolo Loveth Ohajunwa goes home

Late Lolo Loveth Ohajunwa

  The earthly remains of Lolo Loveth Chioma Ohajunwa were laid to rest at her Umudimagu – Umuakagu Nsu abode, Ehime L.G A after a funeral Mass celebrated by Rev .Fr Anyanwu Oscar at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, on Friday April 27th 2018. Fr. Anyanwu concelebrated the Eucharist with Rev. Frs. Charles Ikwuegbu, Parish Priest, Holy Trinity Parish, World-Bank Housing Estate, Owerri, Innocent Anyanwu, Emmanuel Nwosu and Maurice Jiwike. In his homily, Fr. Ikwuegbu remarked that it is a thing of joy in heaven when a godly man or woman passes on, answering the supreme call of God….

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Mt. Carmel Emekuku marks CMO Day

Cutting of the feast cake by CMO president, supported by Fr. Nwanekwu and other CMO and CWO exco members

Make your role as Christian father lovely – Fr. Nwanekwu The centenary parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Emekuku was agog last Sunday with celebration as members of Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the parish joined their counterparts all over Nigeria to mark this year’s Father’s Day celebration. The fathers who thronged out in their numbers, dressed in their religious uniform and beaming with excitement could be seen playing various roles during the Eucharistic celebration that began the event. Delivering a homily in the Eucharistic celebration to mark the day, Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu who assisted the Parish Priest,…

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2018 CMO Day at St. John’s Parish Umunahu

Fr. B. Nnajiemere (Parish Priest) flanked by D. Nnadi, CMO President (R) Mr. C. Nze, Catechist (L) and other CMO exco members.

  …Fr Nnajiemere harps on truthfulness, uprightness   In line with the Church’s liturgical calendar to commemorate hallowed men and women whose lives and times contributed in shaping the Christian faith, members of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), St. John’s Catholic Parish Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA joyfully joined their counterparts across the country in marking this year’s Feast of their Patron, Saint Joseph. The feast which came up last Sunday and celebrated in the newly elevated parish as maiden edition was kick-started with a Eucharistic celebration presided by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere. While delivering homily at…

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CMO Day at St. Michael’s Amakohia: Fathers told to represent Christ, even in politics

2018 CMO Day at St Michael Parish Amakohia

  As politics tops discussions in the country in view of the next general election which is already at the corner, Christian fathers have been called upon to retrieve from the jaws of impunity the image of Nigeria’s politics by bringing their Christian faith to bear. This was even as they were told to engage in active politics so as to effect changes to the present-day political narrative of the country. Vicar General, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole dropped the hints at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Amakohia, Uratta Owerri North LGA when members of the Catholic…

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Ebonyi govt executes major projects for Anglican Cathedral

The Anglican Bishop with Government officials during the flag off ceremony

  …Flags off road construction, asphalting of compounds, mounting of streetlights Anglican faithful in the Diocese of Abakaliki, especially those worshipping at All Saints’ Cathedral, Abakaliki, were literally wrapped in an envelope of joy and excitement recently following the flag off for the reconstruction of the road that leads to the cathedral by the Ebonyi State Government. Also to be constructed is the compound of the cathedral, which, according to the government, would be asphalted and mounted with solar-powered streetlights starting from the beginning of the new road to the church compound. Before then, the about 135-metre road that leads…

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Work begins at Sacred Heart Church Umunomo Ihitteafoukwu

Ground breaking ceremony of Sacred Heart Catholic Church building Umunomo Ihitteafoukwu

  The ground breaking ceremony of Sacred Heart Catholic Church building, Umunomo Ihitteaforukwu, Ahiara Diocese was held recently, with blessing of the site conducted by Rev. Fr. Isaac Njoku, Parish Priest of St. Charles Catholic Church Ogbor Ihitteaforukwu. The Chairman of the Building Committee, Chief Stanley Okeafor, senior lecturer Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, told The Leader that the station church will help bring place of worship nearer to Umunomo Catholic faithful. Chief Okeafor extolled the natives for their compassion and dogged determination to build a befitting place of worship. He eulogized Rev. Fr. Isaac Njoku for ensuring…

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Sir Celestine & Lady Esther Ibe celebrate 25yrs of marriage

Sir & Lady Celestine Ibe inspecting a Guard of Honour mounted by knights and ladies

  It was celebration galore, Saturday April 28 at Amaimo in the Ikeduru LGA, when the cream of the community, well wishers and friends from far and near converged to share in the joy of Sir Celestine Ejike Ibe and Lady Esther Chiawuotu, who were celebrating 25 years of their marriage. Rev. Fr. (Prof) John Obilor the Spiritual Adviser of St. Michael Commandery 539 Akabo, Knights of St. John International to which the couple belongs, who presided at the Holy Mass to mark the occasion, concelebrated with over 15 other priests. Venue was St. Columba Catholic Parish Amaimo. Preaching the…

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UPP blasts Okigwe traditional rulers for endorsing Buhari

… Condemns attack on Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader The United Progressive Party (UPP) has condemned in very strong terms, the recent statement endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for second term, by traditional rulers of Okigwe Zone. The party reminded such natural rulers and custodians of the people’s culture, norms and tradition, that they are expected to be neutral in politics. UPP’s great concern and embarrassment over the purported endorsement of Muhammadu Buhari for a second term by Okigwe Traditional rulers were contained in a release signed by the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Chris Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa). “We are pained…

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Vivian Uzodinma weds Dr. Christian Iwuagwu

Dr & Mrs Christian Iwuagwu with the concelebrants and relatives

  Rev. Fr. Polycarp Ibekwe celebrated the Eucharist at the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between Vivian Odochi Uzodinma and Dr. Christian Onyedikachi Iwuagwu at St. Finbarrs Catholic Church Umuahia Abia State on Saturday April 14. Fr. Ibekwe concelebrated with an avalanche of 30 clerics including: Rev. Frs: Charles Abiamiri, Francis Inweregbu, Innocent Nwarm, Albert Umali, Emmanuel Okoro, Vincent Chimezie, Francis Umeh, Godwin Ubah, Samuel Okereke, Anokwuru Ude, Jude Okafor, Vitalis Onyeama, Emmanuel Okafor, Goodluck Ajaero, Damian Okoye, James Egeonu, Joseph Njoku, Jude Nnoruya, Augustin Arudi, Gabriel Nwaweihe, Clinton Okonkwo, Edwin Nwafor, Innocent Ekegwu, Nicholas Okafor, Christian Okoro, Chukwujike Emmanuel…

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CHRIST THE KING SECONDARY SCHOOL, OBIKE COMMISSIONS ULTRA MODERN I.C.T CENTRE

Displaying the systems at the ICT Centre

  History was made in the annals of Christ the King Secondary School, Obike, Ngor-Okpala on Thursday March 15, 2018 with the official opening of her ultra-modern I.C.T. centre. The E-Library was commissioned by Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba, Director of the Owerri Archdiocesan Education Commission on behalf of the Archbishop, His Grace, Most. Rev. Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna and Chief. Mrs. Theresa Okonkwo, the Chairperson of the Education Commission. In his speech, Fr. Eleba lauded the dogged efforts of the Principal of the school, Rev. Fr. Dr. Chikwendu Paschal Kizito Anyanwu and his staff for establishing a befitting I.C.T. centre…

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World Communications Day Holds Sunday May 13

  The annual World Communications Day comes up on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The theme for this year is, “The truth will set you free (John 8:32): Fake news and Journalism for peace”. His holiness Pope Francis sends this message to the entire Universal Church of Christ, beckoning on all Christians to stand on the truth always and everywhere. A press release signed by Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu, Director of Communications/Media, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, said Christian media workers in associations with the Imo State government will celebrate the Day in a grand style. The ceremony begins with a concelebrated…

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Bishop Ukwuoma inaugurates St. Stephen’s Parish Urualla

Bishop Ukwuoma inaugurates St Stephen Parish Urualla

  …Commends Fr. Chigere for hard work History was made on Thursday, April 19, 2018 as parishioners, priests, religious and well wishers gathered to witness the inauguration of St. Stephen Catholic Parish Urualla. The event began with a holy Mass presided over by the Local Ordinary of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma. In a homily during the Eucharistic celebration, he said that church is a light that directs our lifestyle and also brings development to the society. The bishop noted that the creation of more parishes is to facilitate pastoral visit as well as for people to come close…

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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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