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July 16, 2018

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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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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