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May 27, 2018

Anambra Governor Dedicates Victory to Blessed Iwene Tansi   

  … As Bishop Warns Against Disarming Vigilante Groups in S’East Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has attributed his victory in the November 18, 2017 election to the miracle of the Blessed Father Iwene Tansi and called on Vatican to beatify the late Tansi as a Saint. Obiano said his winning in all the 21 LGAs in Anambra was Tansi’s miracle hence, Vatican should not wait for another miracle to beatify Blessed Tansi. He said no such record has taken place in the history of the state. He said this during a thanksgiving Mass for the inauguration of his…

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St Mary’s Agbala marks St Patrick’s Day with joy

St Mary's Agbala marks St Patrick's Day

  Saturday March 17 was marked as the Feast Day of St. Patrick, Second Patron Saint of Nigeria and among the parishes in Owerri Archdiocese that added elaborate colour to the feast was St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Agbala, Owerri North LGA.   This was so as the event attracted lots of activities and priests, seminarians, pupils of St. Mary’s Nursery/Primary School, Central School Agbala, pupils of River Basin Primary School, parishioners as well as non parishioners  were in attendance.   Delivering the homily in a Eucharistic celebration that heralded the feast, Rev. Fr. Josephat Umeh harped on the significance of…

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St Patrick Umuezeala Owerre elevates Nze Christophre Iwuanyawu as Ezinna

St Patrick Umuezeala Owerre elevates Nze Christophre Iwuanyawu as Ezinna

  Nze Christopher Iwuanyanwu was among the select few bestowed with Ezinna award at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Umuezeala Owerre, Ehime-Mbano LGA on Sunday February 25, 2018. The Leader spoke with Nze Jude Iwuanyanwu, one of the sons of the Ezinna Awardee on the implication of the Ezinna status and what it portends to him and their family. According to him, over the years, his father has worked devotedly and assiduously as a Church Warden who took his religious services seriously. He observed that his father is very strict about attendance of members of his household to Mass on Sundays….

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FUTO Celebrates 2018 Int’l Women’s Day

  …Condemns violence against women The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS), Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) in collaboration with Federal University of Technology Owerri Women Association (FUTOWA), celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with the theme – “Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activits Transforming Women’s Lives.”Activities marking the event took place at the Hall of Excellence, FUTO, March 14, 2018. Declaring the event open, the Chairman of the occasion and Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Prof Francis Chukwuemeka Eze stated that over the years women in the university community have continued to mount programmes and activities that…

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Ahiara Diocese: Bishop Ugorji calls for healing, renewal

Bishop Lucius Ugorji calls for revival on Ahiara Diocese

  …As mammoth crowds welcome him Christ’s faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, have been called upon to embrace healing and renewal, as the way to put behind them the ugly experience of the Diocese in the recent past. It is only through a new communion and friendship within the church, as a family of God, that past animosities and misunderstandings over the appointment of a successor to their pioneer bishop, Late Most Rev Victor Chikwe, which have rocked the diocese for several years now, can be overcome. His Lordship, Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the new Apostolic Administrator…

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Mrs. Martina Anyanwu joins Saints Triumphant

Mrs. Martina Anyanwu joins Saints Triumphant

  Bishop Solomon Amamchukwu Amatu, the Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist at the funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of late Mrs. Martina Chinyere Anyanwu at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Umuezeala – Owerre, Ehime-Mbano LGA, Imo State, on Saturday 3rd March 2018.   Bishop Amatu concelebrated the requiem Mass with very Rev. Joseph Nwoha, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Chukwu Finbarr, curate, Rev. Bartholomew Okorie, Rev. Fr. Vitalis Ekemiri and Rev. Fr. Joseph Anyanwu, who came from Lagos Archdiocese. In his homily, Bishop Amatu felicitated with the concelebrants, the religious, the bereaved family and the congregation….

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KSJI District 8 Holds 2018 Muster/ Grand Inspection

KSJI District 8 Holds 2018 Muster/ Grand Inspection

  District 8 of the Owerri Grand Commandery of knights of St John International (KSJI) and their Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) Saturday February 4, held this year’s District Muster and Grand Inspection.   The venue was the KSJI complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. It was attended by the seven local commanderies that make up the District 8 of Owerri namely: Holy Cross Commandery 422 Owerri, St. Michael’s Commandery 539 Akabo, Holy Family Commandery 560, Izombe and Assumpta Commandery 655 Aladinma. The rest are: St. Benedict Commandery 777 Uratta, Comandery St. Gregory 778 Onyeaghalanwanneya and St. Michael Commandery 824 Atta….

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KSJI St Charles Borromeo Commandery 565 elects new officers

KSJI St Charles Borromeo Commandery 565 elects new officers

  New Officers to run the affairs of the Holy Order of the Knights of St. John’s International, St. Charles Borromeo Commandery 565, Ehime Mbano has unanimously elected Lt. Basil Iwuanyanwu (JP) as Worthy President at the helm of affairs among other elected Executives for the next four years. Bro Basil Iwuanyanwu was elected President of the Commandery unanimously unopposed as there was no contestant against him for the plum position. It was remarkable that all other executive positions in the Commandery were keenly contested for. Among the elected Officers included; Bro. Anthony Nnorom (1 Vice President), Bro Evaristus Njoku…

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Owerri Archdiocese gets new Pastoral Council Executive

Owerri Archdiocese gets new Pastoral Council Executive

  … New JDPC Director The Most Rev Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has announced the appointment of new Archdiocesan Pastoral executive. Archbishop Obinna unveiled the new exco during the Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council meeting held at Obiri-Odenigbo, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Extension, March 10. The four new Archdiocesan officials are: Barr. Anthony U. Emeana, Chairman, Engr. Cyprian Eke, Vice-Chairman, Dr. Mike Nwachukwu, Secretary, and Mrs. Ngozi Stella Nwaneri, Assistant Secretary. Archbishop Obinna, who is the President of the Council, described the new appointees as “respectable persons who have already been serving God and the church in various offices prior…

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Prof Protus Uzorma rallies support for Imo Pensioners

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday.

  All roads led to the Nigeria Union of Pensioners Office in Owerri Imo State March 5, 2018, as Prof Protus Nathan Uzoma celebrated his birthday with Imo senior citizens. It was a gathering of who is who in the society including governorship aspirants, priests, academics, traditional rulers, nollywood stars and the pensioners. Rev Fr. Prof John Obilor of the Imo State University Owerri, who stood in for the chairman of the occasion Prof Aloysius U. Awuzie thanked God for the lives of all present especially that of the celebrant Prof Uzorma. He prayed God to grant him many more…

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Imozurukwuo pays sodality visit to Archbishop Obinna

  – Talks tough about 2019 Imozurukwuo, a socio-cultural pressure group comprising seasoned technocrats, academics, professionals and politicians, visited His Grace Most Rev. Anthony A.J.V. Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Owerri penultimate Saturday to appreciate him for being vocal and courageously standing firm on the side of truth and the oppressed masses at a time many of those expected to speak out against bad governance in the state have suspiciously kept quiet. Speaking at the occasion, the President General of the group, Barrister George Eke expressed satisfaction that the bishop has consistently refused to be cowed or compromised. “We, as a…

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Archbishop Obinna Inaugurates Assumpta Parish Council

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and Parish Priest Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday, Feb. 24, inaugurated the Parish Pastoral Council. Speaking during the inauguration, Archbishop Obinna said because of the four-year tenure regime the new Parish Council will be the last he will appoint before his retirement. Catholic Bishops are expected to retire at the age of 75. Archbishop Obinna will be 72 this year. He therefore charged the councilors to show commitment in their various posts and co-operate with the Administrator who represents him in the Pastoral administration of the parish. Turning to…

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Fr. Ethelbert Iwu laid to rest

Cross section of Late Fr. Iwu family at the funeral

…As Bishop Amatu, Ochiagha, commiserate with family Tears flowed uncontrollably as the mortal body of Very Rev. Fr. Ethelbert Ifeanyi Iwu who died in the USA, at the age of 53 was committed to mother earth at the Diocesan priests cemetery Okigwe. The interment was preceded by a requiem Mass at which Bishop S.A. Amatu of Okigwe Diocese and Bishop G.O. Ochiagha (Emeritus Orlu) officiated, assisted by no fewer than 500 other priests from Nigeria and the diaspora. Preaching the homily, Rev. Fr. Ignatius Nwoha recalled the life and times of Late Fr. Ethelbert Iwu as a priest. He described…

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Christians must be ready to sacrifice treasure to God – Fr Nwoha

Standing: 3rd from left: Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha flanked by the celebrants with home members of the organizing committee.

  …As St. Patrick’s Umuezeala Owerre confers Ezinna Awards to parishioners Very Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha, Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Umuezeala -Owerre, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday 25th February 2018, heralding the elevation of distinguished parishioners to Ezinna status (Good Fathers). He concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Finbarr Chukwu Tochukwu, Rev. Fr. Ignatius A. Eneche, Rev. Fr. Paul C. Nwagwu and Rev. Fr. Okwy Jude Ugwu. In his homily, Fr. Nwoha observed that the greatest gift to man from God is the gift of life. He posited that the selection and elevation of Ezinna…

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Don’t take devil for granted – Bishop Amatu warns

Don't take devil for granted – Bishop Amatu warns

  …As KSM Okigwe Diocese fetes Papal Awardees Knights and Ladies of the Order of St Mulumba Okigwe Diocesan Council recently converged on the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception podium Okigwe for thanksgiving Mass and reception in honour of their members recently elevated by Pope Francis to the prestigious Orders of the Knights of St. Gregory the Great, KSG, Knights of St Sylvester (KSS); Ladies (Dames) of KSS, Benemerenti Medalists and also KSM Chaplains raised to Papal Chamberlain. Most Rev S.A. Amatu presided at the Mass. Admonishing the knights and ladies, the prelate enjoined them to persevere in faith and holiness,…

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Include Security Education in school curriculum – Adekunle�

Rev Fr. Major Cletus Obidike (Chaplaincy Chaplain 2nd line, Fr. Samuel Agu and Fr. Oliver Amaechi pose with the awardees.

…As Page Group Ends Convention Rev. Fr. (Major) Clestus Obidike, Chaplain of St. Jude’s Chaplaincy, Army Barracks Obinze, celebrated the Eucharist at the opening Mass at the National Convention of Members of the Page Group Organization held at the 32 field Artillery Brigade, Obinze on Friday 9th February 2018. In his homily, Fr Obidike admonished the members of the Page Group Organization drawn from Elele, Onitsha and Obinze Barracks and others from 30 Parishes in Okigwe Diocese to be of good conduct during their stay to avoid unpleasant consequences as their rule of engagement does not tolerate indiscipline and unguided…

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Maco Feeds provides free poultry management training for Okigwe Zone

A cross section of the organizers and participants during the training

  The Ihitte/Uboma Local Govt Council Headquarters Isinweke turned a beehive of activities, 19th and 20th February. 2018 as it received its fair share of the free poultry Management Training (PMT) Programme for Okigwe zone organized by Maco Feeds Company with the view to alleviating rural poverty, enhancing the income scope of the working class, providing meaningful means of livelihood for the unemployed, and providing soft-landing for the retirees. The free programme drew a large crowd of enthusiastic trainees from among the council work force, indigenes of the Local Government Area, contiguous communities, private sector operatives etc. Declaring the workshop…

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Life is man’s greatest gift from God – Fr. Nwoha

Ezinna Award

  As Chief Nickolas Nkume bags Ezinna Award Very Rev. -Fr. Joe Nwaoha, Parish Priest, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuezeala Owerre, Ehime Mbano L.G.A, Imo State, has observed that the greatest gift of God to man is the unique gift of life. Fr. Nwoha spoke during the celebration of the Eucharist heralding the conferment of Ezinna Award to some parishioners recently. Ezinna, Chief Nocholas Ezeigbo Nkume, the Chief Medical Director of “Nkume Bone Healing Clinic” Umuopara Umuezeala, Ehime Mbano LGA, a professional traditional Orthopedic specialist, was the former State Chairman, National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) from 2009…

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Claret Academy wins Sir James Foundation prize for Chemistry�

  Master Okoko Chimere Princewill of Claret Secondary School New Owerri has won this year’s Sir James Foundation award for excellence in Chemistry. The award is for the best SS3 Chemistry student in Catholic schools in Owerri Archdiocese. The test was part of the activities marking this year’s Catholic Education Week of Owerri Archdiocese. The runners up that received consolation prizes were, Ifeanyi Wisdom of Holy Ghost College Owerri and Igbokwe Chiedozie of Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku. The only girl Ibegbulam Emmanuella from Claret Academy Nekede that passed the exam was given a special token. Lady Pep. M….

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Hon Igbokwe flags off construction of Obodo Ahiara Civic Centre

Hon Nnanna Igbokwe flanked by HRH Eze GeofferyAnyanwo

Promises quick completion of Project Joy was on the faces of natives and leaders of Obodo Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA as Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe, Federal House of Representatives member laid the foundation of an Ultra Modern Civic Centre at Orie Ahiara Ofo Iri recently. The event began with a courtesy visit by Hon. Igbokwe and his entourage to the palace of His Royal Highness, Eze Geoffrey Anyanwu, Onugotu I, Obodo Ahiara Autonomous Community. Among the personalities present at the event included: Sir L.N. Okorie, Nze Peter Akonye, Chief Emmanuel Njoku, Chief Henry Ohajianya, Dr Shia Azu Okorie (former chairman Ahiazu…

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