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July 16, 2018

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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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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