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May 27, 2018

Valentine /Ash Wednesday is a Godincidence not a Coincidence – Archbishop Obinna

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has explained that this year’s feast of St Valentine and Ash Wednesday occurring the same day is a special Godincidence rather than a coincidence because all times all events that touch humans have their remote and proximate genesis in God. Speaking in an interview with THE LEADER, Thursday, Archbishop Obinna talked about the simultaneous celebration of Ash Wednesday and St Valentine Day, and the relationship between the two. “So deep down I have seen the connection between Ash Wednesday and St Valentine day, because St Valentine himself was not only…

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Umuonyia wins Thaddeus Nwaigwe memorial tournament

  Spank Umuoparalum 3-1 Curtain was drawn to the 2017 edition of Sir Thaddeus Nwaigwe Memorial Football Championship played among the four kindreds in the community which included Umuihim, Umuoparalum, Umudibia and Umuonyia respectively under the aegis of Chief Eddy Njoku recently with an excruciating and thrilling grand finale played at National Primary School Field Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. The finals of the tournament marking the 11th edition of the championship played between Umuonyia and Umuoparalum teams saw the gangling Umuonyia team mesmerized the spectators with skillful display of football artistry, accurate passes and ball control which could have paid…

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St. Theresa’s Umunakanu, Ehime Mbano honours distinguished parishioners

  Rev. Frs. Mike Ebo and. Louis Uwaezuoke, Curate, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Umunakanu Owerre, Ehime Mbano LGA, celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday January 21, 2018 heralding the conferment of award of honour to four distinguished parishioners who worked assiduously and tirelessly towards the construction and dedication of the Church a few years ago. The select four who were honoured include: High Chief Richard Egbule (Obanzeakoji), Chairman National Salaries and Wages Commission and Chief Basil Iwuaayanwu (Onwa) were honoured as “Icon of faith” and Engr. Paschal and Lady Catherine Ibekwe recognized as “Couple of the Year”. In his homily, Fr. Uwaezuoke…

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Fr. Julius Anuonye celebrates Silver Jubilee

Fr Julius Anuonye celebrates Silver jubilee

  For Rev. Fr. Dr. Julius Anuonye, there is a lot to thank God for all His mercies and blessings to him all these years. This conviction manifested the silver jubilee celebration of his Priestly Ordination and the presentation of the book, “Tips for Living Longer,” authored by him. The ceremony took place at St. Columba’s Catholic Church, Amaimo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State on Sunday, the 8th October, 2017. The Holy Mass was presided over by the jubilarian, flanked by dozens of priests who included: the Vicar General of Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus…

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Archbishop Obinna visits St JohnBosco Owu Amakohia

Archbishop Obinna and Fr Ekwerike with a cross section of the newly confirmed candidates

  …Preaches unity of purpose In his continued evangelization of deepening the faith, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has called the people of Owu in Amakohia Ikeduru LGA to saddle themselves with things that could unite them as a people and not what would disintegrate their community. “Peaceful co-existence among community members is a veritable ingredient for meaningful development,” the Archbishop stated, maintaining that Christians should as a matter of principle utilize always the Christian ethos of sacrifice, mutual understanding, and self-denial for peace and progress to reign. Archbishop Obinna was preaching during his pastoral…

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KSJI 422 installs new executive

  A 10-man executive, to run the affairs of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) Holy Cross Commandery 422 Owerri, has been installed. The colourful ceremony, which took place at the KSJI Hall behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Saturday January 20, 2017 was conducted by a team of officers, from the Owerri Grand Commandery, led by the Immediate Past Grand President, Brig-Gen Prof. Ezekiel Ihionu on behalf of the Grand President Brig-Gen Anthony Enukeme. It would be recalled that the new officers were elected during the last Regular Meeting in December 2017. They are: Major Fabian Osuji – Worthy…

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Owerri KSJI District 8 elects new officers

  District 8 of the Owerri Grand Commandery, Knights of St. John International (KSJI) has elected a seven-member executive to run its affairs. The District comprises seven local commanderies, namely – Holy cross 422 Owerri, St. Michael 539 Akabo, Holy Family 560 Izombe and Assumpta 655 Aladinma. The rest are 777 Uratta, 778 Onyeaghalanwanneya, and 824 Atta. A total of 38 delegates were accredited to vote in the election. Major Fidelis Akuchie was elected District Commander. He succeeds Col Remy Uche who is now the Grand First Vice President Noble Brother Cele Ozuzu, the Chavelir Grand Master, cast the unanimous…

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Bishop Ukwuoma visits Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu

Bishop Ukwuoma flanked by the Administrator of the Cathedral Fr Patrick Osekwu and others with the newly confirmed candidates shortly after Mass

  …Tasks children on moral life The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma has advised children and youths to imbibe the good morals which they are thought in the Church, School and their family to succeed in their life endeavours. The Most Reverend Ukwuoma gave the admonition while delivering a homily at a two-day pastoral visit to Holy Trinity Cathedral from 20th to 21th January 2018. The prelate cautioned children and youths against illicit drugs, which are capable of causing health challenges in their body system. The bishop while reflecting on the day’s readings said that everyone is…

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KSM Nsu Sub Council gives succor to widows, orphans, others

Nsu Sub-Council of KSM with the beneficiaries, Chief & Lady Longinus Onyenagubor, the host and the religious

  Nsu Sub Council of the Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba led by Bro. Bernard Ohakwe, Grand Knight, began 2018 with display of practical expression of the corporal works of mercy as enjoined in the scriptures Matt. 25vs 35-36 which says “I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your home, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me”; as they gave succor to the orphans, widows, the indigent members of the society,…

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2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

  Prayer for “credible, less-greedy political candidates for good governance and people-caring services in view of the 2019 general elections,” was among 10 special intentions, Catholics in Owerri Archdiocese put before God during a Rosary Procession and Holy Mass held at the Eucharistic Congress Podium, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Extension, January 19, 2018. Other intentions are: – Peaceful, non-violent politicking among politicians and the electorate in this 2018 transition year to the year 2019. – More honest worship of God in spirit, truth and justice, in Church, Government, business and society at large; with rejection and renunciation of idolatrous practices and…

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St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte: Bishop Amatu admits 110 Junior Seminarians

St Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte - Bishop Amatu admits 110 Junior Seminarians

  No fewer than 110 (one hundred and ten) fresh seminarians were formally admitted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte/Uboma for the 2017/18 academic year, as Bishop S.A. Amatu accepted their pledge and handed them their school uniforms during an impressive investiture ceremony held 15th December 2017 at the seminary compound. At the Holy Mass of their investiture, Most Rev. Amatu admonished the students in very clear terms that the truth is the only gateway to a successful vocation. The Bishop acknowledged the appreciable growth in the seminary as he declared, “This year is obviously better than last year.”…

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Juliet Ewurum weds John Ihentuge

Juliet Ewurum weds John Ihentuge

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has emphasized the importance of love and prayer in marriage. The Archbishop gave his injunction on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 while preaching the homily at the wedding Mass of Mr. John Kanayochukwu Ihentuge from Umuonyeali Mbieri and Miss Juliet Ijeoma Ewurum from Amauburu Ubomiri, at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. According to His Grace, Marriage demands prayer and love from each partner in order to create a peaceful home. This can only be possible if love is the bedrock of such a union just as Juliet Ijeoma proved it to John today….

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Thousands bid Hon Vena Nzeoma farewell

The body of Hon. Chief Venatius Nzeoma KSJI was laid to rest in his compound after a concelebrated Requiem Mass at Chukwunyere Catholic Parish Mmahu Egbema, January 19. The Mass was presided over by Very Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, parish priest, St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri. He was assisted by 17 priests including Frs. Mark Njoku, Jude Onyeakazi, Moses Anuna (parish priest), Paschal Onyeneke, Ben Onukwufor, Eze Obioma etc. Fr. Anuna in his homily commended the life of Nzeoma and called on Christians to be ready at all time as nobody knows the hour. The burial was attended by an unprecedented…

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KSJI Regiment one elects new executives

Col J M Alozie the new Regimental Commander holding the Gavel Symbol of authority addressing other newly elected officers

New officers to run the affairs of the First Regiment of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) have been elected. The regiment, which comprises the 12 local commanderies in Owerri and Mbaise Districts, elected Noble bro Jude Alozie as its new Regimental Commander, with the rank of Colonnel. He was elected unopposed for the position by the 24-member Electoral College, following which a unanimous vote was cast on his behalf by Major Adolphus Ekwelem. The other elected officers are: First Vice Commander, Bro Peter Ahaotu, Second Vice Commander, Bro Clinton Oguh, Adjutant, Bro (Prof.) John…

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Devotion to Mary comes with sweet memories – Archbishop Obinna

Dr & Lady Don Anyanwa, the Archbishop with the mom and two brothers at the extremes

…As St Peterclaver Ihette Okwe gets new Grotto Catholic faithful have been reassured that committed devotion to the Mother of Christ as approved by the Church remains a practice that would always leave every sincere devotee with sweet memories. This was just as they were reminded that Mother Mary is a precious vessel which leads one to Christ, and whoever may not be able to make a conscientious acknowledgement of such fact should as well count him/herself enemy of Christ. The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna revealed these feelings at St. Peterclaver Catholic Parish Ihette Okwe,…

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Mt Carmel Parish Emekuku takes bold step in jobs creation – Floats cottage industries soon

  The fruits of the recent brainstorming by illustrious sons of Emekuku Community, under the auspices of Mt Carmel Catholic Church, on ways to alleviate poverty among rural dwellers- create jobs for unemployed youths and strengthen revenue base of the Church has started to yield fruits. The meeting which took place Sunday December 31, 2017, was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass for the Emekuku clan Titled: “The Economic future of the Church”, the discussants favoured the immediate establishment of cottage industries such as: A large poultry farm, skills Acquisition Centre, a Printing Press and Business Centre. The newly elected Parish…

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Stop your draconian policies, group urges Okorocha

…As governor blasts economic team HUMAN Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), on January 13th, made an urgent appeal to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to stop his administration’s “draconian laws?’ The group said the laws are “targeted at impoverishing the people of Imo?’ The association also accused the state government of discrimination against the poor, students and unemployed by phasing out the only means of movements without bringing into effect, good and enough replacements to provide affordable transportation services to millions of residents of the !mo State capital. An appeal letter, head of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko said: ‘May we appeal to…

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Holy Family Parish Umunwoha celebrates feast day

  Parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church Umunwoha in Owerri West LGA, Imo State on Sunday 31st December, 2017 trooped out in their numbers to celebrate last year’s feast of their parish. The occasion,  was attended by a large number of disabled and sick persons from various parts of the Archdiocese.  The celebration is part of the activities slated to mark 2017 as the year of mercy. It started with a Holy Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Benedict Onukwufor, the assistant parish priest of St. Mark’s New Owerri assisted by Rev. Fr. Cosmas Onukwugha, the parish priest, Rev. Fr….

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Bishop Amatu calls for upholding  of church integrity

  Those who receive special recognitions from the church have been charged to conduct themselves well, so as to preserve the integrity of the church. Most Rev. S.A. Amatu, Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese gave the admonition as he performed the investiture of Sir Jude Chibueze Ukanyirioha (KSJI), who was recently honoured as Papal Knight of St. Sylvester (KSS) by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe, 23rd December 2017. The prelate elucidated on the modalities of selecting a papal awardee and said the few selected were mere samples of a lot more eligible candidates in…

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KSM buries Supreme Knight

Bro Myke-Mary Nwosu (KSM) is dead

  The body of the Supreme Knight, Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, Sir Myke-Mary Nwosu was laid to rest in his Uruagu Nnewi home after a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish Nnewi Monday January 8, 2018. He died on Monday Nov. 13, 2017 at the age of 73. The Mass was concelebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke with the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Ndagoso, the bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Okeke and numerous monsignori and other priests from various dioceses in Nigeria. In his…

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