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July 16, 2018

Archbishop Obinna confirms 327 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Umuagwo

  A total of 327 parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Umuagwo, Ohaji Egbema LGA, on Sunday 11th February 2018, received the sacrament of Confirmation, administered by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. The prelate who arrived the fast-growing parish the previous day  was received by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Raymond Onyekwere, his Assistant Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nnanabu, the Parish Pastoral Council, many jubilant faithful and friends of the parish. On arrival to the parish, he started with a Benediction, followed by an interactive session with the faithful. The grand finale of the…

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St Paul’s Umalum Nekede Holds Lenten Prayer Match

Cross section of parishioners at the rally

  …Remembers Fr. Dennis, others As the question of “Who killed Fr. Dennis Osuagwu” remains a puzzle yet to be unraveled after over two and half years, the Catholic Community of Umaulum Nekede, Owerri North LGA said they would not get tired in raising their voice up to God in prayers. This they carried out by organizing a prayer rally which took off from their St. Paul’s Church center through the community, Sunday evening February 18. With mobile band and public address system well positioned, the worshipping faithful who were fully clad on black matched along the Nekede main road,…

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Ezinne Matilda Nnakwe laid to rest

Ezinne Matilda Nnakwe laid to rest

  Rev. Fr. Henry Obi curate, St. Joseph Parish Umualumaku Ehime Mbano Local Government Area celebrated the Eucharist at the requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of late Ezinne Matilda  Chinagorom Nnakwe on 2′ February, 2018. He concelebrated with very Rev. Frs. Maurice Jiwike, Chibuike Okeagu, Joseph Aladejanah and Fr. Stephen Omokoba (both Priests came from Ondo Diocese). In his homily, Rev. Fr. Chibuike Okeagu postulated that death is a bitter pill for all mortals. According to him, death is no respecter of persons, age, sex, tribe, creed or religion. He made reference to the scriptures quoting Wisdom…

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Archbishop Obinna inaugurates 2018 Odenigbo Committee

…Appoints new Pastoral Council Chairman The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has inaugurated the Committee for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture. Speaking at the ceremony held at Obiri-Odenigbo (Odenigbo Pavilion), February 9, Archbishop Obinna expressed satisfaction with the progress Odenigbo lecture has made so far, especially with regards to speaking Igbo Language proudly in public gatherings. He reiterated that he conceived the idea of Odenigbo, when he was studying overseas, before he became bishop, adding that the main trust of Odenigbo was to use Igbo Language to preach the word of God to enable it…

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60 Hearty Cheers for Pa Cyril & Regina Udeh

  …As couple marks diamond marriage anniversary A thing of beauty, they say is a thing of joy forever. This is true and it’s why we’ve come to thank God for the gift of this couple. Their faith in marriage for these sixty years remains a mystery, and we have every reason to see them as living examples of marriage vow. This eulogizing phrase by Rev. Fr. Remigius Ihim, Parish Priest, St. Jude’s Catholic Church Naze, Owerri North LGA formed part of introductory words at a Eucharistic ceremony held in honor of the 60th Marriage Anniversary of Ugwunna Cyril &…

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Hon. Ibezim decries impunity, godfatherism in politics

  Former Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Frank Ibezim addressed political stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) drawn from the three local Governments of Obowo, Ihitte Uboma and Ehime Mbano that constitute Okigwe South Federal Constituency on Wednesday 7th April 2017 declaring his burning passion and ambition to represent them at the green chambers of the National Assembly come 2019. The event which took place at his Ezeoke Nsu country home, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. was graced by party leaders, stake holders, and all the Ward and LGA Chairmen. Addressing the august assembly, Hon. Ibezim posited that in 2011 when he…

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Christians should persevere like job – Fr. Dieme

    …As Dr. Nwoke gives thanks to God Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, Parish Priest St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. celebrated the Eucharist at the thanksgiving anniversary Mass for the repose of deceased Sir Longinus Nwoke (land-cruiser) on Sunday 4th February, 2018. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme dwelt on the Lamentation of Job. How he acquired wealth and raised up a good family but lost all his investments and family one after the other. He gave thanks to God for the gift of Job whose life and peculiarities calls for understanding that all that glitters…

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Archbishop Obinna ordains 11 Deacons

Newly ordained deacons

  The city of Owerri, the state capital of Imo and its environs felt the shout of joy and jubilation that resonated from Assumpta Cathedral on February 10, 2018 as Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna raised 11 seminarians to the order of deacons. The shout of joy reached its climax at 11.50am when the Archbishop concluded the prayer of consecration into the Order of Deacons over the ordinands. The ordination Mass which was presided over by His Grace Anthony J.V. Obinna was attended by a great number of priests, religious and lay faithful who used the occasion to congratulate their brothers…

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Valentine’s Day at Annunciation Parish Umuguma

Annunciation Celebrate St. Valentine's Day

…Parishioners told to make friend with Christ This year’s Feast of St. Valentine which coincided with the Liturgical Day of Ash Wednesday has come and gone but the Catholic faithful of Annunciation Parish Umuguma Housing Estate New Owerri have continued to relish the spiritual benefits their parish attracted on the day.This however was no surprise as this reporter witnessed part of the event. Turning out for the evening program in their huge numbers after participating at the Ash-ritual Eucharistic celebration earlier in the day, the parishioners who were all decked in red outfit ensured that the Stations of the Cross…

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Anwukah, Dozie to participate Owerri Education Week

Anwukah hospitalized in US

  Activities marking this year’s Education Week in Owerri Archdiocese kick off today, Sunday February 11, with Mass in all parishes in the Archdiocese. The theme for this year is: “Promoting Excellence in Education and Fighting Corruption in Imo Schools (Mission, Private, State).” A Press Release issued by the Archdiocesan Education Commission said Mr. Paschal Dozie will be the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education will give the keynote address while Archbishop Anthony Obinna will deliver presidential address. The major highpoints of the Week include, Open Forum on Feb. 13 at Obiri-Odenigbo @ 10am…

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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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