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May 27, 2018

Our Lady of Mount Carmel College Emekuku celebrates 75th anniversary

  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Girls College Emekuku rolled out the drums in celebration of its Super Diamond Jubilee (75 years) on November 18, 2017. The historic event took place in the school premises. The occasion began with a Holy Mass officiated by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Anthony J V. Obinna, assisted by the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Emekuku; Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro, the Chaplain of the School, Rev Fr Eustace Nwanekwu and the Director of Education Commission, Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba. The celebration…

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Royal Fathers urged to pray for wisdom …As Eze Innocent Onuoha clocks five on the throne

Royal Fathers urged to pray for wisdom

  It was with pomp and pageantry that His Royal Highness, Eze Innocent Ukachukwu Onuoha, Ikpe I of Ikpenwafor Autonomous Community, Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State marked his five years on the throne as the first traditional Ruler of the Community on Saturday 18th November, 2017. A church service presided by Ven. Charles Akaniro preceding the celebration was held at St. Simon’s Anglican Church, Ikperejere. He was assisted in the service by Rev. Herbert Nwosu, Rev. Ohakanma Philip and others. In his sermon, Venerable Charles Akaniro prayed God to grant peace to the community, good health to…

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Humility in Exaltation – the Emeakaroha Example

As family celebrates thanksgiving Mass for several merit Awards Relatives, colleagues, friends and well-wishers of the Emeakaroha Dynasty, from far and near converged on St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Umunohu – Amakohia Ihitte/Uboma LGA Imo State, Sunday 29th October 2017 to chant the chorus ‘… and take me as I am..” in a concelebrated Eucharist sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for many favours. The principal celebrant was the host parish priest and Vicar-General I of Okigwe Diocese Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, assisted by Rev. Frs. Anthony Onyeihe and Donatus Iwu, among others.     Most recent favours listed at…

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Assumpta Parish begins Christmas Retreat Monday

  A three-day Christmas Retreat begins tomorrow Monday, December 11 at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. It will end on Wednesday, December 13. The theme is Preparing Spiritually for Christmas: “Watch, Pray and Wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” A Press Release issued by the Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere said the Retreat begins each day with Rosary (3.30pm), Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (4pm), Penitential Service and Confession of sins (6pm) and end with Holy Mass and blessing (7pm). Spiritual talks will be given by Rev. Frs. Magnus Ajoku, Justin Adiele and Nnaemeka Njezi. The…

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Ezinne Anna Ihenacho joins Saints triumphant

Ezinne Anna Ihenacho joins saints triumphant

  Church, divine hospital – Archbishop Obinna The mortal remains of Ezinne Anna Eringaonyeuba Ihenacho, who passed on to the great beyond recently at the age of 86 years, have been committed to mother earth. The high profile burial which attracted dignitaries from various parts of the country and beyond, took place at the Ihenacho Family compound at Ezeogba Emekuku in the Owerri North LGA. She was the mother of Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the 2015 general elections. The interment was preceded by a requiem Mass at which the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri,…

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Fr. Valentine Njoku – Seeking the face of Christ through the poor …Honoured thrice

Fr Valentine Njoku – Seeking the face of Christ through the poor

    When Rev. Fr. Valentine Ogechukwu Njoku began to hop from prison to prison, orphanage to orphanage, giving succor to the inmates as much as he could afford, meandering and genuflecting through homes of people living with disability, distributing wheel-chairs and sundry walking aids, sharing food and clothing materials among dejected, eking-out financial assistance to the downtrodden who hunger to start small scale businesses of their own and so on many felt it was a mere spasm of evangelical overzeal of a young priest that would peter-out someday. But that was not to be.     The priest acted…

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Christ the King: Inculturation in action at Mt Carmel Emekuku

Christ the King 2017 at Mount Carmel Emekuku

  Parishioners of Mt. Carmel Church Emekuku in the Owerri North L.G.A., last Sunday, joined other Catholics across Nigeria to celebrate this year’s Feast of Christ the King of the Universe. The climax of the celebration was the procession by Christ’s faithful immediately after the Mass from the Mother Church premises a long the major road, terminating at the Emekuku High School, singing, dancing and hailing Jesus Christ as King. The Cross bearer led the procession, followed by young children, Primary School pupils and Students, followed by members of the Mary League, Catholic Youths and Christian Mothers. Behind came the…

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Imo Guber: Students join clamour for Owerri zone

Imo Guber Students join clamour for Owerri zone

  … Parley Chief Oweaya on the way forward The leadership of Owerri students in tertiary institutions drawn from the three Local governments areas that constitute Owerri Federal Constituency held an interactive session with Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam on Tuesday 28th November 2017, during which they brainstormed on how to realize their burning passion for a governor of Owerri zone extraction come 2019 general elections. Addressing the students, Chief Oweaya (Ideji Umu Owerri) eulogized them for being proactive and politically conscious of the “Egbu Declaration” which is the outcome of the summit of Owerri leaders resolving to produce the next…

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CYON St Mary’s Obibiezena ends Youth Week in style

  …Honours Frs Henry Opara, Emma Unachukwu, others It was really an atmosphere of euphoria, overwhelming ecstasy and spirited youthful exuberance on Sunday November 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena, Owerri North when members of the parish youth ended their 2017 Youth Week activities with a Holy Mass presided by the Episcopal Vicar of zone XI and Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian 0. Igbokwe. His Assistant Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Unachukwu, the Parish Youth Chaplain who with others selected few personalities honoured at the event joined the parish priest at the Mass. The grand finale of the week-long event…

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UNICEF, NOA carry campaign against female circumcision to Ngor-Okpala

  A consensus building meeting with the Presidents General and women leaders in Ngor-Okpala has ended at Umuneke-Ngor, headquarters of the local government, on Tuesday, November 21. The one-day sensitization forum addressed incidents of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FMG/C) in the area. It was a joint programme by UNFPA/UNICEF in partnership with National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Health and other institutions. The main message of the campaign is: “FGM/C is a cultural practice with devastating medical, social, emotional, legal and economic repercussions for girls and women. FGM/C is illegal and violates the rights of women. Therefore we must abandon FGM/C since…

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Elias  Nwogu and Cynthia Ajaegbu join hands in Traditional Marriage

  The joining of Mr. Elias Ezechukwu Nwogu and Miss Cynthia Chinonso Ajaegbu together in traditional marriage”Igbankwu Nwanyi” took place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 afternoon in the residence of the Bridegroom’s father, Amb. Sir Dona Ajaegbu (KSJI) from Amaukwu Okoromiri Amagbor Ihitte Ezinihitte LGA, Mbaise. The ceremony kick-started with presentation of kola-nut, drinks, music on top gear, dancing, cultural introduction of the bride and bridegroom, speeches from the traditional stool, traditional ruler of Amagbor HRH Eze Myke Orji Dimgba I of Amagbor Ihitte Autonomous Community and an advice from the bride’s parents, Amb. Sir Dona and Lady Rhoina Uche…

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Donald Ekenta launches three new CDs on birthday

Donald Ekenta launches three new CDs on birthday

  Talented rib-cracker and comedian, Chief Donald Okwu Ekenta used the opportunity of his 65th birthday to present to the public  his three new compact discs. The event which took place at the cozy Clemvic Events Hubb, Okigwe Road Owerri was attended by important dignitaries from all walks of life – entertainment, politics, business and academia. The new CDs are – Nwa ka nwa – songs of praise, Odommiri Ochi – Unlimited laughter and Ala Owerri Foro Ole? – Guess What. In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Professor Ukachukwu Aloy Awuzie, former Vice-Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri said…

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Owerri Girls 1994 Alumni present Skill Acquisition Centre to Alma Mater

Rev Fr Moses Chikwe cutting the tape to the Textile clothing section

  The 1994 set of the Owerri Girls Secondary School, on Saturday, November, 18, 2017, formally presented to the school management and the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan Education/Commission, the skill acquisition centre, they equipped for their Alma Mater. It comprised two departments of three sections, namely: Foods and Nutrition Laboratory, Clothing Textile and Hair Dressing. The equipment included: Deep and standing freezers, electrical and gas cookers, micro wave ovens, sewing and hair dressing machines, chair, tables and cabinets. The capacity development project for the girl child in Imo State with Owerri Girls as the Pilot project, is sponsored by the Heal…

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FMC Owerri boils again … As workers protest pay-cut, patients welfare

    Agitating workers of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri took to the streets Monday 20th November 2017, with placards, protesting  arbitrary pay cut, nonpayment of promotion arrears and unavailability of basic working materials at various units and departments of the hospital. Addressing the members of the Joint Health Sector Union of Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Comrade Clifford Ezeugwu, Chairman of National Union of Allied Health Professionals, observed with bitterness that the management of the centre under Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, the Acting Medical Director, has failed to address the teething problems militating against the centre, staff and patients. According to…

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Imo Legal Year: Governors have no respect for court judgments – Archbishop Obinna

Imo Legal Year: Archbishop Anthony Obinna Bishop Lucius Ugorji with the Chief Judge of Imo State Hon Justice

It is one thing to say no one is above the law and another to see it happening. But the church is sick and tired of watching politicians crushing justice with money. The biggest culprits are Governors! The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri reflected on this ugly development in his homily during a concelebrated Mass to open the 2017/2018 Legal Year of the Imo State Judiciary held, at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Friday, November 17. The Archbishop regretted that Nigeria is practicing anarchic democracy where governors neither respect the rule of law nor obey court judgments. “That…

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Vicar Commends Zone 9  CMO Executive

Zonal Vicar Very Rev Fr Michael Chiagorom with the Zone 9 CMO President

  It was praises galore for the out-going executive of the Catholic Men Organization, Zone 9, Owerri Archdiocese, for the excellent manner the zone was piloted in the last six years. The Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Oguta and Vicar of Zone 9, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Chiagorom made the commendation in a Holy Mass when Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha-led executive of the Zone gave thanks to God for protecting and directing their steps throughout their six years tenure in office. The priest made it clear that Iwuorisha-led executive of the Zone was successful in its administration because of…

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CWO puts smiles on faces of motherless Babies

  Friday November 17, 2017 was a day of joy for the inmates of the motherless Babies Home Emekuku, run by the congregation of the Holy Child Jesus, as the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women organization (OACCWO) paid them a charity visit. The executive of the council, who were led on the visit by their president, Lady (Mrs.) Stella Acholonu, donated several utility items such as, bag of Rice, Beans and garri as well as tubers of yam, beverages, noodles, groundnut oil, pampers and toiletries for the babies. The women on arrival were received by the Director of the…

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Archbishop Obinna inaugurates Holy Family Parish Amauburu

Archbishop Obinna priests and some of the newly confirmed candidate shortly after Mass

  … Confirms 185 candidates Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish, Amauburu Ubomiri in Mbaitoli LGA Imo State, has been inaugurated by His Grace Most Rev. AJV Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. The event took place on Sunday November 19, 2017, amidst joy and jubilation. The two-day pastoral visit, which began a day before with the arrival of the Archbishop, witnessed a tumultuous crowed led the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand  Ihekire and a priest in residence, Rev. Fr. Charles Okoro, which gathered at Akwakuma Junction to welcome the chief shepherd. On arrival to the parish, the…

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Knights should speak out against injustice in Imo – Fr Uche

Catholic Knights should not keep quiet in the face of injustice in Imo State and Nigeria. A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Uche CMF gave the charge in his homily during Mass for knights of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council, held at St. Mary Claret Parish Owerri, Nov. 18. He said that injustice was at the heart of various agitations in Nigeria, including the struggle for Biafran independence. Fr. Uche decried a situation where the commonwealth of a country was cornered by a section or group of individuals, living the rest in penury. “When things are going wrong, we expect…

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Model Ladies Visit Don Guanella Centre, Nnebukwu

The Model Ladies with management and inmates of Don Guanella Centre.

  On 5th Nov. 2017, Model Ladies Organization of Nigeria visited DON GUAN ELLA CENTRE, Nnebukwu, Oguta LGA, a mentally challenged Home in line with their constitution and the joy of extending charity to the less privileged. The group was received by Rev. Fr. Jude Anamelechi, the superior in- charge of the Centre. He informed the group that the centre celebrated its Silver Jubilee in September 2017. According to him, their centre at Nnebukwu in Oguta LGA is the first Centre of the Congregation in Africa. Their major work includes taking care of the mentally challenged children like Autistic, Epileptic,…

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