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May 27, 2018

Ndom Owere hold thanksgiving

The newly elected executive of Udodiri Ndom Owerre in Owerri Municipal will hold a thanksgiving Mass today at St. Mulumba Catholic Church, Wetheral Road. The thanksgiving followed their successful election and swearing-in by the President-General of Owerre Community Assembly (OCA), Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam at their ancestral home Ugwu-Ekwema. Speaking with our reporter on Wednesday, Chief Anukam expressed gratitude to God that Ndom Owerre did not allow themselves to be used by self-seeking women and advised the new executive to carry every member along.  He also advised the former President-General of the union, Chief Mrs. Comfort Mere to accept the…

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Lady Chisara Egwim Bags Ambassador of Mary Award

The Okigwe Diocesan President of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) and immediate Emeritus President for Owerri Provincial CWO, Chief Barr Lady Chisara Egwim-Chima, was recently conferred with the Prestigious Ambassador of Marry National Merit Award by the National Council, Catholic Women Organization (NCCWO) Nigeria. The event which held, at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha began with Holy Mass presided over by the Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province His Grace Most. Rev. Valerian Okeke who charged the recipients to live up to the calling of an Ambassador in both spirituality and personality. In an address of welcome, the…

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Imo State Government honours Archbishop Udaigwe

The Imo State Government at the weekened rolled out red carpet for the Most Rev. Dr. Brian Udaigwe, a son of the State, who was recently appointed Titular Archbishop of Suelli and assigned   the office of Apostolic Nuncio to Benin by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The reception which took place at the prestigious Women of Divine Destiny Initiative (WODDI) Centre New Owerri attracted members of the Imo State Exco, the legislature and the clergy from various denominations. In his speech on the occasion the State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha said Imo State was thankful to God for giving them…

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Church Finance Officers hold workshop in Owerri …Chancellor calls for honesty, accountability

A one-day training workshop organized by the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan Finance Council for Finance Officers in parishes, service centres, Catholic hospitals, schools and industries, have ended in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The activity-packed workshop, which took place at the Pastoral Centre, Wetheral Road Owerri, featured the presentation of four papers by finance experts, interventions by prominent personalities, interactive session and fielding of questions by participants. The Chairman of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, Sir Hartly Egbulefu, delivered a paper on “Keeping to Budget”, while, Mr. Ray Ahumibe, Zonal Area Manager, United Bank for Africa, UBA, lectured on “Increasing Revenue in…

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Ihitte Uboma: GLO canvasses support for CGC

The Community Government Council (CGC) of Nkwumeato Autonomous Community Ihitte-Uboma held an interactive session with the villagers on May 8, 2013 at Ezumezu Square Eke Elugwu. Hon. Friday Obasi, the Government Liaison Officer (GLO), informed the audience that the role of the community is to provide land for projects and also ensure that all projects are executed and built according to specifications. He used the opportunity to introduce the members of the CGC who include: Mrs. Ego Adiele, Woman Leader, Chief Patrick Ucheogo, Community Liaison Officer, Okechuku Okoro, Secretary and Onwuegebuchulam Okey, the Youth Leader. According to him, the overriding…

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Hon Pat-Ekeji identifies with Okada riders -Distributes 500 sets of rain-coat

Ngozi Pat-Ekeji, member representing Aboh Mbaise in the Imo State House of Assembly on Friday, May 10, 2013 distributed about 500 sets of rain-coat outfits to all okada riders in Aboh Mbaise LGA, Imo State. Speaking during the hand-over event at Community Primary School Hall Umuopara Nguru Mbaise, Hon. Pat-Ekeji, who is also the Minority Leader in the Imo House of Assembly (IMHA), reminded the members of Okada Riders Association that the occasion was part of her effort to deliver on her election promises to the people of Aboh Mbaise State Constituency.  “My brothers, I have come to tell you…

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Re-at-homing Chinua Achebe or Rectishaping our World

The Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Oweerri was personally at Awka  Anambra State on Wedeneday May 22 at Ekwueme Square to deliver a tribute to the world renowned novelist and 1999 Odenigbo Lecturer, late Prof. Chinualumogu Albert Achebe. Below is the full text of the tribute When in July 1997 I traveled to Barry College, Annandale, New York, to invite our revered Professor Chinua Achebe to visit Owerri in 1999 and deliver that year’s lecture in the Odenigbo series initiated by me in 1996 I could never have imagined what that invitation would mean for Chinua…

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LSM Osu launches for Bus

The Sancta Paula Osu Sub-Council of the Noble Order Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria has received kudos for its sustained co-operation and support for the church especially in matters relating to the faith and funding. The Chaplain, Osu Sub-Council KSM, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, made the commendation as he preached a homily during the Mass that preceded launching for funds to buy an official bus organized by the Ladies of the Noble Order, Osu Sub-Council, held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the KSM Sub-Council Hall located at the St. Paul’s Parish Osu Isiala Mbano.  He dwelt extensively on the…

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Full text of Bishop Okpaleke’s Post-ordination speech (1)

Your Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan. The Cardinal Archbishop Of Abuja Your Grace, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos and President, CBCN Your Grace, Archbishop Anthony J.V Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri and Metropolitan of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Your Grace, Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria Your Excellencies, the Archbishops and Bishops Superiors Generals and Provincial Superiors The Secretary General and Staff of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Rt. Rev, and Very Rev. Msgri, Rev. Frs., Consecrated men and women of the various orders, Seminarians His Excellency, the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha Other Governors,…

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BOOK REVIEW: ROCHAS REVOLUTION, Leadership By Example

BOOK REVIEW Title:                      ROCHAS REVOLUTION, Leadership By Example Author:               Rev. Fr. Nathaniel I. Ndiokwere Pagination:     240 Pages Reviewer:       Mr. Brendan Ikechukwu Nwaozor; Principal Information Officer;                                               Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Owerri. The author, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nathaniel I. Ndiokwere is not new in contributing to the literary world, as he has to his credit some of the soundest quotable materials which are regularly used in academic parameters. Beginning this project with a simple quote from the Book of Proverbs in the Bible highlights the author’s status as clergyman of sound intellectual…

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Silver Jubilee anniversary: An act of thanksgiving – Bishop Ukwuoma

–     As Prof. & Mrs. Tony Uzoma clock 25 years in marriage It was all joy and merriments as Prof. Anthony Uwandu-Uzoma and Mrs. Beatrice Ifeyinwa Uzoma marked their silver jubilee wedding anniversary at St. Gregory’s Catholic Parish Amaigbo, Nwangele LGA, Imo State on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The silver jubilee celebration commenced with a concelebrated Eucharistic Mass presided over by the chief shepherd of Orlu diocese, Most Rev. Dr. A.T. Ukwuoma and assisted by about 50 priests from different dioceses of Igboland, including Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, Vicar-General Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha, Chancellor, Owerri Archdiocese…

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CMO Atta Parish honours Imo NUJ Chairman

Activities marking the 2013 Father’s Day celebration at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Atta, in Ikeduru LGA were rounded off on Sunday, May 5 with a Thanksgiving Mass, funds-raising and the conferment of “EZI-NWA” title on the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State, Chief Innocent Igwe by the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the parish. Presenting the award on the NUJ Chairman, who was accompanied by his wife, Lady Angela Igwe, the Chairman of the Father’s Day Planning Committee, Mr. Matthew Aguguom described Chief Igwe as a worthy son of Atta Ikeduru in whom they are well pleased. They…

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St. Andrew’s Parish Umuokanne celebrates Father’s Day – Decries lukewarm attitude of members

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of St. Andrew’s Parish Umuokanne has expressed disappointment over the lukewarm attitude of some members towards the upliftment of the parish. The President of the parish CMO, Mr. Sylvester Onyema (City), who expressed this view during the Father’s Day, May 5, 2013, regretted that some CMO members are not making any financial support for the parish and called for a complete change of heart, both morally and financially. The Parish CMO Secretary, Vincent Mary-Ihejieto Esq., echoed similar view.  He told THE LEADER that this year’s Father’s Day was rich spiritually. “Some of our parishioners’ resident…

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Cleric admonishes Christians against materialism – As Oguta celebrates Father’s Day

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Oguta in Oguta LGA of Imo State have been admonished not to allow materialism to becloud their sense of judgement. The Episcopal Vicar of Zone 9 of Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri and Parish Priest of the Church, Very Rev. Fr. Jude E. Ike gave the admonition at a Mass to celebrate the Patron Saint (St. Joseph) of the Catholic Men Organization worldwide on Sunday, May 5, 2013. In his sermon, he enjoined the Christian Fathers to always be close to their wives and children, positing that a good home begets…

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Archbishop Obinna visits St. Francis Chaplaincy, Dan Anyiam Staduim

-Dedicates church, confirms 125 The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna paid a pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi Dan Anyiam on Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Holy Mass was presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude Zimoha, the Chaplain, Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Fr. Longinus Chinagorom, Fr. George Nwachukwu, Fr. Kingsley Nze and Fr. George Ike. In his homily, the Archbishop said that St. Stephen was one of the seven deacons that spread the good news of Christ until his brothers, the Jews stoned him to death and…

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Priest raises alarm over extortion by lecturers -As KSM Owerri Sub-Council holds 2nd Degree investiture

A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Casimir Nzeh has expressed worry over the increasing level of corruption and extortion going on in institutions of higher learning in Imo State and other parts of the Eastern Nigeria. Preaching during the Second Degree Investiture of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Owerri Sub-Council, Fr. Nzeh regretted that no serious academic work is going on in most institutions of learning in Igboland as marks are simply awarded to students who can afford them. The priest further revealed that most lecturers have become authors, churning out all sorts of junks from the internet and selling…

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CMO Day at CKC Parish Umuoba Uratta, Owerri North

The Parish Priest, of CKC Umuoba, Uratta Rev. Fr. Jude Ihejieto has charged Christian father to always emulate their, Patron Saint, St. Joseph who accepted the will of God in his life. Preaching during the Father’s Day, May 5, the priest said that every Christian father is expected to be a role model by living, an exemplary life worthy of emulation by his children and neighbours. He said that the resurrection power of Jesus Christ is the manure of the Catholic Church. The resurrection has made us to experience the presence of Christ in our lives of practice the faith…

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Workshop on Role of Media in New Evangelization

A three-day workshop for Diocesan Communications Directors and Catholic Media Practitioners of the Old Onitsha Province has ended at Ozubulu in Nnewi Local Government Area of Anambra State, with a charge to participants, to ensure that the communication media are used as effective tools for evangelization. Rev. Fr. Dr. Ralph Madu, Secretary-General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) Abuja, gave this charge while delivering a welcome address at the workshop which took place at St. Gabriel’s Retreat and Conference Centre Ozubulu in Nnewi. He urged them to ensure that Christian principles influence and permeate the practice of their profession, including the…

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Msgr. Emma Ogu celebrates 40th anniversary of priesthood

It was another remarkable day in the life of Very Rev. Msgr. Emma Onyebuchi Ogu, Spiritual Director, Mater Ecclesiae Seminary Nguru Aboh Mbais as he celebrated 40 years of his priestly ordination on April 28, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Parish Umunama. He was ordained priest on April 28 1973. The celebration attracted a cream of the society, priests and religious, members of the House of Senate, House of Representative, Honourable Members of Imo State House of Assembly, Knights of the Church, Royal Fathers and top civil servants. Delivering the homily at the solemn Mass presided over by Msgr. Emma Ogu…

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Father’s Day at St. Michael’s Parish Amakohia

Christian Fathers have been advised to discharge their duties as pillars of their homes with love, faithfulness and humility.  this call was made by Rev. Fr. Dr. Basil Osuigwe, Parish Priest, St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Amakohia-Uratta Owerri on the occasion marking this year’s Fathers Day celebration held on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The solemn Eucharistic Mass, which started the occasion was presided over by the parish priest and assisted by Rev. Fr. Mileltus Ohanumma. In his homily, Fr. Osuigwe reminded all Christian fathers of their unique role in the family which he said was to guide and direct their family…

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