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May 27, 2018

KSJI District 8 holds memorial Mass for departed members

. Circumstances of Birth shouldn’t Cost you heaven – FUTO Chaplain Knights of St. John International (KSJI) District 8 Owerri, on Saturday, Nov.4, 2017 held a Memorial Mass to pray for the repose of the souls of their members who died in the last 12 months. It took place at the Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). The District is made up of the Holy Cross Commandery 422 Owerri, St.  Michael Commandery 539 Akabo, Holy Family Commandery 560 Izombe and Assumpta Commandery 655 Aladinma Owerri. The rest are: St. Benedict Commandery 777 Uratta, Commandery 778 Onyeaghalanwanne and. St,…

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Principal canvass support from school Alumni

Nze Ambrose Uzuegbu in a handshake with Sir Joseph Ihegbu Principal Chief Simon Okeke 1st from right with community leaders of Umuokemadu kindred beside the new culvert

  Commends Umuokemadu Kindred Relief came to the students, teachers and visitors of Agbaghara Nsu Comprehensive Secondary School, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State as natives of Umuokemadu Kindred reconstructed and handed over the culvert at the entrance of the institutior( to the management of the school on Wednesday 1 Nov. 2017. Handing over the culvert to the school authority, the chairman of Umuokemadu Kindred, Nze Ambrose Uzuegbu observed that for a long time, accessing the premises of the school was very difficult because of the dilapidated culvert which is the sole entry into the school. He decried…

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CWO Day: Archbishop urges  mothers to emulate Mary, not Nollywood stars

The Owerri CWO executive with their Chaplain Rev Fr Cyril Akalonu and their sister Adviser Rev Sr Petrus Ezeonye cut the 2017 OACCWO cake

Christian mothers have been called upon to emulate Virgin Mary by being models of holiness and uprightness. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri made the call in his sermon during the CWO Day held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Saturday, Nov. 11. He regretted that women instead of looking up to Mary as their model, they rather copy nollywood stars, television models and beauty pageants, many of who use their beauty to lead men to sin. “Let your beauty be a way of leading men to Christ instead of leading them into sin,” he advised. Archbishop Obinna…

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Pomp as St Patrick’s Okuku marks double celebration

Archbishop Obinna Fr Amadi PP with the candidates of confirmation shortly after the anniversary Mass

  Golden and centenary jubilees are two rare anniversaries in human endeavour.  Whereas many in desirous manner look forward to getting hold of them, especially the immediate, it is only a few who succeed in this direction.  This theory however was defied at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Okuku, Owerri West L.G.A. when the parish priest and his parishioners celebrated the historic 100 years of their Catholic faith and 50 years their Church attained parish status, Sunday November 12. His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri was there with his pastoral team as the celebrating faithful dazzled…

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Chevalier Exemplification: KSJI Nigeria promotes 160 Knights to 4th Degree

4th Degree candidates writing their examination

  …Creates 6 Chavelier Chapters A total of 160 2nd and 3rd Degree members of the Noble Order of Knights of John International (KSJI) also called Sir Knights from across Nigeria, were on Friday, November 3, 2017, exemplified into the 4th Degree of the Order. The newly promoted Knights, who are now to be addressed as Chavelirs, were those successful in the written Examination, organized for them during their three day retreat (Nov.2 to 4) in Owerri in addition to being in a good standing in their respective local commanderies. The exemplification took place at the KSJI complex behind the…

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Departed faithful get post-humus honor  at St Michael’s Umuaro

  As Fr. Eziefule extols service to God Rev. Fr. Augustine Eziefule, Parish Priest, St. Michael’s Parish-in-building, Umuaro Umunumo, Ehime Mbano L.G.A celebrated the Eucharist on Sunday 5th November, 2017 marking the conferment of a post humus honor and recognition to deserving departed faithful who labored in the Lords vine-yard at various capacities towards the establishment of the Catholic Church in the community. The eleven departed Catholic faithful comprise late Nwaiwu who was appreciated for bringing the Catholic Church and spread of evangelism to the community; Nze Denis Okoronkwo, was praised as the first Catechist, Nze James Anosike Nwokenkwo was…

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Nneoma Ugha extols Bishop Amatu for realizing Diocesan dream

Nneoma Clara Ugha DCCWOP with Ichie Zaccheus Ugha husband receiving award from Bishop S A Amatu

Reacts to her recent “Ambassador” Award The President Okigwe Diocesan Catholic Women Organization (ODCWO) Nneoma Clara O. Ugha strongly believes that the incumbent Local Ordinary of the Diocese, Most Rev Solomon Amatu, is on the verge of arriving the dreamland of the founding fathers of Okigwe Diocese. The women apex leader expressed her conviction while interacting with reporters shortly after being conferred with an award of Worthy Ambassador of the Diocese, recently at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. She cited the completion of the ultra-modern Diocesan Secretariat, the Pastoral/Retreat Centre and the Cathedral building projects which according to the…

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Single Four-Year Tenure Kicks-off

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has thrown more light on the single non-renewable tenure of four years for lay organizations in the Catholic Church, Nigeria. Addressing members of Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, November 4, 2017, Archbishop Obinna said Nigerian Catholic Bishops took the decision “in order to avoid the sit-tight attitude and unchristian behaviour of officers seeking second term in national and diocesan lay organizations.” He explained that the single four-year tenure applies only to those who will be newly appointed. “Those officers appointed or elected on the basis of the three-year tenure will singly complete…

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Very Rev. Fr. Columba Anukanti joins the saints

The remains of Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Columba Anukanti was on Wednesday 15 November, 2017 committed to mother earth at the priest’s cemetery at Assumpta Villa, Owerri. The funeral Mass which was celebrated at Assumpta Cathedral and was presided over by the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna was preceeded by the Office of the Dead and was well attended by priests, religious and lay faithful, especially the parishioners of St. Joseph Parish Ogwa where Fr. Anukanti served as Parish Priest from 2013 to 2015 when he took seriously ill and…

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Utomi, Agbakoba, Okpanachi Headline Emerging African Leaders Conference

Leading minds in Nigeria’s civil liberties community are set to address an international conference for emerging African leaders scheduled to take place at the Domus Fidei Hotel, Ikeja,Lagos, November 25, 2017. Senior Advocate of Nigeria and NBA nominee for the Nigerian Supreme Court, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba will speak on the State of the Nation to expose future leaders to problems and prospects facing them, while Professor Pat Utomi, former presidential candidate in Nigeria and founder of Centre for Value Leadership will speak on Ethical Leadership to immerse the future leaders  in the virtues needed for effective leadership in Africa. Others…

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Charity identified as gateway to God

  –  As Sir Raph Nwachukwu bags Diocesan Award Giving to the needy and less-privileged has been described as the shortest route to God, which guarantees multiple blessings in due season. A member of the Order of St. Benedict Oblate and member of Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM), Chief Sir Raphael Emelalom Nwachukwu made the assertion during an interaction with The Leader at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe, shortly after he was conferred with the prestigious Worthy Ambassador of Christ Award by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN) Okigwe Diocese recently. The 4th Degree Knight and philanthropist averred…

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Owerri leaders resolve to produce governor in 2019

Paschal Dozie

  … Bemoan excision of Ohaji Egbema to Orlu zone It was a spectacular day of reckon on Saturday 11th November, 2017 as apex leaders of Owerri Senatorial Zone, comprising nine LGAs converged at Egbu Owerri  North LGA under the auspices of “Coalition for Owerri Re-awakening,” took their destiny in their own hands resolving to ensure that for equity and justice to prevail in Imo State, the zone should produce the next governor of Imo State come 2019. The summit which was attended by top politicians, captains of industry, Leaders of thought, Academics, legal luminaries and de crème de Ia…

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Ezinne Lolo Catherine Eke joins Saints triumphant

  The mortal remains of late Ezinne Lolo Catherine Eke of Umuocham Mbaukwu Ihitte were on Saturday October, 28, 2017, interred to mother earth in her husband’s compound Umuocham Mbaukwu Ihitte, Ezinihitte Mbaise, in the midst of numerous sympathizers from far and near. These include Sir Anthony Avoaja (KSJI) Worthy President Commandery 533 Ezukwu Aba, Noble Bro E.I.P. Kanu (KSJI), Sir Law Obeta (KSJI), Sir Celestine Okeke (KSJI), Chief Osaretin Uyigue the Enogie of Uguosha, Oshionmuon LGA Edo State, HRH Eze N.N. Nwahiri, HRH Eze Sabinus Nwaneche and HRH Eze B.N. Amaechi. Others include: Dr. and Dr. Mrs. Chikezie Ndubuisi,…

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KSJI, call to service not status symbol – Grand President tells aspirants

Catholics seeking membership of the Noble Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) have been warned that it is neither a status symbol nor meant to improve their Curriculum Vaitae (CV). This advice was contained in the Address of Welcome presented by the Grand President of the Owerri Grand Commandery of the KSJI, Brig-Gen (Prof) Ezechiel Ihionu, to this year’s aspirants into the First Degree of the Order during their initiation which took place from Wednesday Oct. 25 to Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the KSJI Complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri. He explained that membership, is all…

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KSJI Orlu Grand Marks 2nd Anniversary

The Noble Order of Knights of St. John International, Orlu Grand Commandery, Saturday, October 28, 2017 marked the second year of her innuaguration as a Grand Commandery. In his homily at the Eucharistic celebration to mark the occasion, Rev Fr Dr. Dominic Nwozor enjoined members to continue to uphold their call as the soldiers of the Church. He advised them to remain united and never allow any distraction to come into their midst, but always initiate innovations that will bring them together and make them forge-ahead, especially now that they have their own Grand Commandery. In his address, the Grand…

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Assumpta Parish concludes Harvest and Bazaar of Fidelity

…Archbishop harps on harvest of souls Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri has rounded off activities marking her 2017 Harvest and Bazaar of Fidelity. Preaching during the Harvest thanksgiving Mass on Sunday, Nov. 5, the parish priest and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna harped on the need for Christians to live holy life so that God may harvest their souls. He made reference to the recent celebration of the Feast of All Saints, in which we thanked God for the communion of saints in heaven and the Feast of All Souls in which we prayed for all the faithful…

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Need for committed service to God stressed

Sir Sab Nnaochie receiving the award from Bishop Amatu while Lady Cordelia Nnaochie wife watches in admiration

As Sir Sab Nnochie is honoured by Okigwe Diocese Christians have once more been reminded of the need to render diligent and dedicated service to God, devoid of lip service and pretences. Chief Sebastine Chijioke Nnaochie, an opinion moulder and 4th Degree Knight of St. Mulumba (Nig) made the call in an interaction with newsmen at the Cathedral of Immaculate conception Okigwe, shortly after he was conferred with the prestigious Worthy Ambassador Award instituted by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Okigwe Diocese chapter. Chief Nnaochie who expressed pleasant surprise that his humble contributions to the growth of the church…

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Marriage not bed of roses – Fr. Iheabuike

Mr and Mrs Otuonye Chima Okechukwu join hands in marriage

…As Stella ties nuptial knot with Chima Rev. Fr. Raymond Egwirri celebrated the Holy Eucharist at St. Ignatuis Catholic Parish Ibeafor Umunumo, Ehime Mbano L.G.A of Imo State heralding the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between the duo of Otuonye Chima Okechukwu and Miss Stella Chidinma Onugha on Saturday 28 October 2017 with Very Rev. Fr. Francis Nwosu, Dean Onuimo deanery, and Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ihebuike, Parish Priest. In his homily Fr. Iheabuike noted that the duo voluntarily decided to join hands as one in matrimony. According to him, their agreement of joining hands as one will become a catalyst…

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Celebrating World Day of the Poor, November 19

World Day of the Poor

Today poverty is a growing epidemic. Worse still, this scandalous growth is followed by an ostentatious wealth accumulation in the hands of a privileged few. This is worrying. Although Jesus said the poor would always be with us, he did not say the gap between rich and poor would be so outrageously wide and growing by the day.  The Pope is concerned. After celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy, last year, Pope Francis thought it wise to inaugurate the first World Day of the Poor to draw attention to the burgeoning poverty surrounding us. “I wanted to offer the Church a…

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Lawmaker donates transformer to FHE Umuguma

Hon Francis Onyewuchi flanked by Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam

… As residents raise alarm over outrageous levies It was a moment of joy for the residents of Road 7 Extension, Federal Housing Estate, Umuguma as Hon. Francis Ezenwa Onyewuchi, Member representing Owerri Federal Constituency in the green chambers of the National Assembly commissioned a 500 KVA Transformer he donated to the Estate, on Friday October 27. Speaking at the event, Hon. Onyewuchi postulated that the primary essence of governance is to provide welfare to the people. According to him, the statutory duty of a legislator is to make laws for good governance, provide welfare for all, carry out over-sight…

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