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July 16, 2018

Adapalm Catholic community rolls out the drums

Adapalm Catholic community rolls out the drums

  … As 5 Couples were joined in Holy Matrimony Couples have been advised to remain faithful to their marriage vows and avoid indulging in any extra marital affairs or living polygamous life. The warning was given on Saturday December 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Special Jurisdiction, Imo Palm Ohaji when members of the parish rolled the red carpet for five couples who exchanged marital vows. The occasion started with a Holy Mass   presided over by Rev. Fr. Basil Opurum, the parish priest of St. Michael’s Ihagwa, assisted by Rev. Fr. Kirian Agogbuo, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ogazi,…

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Whistle blowing: Pass information to only trusted security operatives – PCRC State Chairman

Whistle blowing Pass information to only trusted

  …As Ehime Mbano police community relations committee honours Dr. Fidelis Akakwam The Imo State Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, Sir Chima Chukwunyere, on Saturday November 25th 2017, advised the general public and members of Ehime Mbano chapter of the organization not to divulge sensitive information to security operatives they do not trust because of the likely boomerang and grievous consequences. Speaking at the conferment of honour and recognition to distinguished personalities with ‘Ambassador of Peace and Security Awards’ to select individuals, who included, Dr. Fidelis Akakwam, Chief Medical Director, Rosita Memorial Clinic, Orieagu-Nsu, the State PCRC Chairman observed…

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St. Monica CWO Celebrates Feast of Patron Saint. Honours Elderly members, Abroadians

St Monica CWO Celebrates

  Catholic Women of Ezeogba Emekuku, in the Owerri North L.G.A, have celebrated this year’s feast of their patron saint. They are one of the five groups of Catholic Women Organization (CWO) in our Lady of Mt Carmel parish Emekuku. This year’s celebration, which was attended by many highly placed women among them, including those in Diaspora, witnessed some remarkable innovations compared with previous years. These include: Presentation of souvenirs to elderly ones, for their steadfastness to the group and to those abroad for their commitment, support and past leadership roles. The women took the opportunity to host their husbands…

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Imo journalists brainstorm on restructuring Nigeria

Imo journalists brainstorm

  … As curtain draws on 2017 Press Week It was an exhilating and thrilling intellectual harvest as two intellectual giants: Prof. Mrs. Stella Chinyere Okunna and Hon. Carl Azudibia enriched Imo journalists with quality appraisal from their tink-tank, as they brainstorm on the raging clamour for restructuring Nigeria at NUJ Press Centre Owerri Saturday, November 27, 2017. Serving the first salvo after inaugurated protocols chaired by Chief Chidi Ibe, former Commissioner, Prof. Stella Okunna of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka observed that the gentle request for restructing has turned to a vocifurious clamour. According to her, those benefiting from the…

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KSJI: Owerri Grand elects, installs new officers

KSJ Owerri Grand elects

Invests 42 Knights in Full Dress, Marching Uniforms Holds Award ceremony The Owerri Grand Commandery of the Noble Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) and its Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) have elected new officers to run their affairs. This followed the successful end of the 12th & 11th Biennial Convention of the Order, held from Wednesday, December 6, to Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the KSJI, complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The theme of the Convention was: “The Fatima Apparitions: Lessons for Nigeria” those who voted at the election were accredited delegates from the 26 Local Commanderies…

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Imo NMA ends Physicians’ Week …Honours Dr. Chineme Anyaeze

  The Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter, during the grand-finale of its 2017 Physicians Week among other events conferred the prestigious Award of Distinguished Medical Practitioner (DMP) on Dr. (Chief) Chineme Michael Anyaeze, a dexterous Urology Surgeon. The event took place at the Villa Garden Hotel, New Owerri, Imo State, recently. In his address on the occasion, Dr. Darlington Akukwu, Imo State Chapter chairman of NMA said the award was a reward for good work done by the recipient whom he said has consistently contributed to the sustained growth of the medical profession in particular and humanity in general,…

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St. Helen’s Parish Irete celebrates with disabled persons …Presents gift items

St. Helen's Parish Irete celebrates

  It was celebration galore recently at St. Helen’s Catholic Parish Irete in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State, where the Parish Priest, Monsignor Anthony Eke and the members of St. Vincent De Paul organized a Christmas party for disabled persons. The ceremony which commenced immediately after 9.30 mass experienced tremendous turn out of those with disabilities across the 27 LGA’s of the state numbering over 300. Speaking at the ceremony, Msgr. Eke  enjoined them to always be happy and put their trust in God in every circumstances. He explained that the church decided to organize the get together…

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CKC Old Boys hold thanksgiving Mass … Visit Motherless Babies

CKC Onitsha Old Boys

  As Catholics worldwide celebrated the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 26th November, 2017, members of Christ the King College (Onitsha) Old Boys Association, Imo State branch together with their wives, held a thanksgiving Mass to thank God for his blessings upon their members during a mass to celebrate the feast. In his homily during the thanksgiving mass held at St Thomas More Catholic Parish, Area E New Owerri, Rev Monsignor (Dr) Anthony Njoku said they are using the feast to declare to the world that Christ is the King. Monsignor Njoku went down memory lane to recount…

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CWO St Michael’s Amakohia visits Sacred Heart Home …Fraternizes with inmates

CWO St Michael's Amakohia visits Sacred Heart Home

  The quiet and serene premises of the newly inaugurated Sacred Heart Home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri situated within the neighborhood of St. Mulumba Catholic Church Wetheral Road was literally electrified with the presence of five principal official members of the Catholic Women Organization, Friday December 8. The women who came from St. Michael’s Parish Amakohia Uratta Owerri North LGA are: Lady Justina Emeana, Mrs. Benedict Amaechi, Mrs. Linda Sam-Madugba, Mrs. Rita Oforji and Lady Margret Nonyerem. Through the Parish CWO President, Lady Emeana, the women disclosed that they were at the Home to fraternize with the inmates….

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When amputees in Imo gathered at Assumpta Cathedral

When amputees in Imo gathered at Assumpta Cathedral

  …Tolaram Foundation sets to work Men and women living with amputated hands and legs in Imo State had a cause to smile when they gathered at the Obiri-Odenigbo in Assumpta Catheral premises, Wednesday November 6. The amputees who were over 100 in number came to the venue because personnel of Tolaram Foundation, a non-governmental organization with a prosthetic centre in Lagos and Port-Harcourt visited Owerri. The charity foundation was in the state capital to provide the disables with cosmetic hands and legs. Fielding questions from this reporter, a member of the visiting team who simply identified himself as Richard…

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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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