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July 16, 2018

2018 CMO Day at St. John’s Parish Umunahu

Fr. B. Nnajiemere (Parish Priest) flanked by D. Nnadi, CMO President (R) Mr. C. Nze, Catechist (L) and other CMO exco members.

  …Fr Nnajiemere harps on truthfulness, uprightness   In line with the Church’s liturgical calendar to commemorate hallowed men and women whose lives and times contributed in shaping the Christian faith, members of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), St. John’s Catholic Parish Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA joyfully joined their counterparts across the country in marking this year’s Feast of their Patron, Saint Joseph. The feast which came up last Sunday and celebrated in the newly elevated parish as maiden edition was kick-started with a Eucharistic celebration presided by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere. While delivering homily at…

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…

OACCMO Day: 32 receive Ezinna award

OACCMO Day 32 receive Ezinna award2

…Archbishop commends growth of CMO About 32 distinguished Christian fathers bagged the prestigious “Ezinna Award” during the 2017 CMO Day organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO). The investiture which took place at Obiri-Odenigbo, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 21, was preceded by a concelebrated Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. He was assisted by the Vicar-General, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, the Chancellor/Secretary, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the Cathedral Administrator,  the CMO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. S. O. Igbokwe, Rev. Fr. Gererd Onyekwere, the Director of Communications, Rev. Fr. George…

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station … Preaches love, forgiveness

Msgr. Akagha visits Sacred Heart Station World Bank New Owerri

In continuation of his evangelization visit to stations in St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri, the parish priest, Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha on Monday June 19, visited Sacred Heart Station, World Bank.   In his homily during Mass, Msgr. Akagha cautioned Christians against retaliation, saying Christianity preaches forbearance and not retaliation.   Reflecting on the gospel, Matt. 5:38-42, the priest said Christ in the gospel text went beyond the Mosaic Law of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” and rather recommended that “we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.”   Msgr….

Saluting the fathers On 2017 Father’s Day …Be the St. Joseph of your family, Church, nation

Fatherhood is a great honour accompanied with great responsibility, tasks and obligations that ought to be met. Fatherhood is attained more specifically by choice and more or less by chance, but be that as it may, the circle of fatherhood accommodates all, both those by choice and by chance. the attainment of fatherhood by any means does not negate the stand you should have in relation to the responsibility expected of you to your growing family.   The world needs real men who become real fathers. Fathers who accepts their own mannerism without abdicating their fatherly authority; fathers who would…

Emulate life of St John Bosco Assumpta CMO prayer group told

Members of St. John Bosco Prayer Group of the Catholic Men Organization, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri have been enjoined to emulate their patron saint, John Bosco. The Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere gave the charge on Sunday, when members of the prayer group celebrated the Feast of John Bosco Fr. Onyekwere said John Bosco was a priest of humble origin, who devoted his life to helping the youths, boys and girls who roamed the streets. The priest urged members of the prayer group and indeed all CMO members to help our youths especially in this period of hardship. “Find…

Praises galore for Owerri Archdiocesan CMO

It was a moment of glory for the President of Owerri Archdiocesan CMO executive, Mr. Nwaora Alfred Nonyelum (KSM) and his executive as speaker after speaker poured encomiums on them for the speedy growth and achievements of the organization since their assumption of office. The occasion was the 2016 Owerri Archdiocesan CMO Day Celebration held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 15, 2016. Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri opened the floodgate of commendations during a concelebrated Mass preceding a civic reception and award ceremony. The Archbishop who is not known for undue praises commended Mr. Nonyelum, saying…

Owerri Archdiocesan CMO ends her 2016 annual retreat

A two day 2016 annual retreat organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO), came to an end at the Knights of St. John’s International Secretariat Owerri, on Saturday September 10, 2016. The retreat which drew various CMO Presidents and Secretaries from Catholic Parishes in Owerri Archdiocese kicked off with confession, offering the participants the opportunity of purifying their hearts to embrace the retreat. This Retreat was in preparation for the CMO Day celebration at the Archdiocesan level slated for Saturday October 15, 2016. The retreat has as its theme, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, PURGATORY, CONSCIENCE AND…

Msgr. Eke lauds Blessed Tansi PPC for giant strides

…As council pays him courtesy visit The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA has received a pat on the back for its numerous infrastructural achievements, since it attained parish status eight years ago. Rev Msgr. Anthony Eke, Parish Priest St. Helen’s Church Irete in Owerri West LGA, gave the commendation while interacting with members of the council by their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo who were led on a courtesy visit to him, Sunday September 18, 2016. Filled with delight at the progress the young and dynamic church has…

Archbishop Obinna visits Assumpta Parish – Lays foundation for CMO building

Archbishop Obinna laying the foundation stone of CMO building during his pastoral visit The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri rounded off his pastoral visit to Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri with the confirmation of 162 candidates on Sunday August 14. Other activities that featured during the two-day visit included: foundation laying ceremony of CMO Hall, visit to the four stations of the parish, interactive session with parishioners and civic reception. Speaking while laying the foundation stone of the CMO Hall, Archbishop Obinna commended the group led by Professor Dan Dan Ekezie and called on CMO members and…

Assumpta CMO holds ground-breaking ceremony for building project

Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere blessing the CMO  building site Catholic Men Organization of Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri has began fund-raising campaign for the building of a befitting Hall (St. Joseph’s Hall of Faith). The hall is estimated to cost N200 million (Two hundred million Naira). The ground-breaking ceremony which took place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 started with a concelebrated Mass by the Administrator, Assumpta Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere and his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Magnus Ajoku. In his homily, Fr. Gerard said, “we are here to thank God for His blessings on our Parish CMO and also to solicit…

27 couples in mass wedding at St. Anthony Parish Akabor

Twenty-seven couples were on Saturday May 14, 2016, joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Akabor, in Oguta LGA. The mass wedding attracted many family members, friends and well-wishers of the couples. In a homily he delivered during the holy Mass, the Parish priest of St. Anthony Parish, Akabor, Rev. Fr. Augustine Opara pointed out to the couples that a happy marriage is dependent on how they performed their duties in the family. The duties, according to the priest, are the biblical injunction that charged wives to respect their husbands and husbands to love their wives as Christ…

Mt. Carmel Emekuku celebrates Father’s Day …Honours 13 Parishioners

Parishioners of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku Owerri, on Sunday May 1, 2016, celebrated this year’s Father’s Day under the auspices of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO). The organization used the opportunity to honour 13 parishioners who had performed outstanding roles in the upliftement of the parish. Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro, the Parish Priest, who presided over the occasion, concelebrated the Holy Mass with his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu. A 5-man delegation of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) led by the Vice-President, Sir Felix Ikpe was there to grace the occasion and encourage fathers…

Blessed Tansi Parish marks Father’s Day

Christian Fathers have been counseled to be proud in taking up their fatherly responsibilities for their children. The Parish Priest, Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu Orji, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo said this while preaching a homily during the 2016 Father’s Day Celebration held in the Parish. Fr. Oparaugo admonished fathers to accept God-given children in good faith and appreciate the gift of procreation given them. The Priest however charged them to drop those cultures and traditions that deter them from living a full Christian life. While condemning the belief in Osu, Diala and Ume caste system, especially among Christian…

Assumpta Parish celebrates Father’s Day – As Archbishop donates land to CMO

The Catholic Men Organization of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri rounded off their Father’s Day Celebration with a pontifical Mass led by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, assisted by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere and other priests on Sunday May 1, 2016. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna reflected on the first reading from the book of Revelation touching on the Holy City of Jerusalem, how it was built and how the glory of God was shinning on the city including the stones used for the construction. The Prelate then related it with…

Marriage Has No Expiring Date – Priest warns at mass wedding

Christian couples have been warned to remember at all times that the sacrament of matrimony they received has no expiring date. The warning was given recently at St. Kevin’s Catholic Church Ogbaku in Mbaitoli LGA, Imo State (Saturday 16, January, 2016) when the parish rolled out the red carpet for 21 couples who exchanged marital vows. The Holy Mass was concelebrated by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Sebastian O. Igbokwe who is also the Vicar for Ogbaku Zone 3, the Associate Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Bertrand Nnajiere, a visiting priest and also an indigenous priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony Alamezie….

CMO FUTO Chaplaincy identifies factors affecting marital union

Members of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal University of Technology, Owerri FUTO have rounded off their annual retreat. The retreat began on Saturday, 7th November, 2015 with Holy Mass and ended on Sunday 8th November, 2015 with thanksgiving Mass. The theme of the retreat was “Strengthening the Family Life”. The retreat opening Mass was celebrated by the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Ike and the Reteat Preacher, Rev. Fr. Izu Cornelius Okafor, M.Ss.Cc of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Owerri. Delivering the homily at the Mass, Fr. OKafor said…

OACCMO wants CMO uniform made compulsory for churching

  The Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) has appealed to the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri to make CMO uniform a compulsory wear for Christian Fathers during churching in the Archdiocese. The organization made the appeal when her executive paid a courtesy call on the Archbishop in his residence, October 6, 2015. In an address presented to the prelate, OACCMO further appealed to the Archbishop to prevail on parish priests, “to compel young married couples to automatically register with CMO and CWO respectively, as soon as they perform their marriage rites in the…

Bishop Ugorji visits Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia – Appeals to employers to address workers’ welfare

Parish lists achievements, challenges The Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Lucious Iwejuru Ugorji has rounded off his 2015 pastoral visit to Mater Dei Cathedral, Umuahia with a passionate appeal to employers to address workers welfare. In his homily during the visit, Bishop Ugorji called on employers of labour not to delay the wages of their workers, as a worker deserves his wages. He warned against economic corruption, election malpractices, political corruption and religious corruption and other forms of exploitation, pointing out that, “the more you acquire wealth, the thirstier you will become”. He also warned those…

St. Jude’s Parish Mbano CMO marks Feast Day – As priest tasks fathers on positive attitude

CMO Exco St. Jude’s Parish Mbano Hqtrs with the Parish Priest and the Curate during the celebration. The Catholic Men Organization of St Jude’s Parish Mbano Headquarters, held her 2015 Fathers Day on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Parish Centre Ugwu Nso.  Activities for the day began with a concelebrated Eucharistic Sacrifice offered by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Callistus Ogu and his Curate, Rev. Fr. Augustine Eziefule. In his homily, Fr. Augustine Eziefule charged the faithful to always anchor their faith on Christ in moments of challenge and imminent disaster.  Alluding to the encounter of Jesus’ apostles with…