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July 17, 2018

HOMILY ON SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013 By John Cardinal Onaiyekan

HOMILY ON SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013 THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AT MARIA MATER ECCLESIAE CATHEDRAL AHIARA MBAISE By John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese. Otito dili Jesu! As you are all aware, on the 3rd of July, the announcement was made in the Vatican that I have been appointed Apostolic Administrator of this diocese of Ahiara “ad nutum sanctae sedis” meaning in the name and on behalf of the Holy See, an appointment that was on the instruction of His Holiness Pope Francis. I was here in Ahiara on the day of the…

Bishop Ukwuoma visits St. Michael’s Parish Urualla, confirms 498

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma has concluded a two-day pastoral visit to St. Michael’s Parish Urualla, Ideato North LGA, Imo State. On his arrival at the parish, the Bishop was received by the Parish Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okonkwo, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Tobias Ihionu and the entire parishioners, who trooped out en masse to receive the local ordinary of the diocese. Delivering a homily during the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Ukwuoma pointed out that pastoral visit was the duty of the bishops in all dioceses to know how evangelization was being carried out among the…

KSM: Mgbidi Sub-Council promotes six to 2nd Degree

The Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM), Mater Ecclesiae Sub-Council Mgbidi, Orlu diocese has raised six brothers to the Second Degree.  The wives of the knights whom they call Sisters were similarly promoted. The investiture ceremony which took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Mgbidi on June 30, 2013 started with a concelebrated Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Ray Alaneme of Orlu diocese, assisted by the Parish Rector, Rev. Fr. Dr. Eugene Dike, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ilozurike and the Sub-Council Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Francis Amadi. In his sermon during the Mass, Fr. Alaneme reflected on the readings…

Bishop Ukwuoma commissions retired priests’ home, media complex – Marks 5th Episcopal ordination

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma has commissioned the Diocesan Retired Priests’ Home and the Archangel Gabriel Media Complex. The events were part of the activities marking the 5th anniversary of his Episcopal ordination. The occasion, which took place at the Orlu Diocesan Human Development Centre, where the two projects were situated, attracted personalities, friends and well wishers who came from far and near to witness the ceremony. Delivering a homily at the Mass Bishop Ukwuoma described the event as a thanksgiving to God for the gift of the diocese.  He recalled when the diocese was part…

Prof. Celestine Onwuliri; A demise that would continue to live in our minds – Msgr Theo Nwalo

– As family commissions academic block for Major Seminary Activities slated to mark the one-year remembrance of Prof. Celestine Onwuliri who died in Lagos in the ill-fated Dana air crash which occurred on June 3rd, 2012 have been concluded with a memorial Mass at St. Jude’s Catholic Parish Amuzi Mbaise and the commissioning of a Philosophy Block built in memory of Prof. C. Onwuliri at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Ariam, Abia State on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June respectively. The Mass which witnessed a mammoth crowd of people who came from all walks of life had Msgr….

Bishop Ezeonyia warns against disobedience to Church authority

-As Aba diocese ends Pastoral Meeting The Catholic Bishop of Aba, Most Rev. V.V. Ezeonyia has bared his mind in the latest happenings in the world, relating them to what is happening in the Church today. In his opening remarks at the Second Plenary Session of the Pastoral Council meeting of the Catholic Diocese of Aba, June 9 at Nneoma Hall, CKC Aba, Ezeonyia said that humanity is now tampering with nature. “I am sorely afflicted by what is happening in the world today.  There is something rotten in this world of ours now.   The core values are being turned…

Bishop Ukwuoma visits CKC Parish Abba

– Warns youths against immoral behaviour It was indeed a joyful day at Christ the King Parish, Abba Nwangele LGA, Imo State, Sunday 22nd June 2013, as the Chief Shepherd of the diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma made a two-day familiarization visit to the parish.  The event began with a Holy Mass officiated by the Local Ordinary, assisted by the Parish Rector, Rev. Fr. Nich. Annudu. Delivering a homily during the Mass, Bishop Ukwuoma noted that his visit to the parish was in line with his pastoral work and official assignment. Bishop Ukwuoma enjoined Christians to remain faithful to God…

Governor Obi showers N100m on Mission Hospitals

… He is a  blessing to humanity –Bishop The Anglican Bishop of Amichi Diocese, Most Reverend Dr. Ephraim Ikeakor has described Governor Peter Obi as a blessing not just to Anambra State, but to humanity at large. He made this comment while receiving a cheque of N10m for the continued renovation of Amichi Diocesan Hospital which was among the missionary-owned institutions Anambra State is supporting in her strategic partnership with the churches. The Bishop who prayed to God to raise more Peter Obis said that people like him were needed for the edification of society. The governor who on June…

Okigwe Anglican diocese ends synod

The second session of the Second Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe has ended at Cathedral Church of Saint Barnabas Okigwe, Imo State. The theme of the synod was “Stewardship of Giving: Its Blessing Opportunities and Challenges”. In his presidential address, the Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu reminded Christians that they are stewards who are managing what God has provided for them.  He said whatever they have, money, time, talents etc., should be used in serving God, adding that as Christians they are expected to administer these gifts faithfully on behalf of God. He thanked…

Calvary Intercessory Association celebrates 20th anniversary – Extols Spiritual Directors

Members of Calvary Intercessory Association (CIA) comprising more than eight dioceses from eight states in Nigeria, notably: Ekiti in Ekiti State, Ibadan in Oyo State, Awka in Anambra State, Umuahia in Abia State, Auchi in Edo State, Ahiara in Imo State, Issele-Uku in Delta State, Ondo in Ondo State and Mina diocese in the making, gathered in their numbers at St. Joseph’s Catholic parish Ushi, Ekiti Diocese, May 31 – June 2, 2013 and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their cherished association. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rev. Msgr. Edward Ogidan and concelebrated by Rev. Frs. Raph Osegboun,…

Democracy Day not for Celebration – Obi

Governor Peter Obi said that Democracy Day should ideally be used to reflect on the real meaning of democracy and ask ourselves if democracy is beneficial to all the people in the country, including the rich, the poor, the sick and the underprivileged. Governor Obi who was speaking when he visited and interacted with inmates of Oji-River Leprosy Centre. Obi said he visited the centre on the invitation of the Archbishop of Enugu Province and Bishop of Oji-River Diocese, Most Reverend Amos Mmadu, especially on the realization that the inhabitants of the centre cut across the States of the South-East,…

Orlu celebrates Archbishop Brian Udaigwe

It was a joyful and memorable day, Saturday, May 13, 2013 at Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu, as the diocese trooped out en masse to receive Archbishop Brian Udaigwe, who was recently appointed a Titular Archbishop of Suelli and Apostolic Nuncio to Benin Republic.  The occasion began with a Pontifical Holy Mass officiated by Archbishop Brian Udaigwe himself. Delivering a homily during the Mass, the Bishop Emeritus of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha described it as an occasion for thanksgiving and the first official Holy Mass of the new Archbishop.  The Prelate noted that within five years, the diocese of…

Bandits raid Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku

-As Anglican Church beefs up security following robbery attack on cathedral. As cases of kidnapping appear to be receding in Owerri Metropolis, bandits are shifting their notorious activities to homes, churches and their institutions. Last week, armed robbers raided Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku, owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, carting away cash and hospital equipment. The Administrator of the hospital, Rev. Fr. Eunan Asomugha said the hoodlums numbering about 10 struck at about 12 midnight on Saturday, May 25, overpowered the security men before breaking into offices. The priest said they broke into his office and any other office…

Full text of Bishop Okpaleke’s Post-ordination speech (2)

Contd. from last edition In a lighter mood, let me confess that now I know firsthand the emotions women go through when they are getting married. It is like being transplanted from one location to another with the uncertainties and adaptation challenges therefrom. The experience is made worse if the woman notices sins of non-acceptance by some in her place of marriage. But many women know that in spite of the roughness of the beginnings, better days could be ahead and that the best way to ensure better days ahead is by loving and serving all irrespective of what has…

Bishop Okpaleke Ordained for Ahiara

Msgr. Peter Okpaleke was on Tuesday May 21, consecrated Bishop of Ahiara Diocese amidst tight security. The Episcopal Ordination which was earlier scheduled to take place at Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Ahiara was suddenly shifted to the Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri for security reasons. However, the ceremony was peaceful and successful as there was no report of any breach of peace. The Most. Rev. Anthony Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri and Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province presided over the ceremony assisted by over 40 Catholic bishops including the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Kasujja, His Eminence John Cardinal…

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…

Orlu Diocese rolls out red carpet for Apostolic Nuncio Brian Udaigwe

The Catholic Diocese of Orlu has arranged a colourful reception for their son, Most Rev. Dr. Brian Udaigwe whose Arch-Episcopal Consecration took place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Vatican City in Rome. The reception begins on Friday, May 17, when the Orlu Presbyterium and the laity will file out to herald the arrival of the young Archbishop at the Imo Airport.  On Saturday, May 18, the Nuncio will hold an Episcopal thanksgiving Mass with the Catholic faithful of Orlu Diocese at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu. This will prepare for the real home-coming of the Nkume-born star as…