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May 25, 2018

Celebrating the 2018 World Communications Day – The Pope Speaks

  On this Sunday,(May 13), all roads will lead to the popular Maria Assumpta Cathedral where all the media workers from across the State and beyond with their friends and well-wishers will join their counter parts all over the world to celebrate their annual World Communications Day. This annual intellectual harvest which is open to all starts by 9: am with a concelebrated high Mass at the Cathedral, followed by a lecture on this year’s theme by an eminent scholar carefully chosen by His Grace Most Reverend Anthony J.V. Obinna. It is expected that he will do justice to this…

Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture Series, 22 years after

Odenigbo 2017

Next, Saturday, the 2nd day of September 2017, all Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well-wishers from within and outside Nigeria, gather at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day. The Owerri Archdiocesan day is an annual festivity which primarily recalls the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri to an Archdiocese and ultimately to the status of metropolitan See within the Owerri Ecclesiastical province. Over time, the renowned Odenigbo lecture – “NkuziOhanaEze,” scripted and delivered in Igbo Language has turned out…

Praying for a better future at this New Year

Today human race joins the company of angels and saints in stepping boldly into the year 2017 amidst confusion issuing from a troubled world and groaning humanity. We are celebrating a new year in a world in which brutality has become humanity’s daily portion. Overlooking the sad situation of things in Imo State and in Nigeria one stretches his imagination unto France, Syria, Iraq and Iran, unto Ukraine, Pakistan, the United States of America, Mexico and other human locations unknown to the modern Media. In all these places, confusion stands tall. Here in Nigeria, the situation is worse than ever….

Silver Jubilee: Ngor-Okpala celebrates Fr. George Nwachukwu

It is usually said that a prophet is not known in his home town. But  the veracity  of  that expression was lacking  when the entire Catholic faithful of Ngor-Okpala rallied at  St Peter’s Parish  Onyeaghalanwanneya  on Tuesday December 27, 2016 to celebrate their son,  Very Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu who  was marking his priestly silver Jubilee. The celebration which was marked with a Eucharistic celebration had in attendance over 10 priests with the Jubilerian as chief celebrant and Rev. Msgrs. Theophilus Okere and Anselm Nworgu concelebrating, among other priests. Welcoming his guests, Fr. Nwachukwu noted with excitement that the…

Leadership is for service, not intimidation – Fr Ralph Madu

…As Fr George Nwachukwu celebrates silver jubilee When, on being sworn-in, late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua stated that he was going to adopt a servant leadership model, he used the metaphor to draw attention to the simplicity, sacrifice and self-giving sense of service that he hoped to bring to leadership. This he tried to live out in his presidency in spite of his fragile health. Today the notion of servant leadership and its option for the poor poses a serious challenge to Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. Rev Fr Ralph Madu, Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, recalled…

How best do we celebrate this Valentine Day?

Today we commemorate the Christian festival of love otherwise known as Valentine or Lover’s Day. This is a purely Christian celebration which the Western world has appropriated for her selfish interests. Unfortunately, this generation wallows in ignorance of the origin and purposeful intent of this golden feast of love. The origin of Valentine day or lovers’ day as we may like to call it hinges on a historical fact. The Catholic Encyclopedia narrates that Valentine from who the feast emanated and became institutionalized was a priest of the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church who ministered during the third century…

Celebrating Ash Wednesday And Lent In A Troubled Nigeria

lent

This coming Wednesday, the Church allover the world, Catholics and non-Catholics alike celebrates the peculiar feast of Ashes. This day has popularly been labeled“Ash Wednesday” on account of the ritual Ash in which almost all the Christians willingly participate. The ritual celebration of Ashes on this Wednesday marks the solemn beginning of the Lenten season. The rite of blessing and distribu­tion of burnt ashes on the forehead of every participating Christian is the major liturgy of the day. It lasts from morning to night and ashes are sent to those in the hospitals, those incapacitated, bedridden and those inprisons. To…

Jubilee Year Of Mercy: A Call To Every Nigeria Christian

Today the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by His Holiness Pope Francis begins in our Archdiocese and other Catholic Dioceses in Nigeria. The solemn entry through the Holy Door of the popular St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome which took place on the 8th of December 2015, the feast of Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother is replicating at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri. The solemn entry into Assumpta Cathedral through the central door signals the inauguration of this year long spiritual journey. The following were present at the inauguration of the jubilee: All Episcopal Zonal Vicars, the Religious, the…

Advent: An Opportune Moment for Self Examination

The term Advent came from the Latin word Adentus meaning A COMING which is the actual translation of the Greek word’ parousia. To talk about ad­vent implies that someone or something is coming or will come. It is a period that commemorates the great expectation and longing of mankind over years for the coming of the Saviour. The liturgical time of Advent is a period of waiting for divine action, a divine intervention, a waiting for God’s gesture towards us. We wait with the Old Testa­ment St. John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary in prepara­tion for the arrival…

A meditation on the meaning of Christmas

Christmas is a Christian celebration; it is the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  Etymologically the name “Christmas” came from the old English; Cristes and Maesse, meaning Christ’s Mass or the Mass celebrating the feast of Christ’s birthday. There is no generally accepted position regarding the exact date of Christmas.  While Christians of the Latin rite celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, their counterparts in the East do same on the 6th day of January.  According to them, this date marks the manifestation of God in both the birth and baptism of Jesus. However, in our contemporary society,…