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August 14, 2018

I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS JOHN 15:15 (2)

If we may ask him who his brothers are; he says ‘my brothers are those who hear the word of God and keep it.’ Those who give heed to the commandment of love by seeing the face of Christ in the most vulnerable and defenseless in our society. Walter Burghardt, S.J. in his book Preaching the Just Word, evangelizes that in trying to live Jesus’ declared mission, we should not only struggle to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to prisoners and sight to the blind, but we should actually strive to ‘send the downtrodden away relieved.’ [Luke…

I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS JOHN 15:15

“I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father.”  John 15:15 We all have friends, and we enjoy being in friendship with them. This is because, their company is invaluable. It is because they are always there. We are always filled with the albums of memories of the past moments, and the love which encompassed our encounters with them. We can never forget them; we remember the mysterious ways in which we met them for the…

Umuezeala-Owerre receives Sister Aririatu

It was celebration galore at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Umuezeala-Owerre in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area when a daughter of the community and newly professed Sister Lilian Okwudiri Aririatu returned home to thank God for His favour. Dozens of priests from the various parishes Sister Lilian had worked during her teenage years, trooped out to celebrate with her. Also several of her colleagues from the Missionary sisters of Divine Providence, who were professed together with her at Holy Ghost Parish, Bertua Archdiocese, Cameroun on May 25, 2013 were at the church to celebrate with their colleague. In his homily,…

St. Columba’s Parish Agbaghara-Nsu confers “Ezi Nwanwa” Award

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of St. Columba’s Parish Agbaghara Nsu, Ehime Mbano LGA, recently conferred the “Ezi Nwanwa” award on eight illustrious nephews whose mothers originated from the community. In his homily at the Mass preceding the awards, Very Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu, Parish Priest elucidated that the feast of Pentecost goes along with the seven gifts that bring succor to humanity. Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu assisted by Very Rev. Fr. Dr. S. Okeke the resident Priest and Rev. Fr. Adolphus Ofokpara posits that the spirit of God exist in man and when the spirit exit from man, the…

Mr. Chucks Obiodu: DRIVEN BY PASSION

With a passion for business and a determination to be a haulage contractor just like his father, young Chucks Obiodu went to school knowing exactly what he wanted to do for a living. When life wanted to take him down a different path, he quickly made a U –turn and returned to his dream. Although his older siblings took up jobs in mining, telecommunications, teaching and health sectors, Chucks, the last of five children, preferred to stick with his father. Even so, the young Chucks did not choose his dad so he could work for him or inherit the business…

Exclusive Interview: Why I converted to Catholic faith

–          Former Anglican  Knight, Sir Abel Ikenyiri   Chief Sir Abel Ezeala Ikenyiri, native of Umuemeke-Ama Ibeowere Agbaja, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, born into a family of Anglican ancestry, rose to the ranks of a knight of the Anglican Church and lay pay-master narrates verbatim how he was caught up in the “whirlwind” of Catholic faith and the “mountain” moved over. Our Okigwe reporter, PeterClaver Ubochi, traced the former Anglican ‘Big Oga’ to his tranquil Umuemekeama (Agbaja) village, had a field day with the man of faith as he speaks on the circumstances of his conversion, its aftermath, an assessment…