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July 20, 2018

Bishop Amatu warns religious to avoid distractions

Late Bro Augustine Ojukwu laid to rest

… As Bro Augustine joins Saint Triumphant  The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, has advised the Religious to put up a cheerful face in all circumstances. The prelate gave this advice on Friday 15th June 2018 at the funeral of Rev. Bro. Augustine Ojukwu FMS. The chief shepherd observed that atimes, many religious behave as if they were forced into choosing that vocation. He extolled the late Religious, Bro. Augustine, as one who deserved to be emulated for showing no iota of regret in his choice of vocation. The Local ordinary used the story of a certain…

KSM invests 4th Degree Knights in Owerri Metro

KSM invests 4th Degree Knights in Owerri Metro

Top echelon of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria converged once more on the magnificent church of Immaculate Heart of Mary Alike Obowo in Okigwe Diocese on Sunday 3rd September 2017 for conferment of 4th Degree rank on 10 brothers and sisters of the Order. The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, was represented by the Vicar General I, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, at the Holy Mass preceding the investiture, which was performed by the Worthy Supreme Knight Engr/Barr. Myke-Mary Nwosu, assisted by some supreme officers of the Order among them Sis Pat Ngor Nwachukwu…

Christmas: Don’t succumb to recession -Bishop Amatu tells Nigerians

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu has enjoined Nigerians to fasten their belts and take the difficult times as they come instead of succumbing to its pressure; assuring them that they could still make good achievements in the face of recession. Bishop Amatu made the call at the Cathedral of Immaculate Cenception Okigwe in a Christmas message to the faithful, during an exclusive session with our Okigwe Correspondent, PeterClaver Ubochi, shortly after Celebrating the 2016 Special Christmas with members of Okigwe Diocesan Council of  Catholic Women Organization (OCCWO). He argued that in human history, there has not…

Papal Nuncio tours Obowo

During his recent pastoral tour of Okigwe Diocese, in which 25 deacons were ordained priests, the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Most Rev Augustine Kasujja, visited the first dedicated church in the Diocese, the Immaculate Heart Parish Alike Obowo, 25th September 2016. Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev Solomon Amatu who arrived the parish with the august visitor, his retinue and the host diocesan principal clergy walked into the waiting warm embrace of the Parish Administrator, Very Rev Fr Dr John Iweh and a large jubilant congregation of Christ’s faithful drawn from within and beyond Okigwe Diocese. Introducing, Bishop…

Don’t allow Igbo language to die – Bishop Amatu warns! …As Bro. Nick Anokwuru joins KSM

Sir and Lady Nicholas Anokwuru (KSM) at the event ground …10 new initiates give thanks to God The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for 10 new initiates of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Okigwe on Sunday 21st August, 2016. Bishop Amatu was assisted at the Mass by five clerics – Rev. Frs: Bartholomew Nnaemedo (Vicar-General) Mark Nnopu (Cathedral Admin), Livinus Iroh,  Emmanuel Obi and Chibuike Okeagu. In his homily, Bishop Amatu gave thanks to God for the initiates and their families for sacrificing their resources…

Eze Justice C. B. C. Uba, an incorruptible Judge

His Grace, Archbishop Anthony Obinna concelebrated a pontifical Vigil Mass for the repose of the soul of His Royal Highness Eze (Justice) C.B.C. Uba (KSM), Eze Udo I of Umunumo Autonomous Community and retired Chief Judge of Imo State on Friday 13th November 2015. In his homily at the Mass celebrated at the palace of the deceased Royal Father His Grace thanked God for the gift of the late Chief Judge. Archbishop Obinna observed that Late Justice Uba was a nice man who kept faith with God by living above board like Caesar’s wife and for taking his religious faith…

Okigwe Diocesan CWO ends 2015 August Meeting

  Activities for the 2015 Catholic Women Organization series of August Meetings in Okigwe Diocese have drawn to a close with the grand-finale apex Diocesan Council Conference held, Saturday 22nd August, 2015 at the CWO ultra modern conference centre, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. The new Diocesan CWO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Prof. Simon Anyanwu, Diocesan Chancellor, presided over the Holy Mass that flagged off activities for the day. Admonishing the mothers in a homily, Fr. Anyanwu enjoined them to remain vanguards of peace at home, parish, diocese and the wider society, since their role model, the Blessed Virgin Mary is…

Bishop Amatu grateful for CWO Support – As Okigwe Diocesan Council ends 2015 Annual Seminar

  The Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu has expressed gratitude to the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) in the Diocese for consistent partnership in the progress of the Diocese. The prelate made his feeling known when the Okigwe Diocesan CWO Executive paid him a courtesy visit as part of activities for the 2015 CWO Annual seminar  held 27-28 June 2015 at the CWO Ultra-Modern Conference Centre, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe, with the theme, “Catholic Women sowers of Hope as a common Good” His Lordship highlighted such areas in which the diocese has consistently received special assistance from…

Bishop Amatu admonishes Christians to have faith in God – As Fr. Ntamere’s mum goes home

  Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu concelebrated a Requiem Mass for the repose of late Chief Mrs. Veronica Ntamere at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Umuakagu-Nsu, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Monday, March 23, 2015. He was assisted by over 60 priests, who include, Msgr. Donatus Abiamiri, Very Rev. Fr. S. Okeke, Fr. Boniface Osuafor, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Obi Des O., Rev. Fr. Adolphus Oforokpara and Fr. Charles Nwchukwu.  Others include Frs. Bernard Iheoha, Michael Agbai, Frances Nwachukwu, Vincent Ogu, John Ifedigbo and Ikedi Obikonu among others. In his homily, Bishop Amatu,…

Okigwe Diocesan CWO Marks 2014 Day – Honours Prof. (Mrs.) Onwuliri, 182 others

Barr. Chief Chisara Egwim, Prof. Viola Onwuliri and Bishop S.A. Amatu after the conferment of CWO pillar award on the Minister. No fewer than 183 persons received various honorary awards from the Okigwe Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Organization (ODCCWO) during the organization’s 2014 feast day celebration held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe.  About 180 mothers bagged the prestigious Nneoma award; one Nneoma Nwere Ugwu was crowned while two received the CWO Pillar Award. In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration that marked the event, the Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu called on those in…

Okigwe Diocese ordains 20 new priests

Priestly celibacy being depleted by internet – Bishop Amatu warns No fewer than 20 Catholic priests were ordained for the Diocese of Okigwe on Saturday, September 27, 2014 by the Local Ordinary, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu. Venue was the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Podium, Okigwe. Admonishing the ordinands, Bishop Amatu described priesthood as a special gift of God to man. His Lordship however enjoined priests to appreciate the huge respect accorded them by people, which he said is but a manifestation of faith. The prelate maintained that the attraction is the Christ in the priest, not the man in the priest,…

Bishop Amatu flays noisy prayers … As Okigwe Diocese celebrates Feast of Sacred Heart

Christians have been admonished to shun the growing penchant for noisy praying which has invaded christendom as being propagated by media showbiz preachers and Nigeria firlm makers. The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu gave the advice at St. Anthony’s Parish Umunachi Osu Isiala Mbano during the 2014 Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, under the auspices of the apostleship of Prayer League of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Okigwe Diocese, Friday, June 27, 2014.  His Lordship noted with regret that the faithful were being lured to  noisy and violent prayer method often characterizsed by…

St. Theresa’s Umunakanu-Owerre dedicated

-As Bishop Amatu harps on sanctity of God’s temple St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish Umunakanu-Owerre, Ehime Mbano, like a mustard seed planted in 1923 as a Catholic mission by late catechist Joseph Nwodu grew into a station in 1952, became a parish-in-building 1996, attained full parish status in 2000, completed and dedicated 1st March 2014 by the Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu. Receiving the keys and other appurtenances of the church from the Dedication Committee Chairman, High Chief Richard Onwuka Egbule and the Parish Pastoral Council Chairman, Mr. Mike Anyiam, His Lordship described it as a “miracle church”,…

Ichie/Lolo Edmund Okoroafor mark gold in wedlock

-As Bishop tasks children on taking care of their parents Christian couples have been charged to always cling onto God to attain success.  Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Catholic Bishop of Okigwe said this at the Immaculate Heart Parish Alike Obowo, Sunday, December 29, 2013, while preaching a homily during the Mass to commemorate 50 years of marriage between Ichie Edmund and Lolo Augustina Okoroafor.  He said the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, which feast coincided with the jubilee celebration, did not have a smooth ride, but succeeded because they clung onto God all through their journey. He noted…

70 matriculate at School of Nursing, Umulogho

A total of 70 student nurses, who had successfully scaled through the often-dreaded Preliminary Training Studies (PTS) examination, were on Friday, December 6, 2013 capped during a colourful capping/matriculation ceremony of Batch 2012 set of the School of Nursing, Our Lady of Mercy Hospital Umulogho, Obowo. The ceremony, which was attended by parents and guardians of the matriculants, also attracted dignitaries from all walks of life including top government officials, health experts such as Principals of other schools of nursing in Imo State, priests and religious. His Lordship, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Catholic Bishop of Okigwe and proprietor of the…