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July 16, 2018

Owerri Provincial JDPC unveils programme for Democracy, good governance

Rev. Fr. Anthony Jiwuba, Director, Owerri Provincial JDPC with seminar participants at the St. Mary's Cathedral Okigwe.

  The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Owerri Province has rolled out a well-articulated plan of action to insure the reign of democracy and good governance in Nigeria as a new political dispensation fast approaches. The Owerri Provincial Director of JDPC, Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Jiwuba made the disclosure at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Okigwe, during a seminar on Democracy and Good governance held June 30, 2018, in continuation of the on-going voter enlightenment programme in Okigwe diocese. According to the JDPC Director, similar fora have been held in the Ihitte/Uboma Deanery of the Diocese (Imo State). Expectedly, the…

Okigwe Diocese honours Ezinna Francis Ukanyirioha as Ugwunna

Okigwe Diocese honours Ezinna Francis Ukanyirioha as Ugwunna

  Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amatu, Catholic bishop of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist heralding the bestowment of Ugwunna and Pillar of Church awards to distinguished individuals for their selfless services and philanthropic contributions for the growth of the church and humanity. The occasion took place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Okigwe. Among the honorees included Ugwunna Francis Chukwunenye P. Ukanyirioha, a native of Umuoyo Ekwereocha Autonomous Community, Ihitte-Uboma LGA; a distinguished veteran police officer who bagged the Inspector General of Police Annual Meritorious Commendation after an intensive course on security. Ugwunna Francis Ukanyirioha, a…

St Columba Nsu marks 100 years of Catholicism

Bishop Amatu Msgr Ofoegbu and Very Rev Cajethan Ehiem during the celebration

  It was with pomp and pageantry that the Catholic faithful drawn from Mbano, Obowo, Ihitte and Ehime celebrated the centenary anniversary of St. Columba Parish Nsu. The ceremony began with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Solomon Amatu on Saturday 14th April 2018. The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese concelebrated with over 300 priests including Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu, Very Rev. Fr. Cajethan Ehiem, Vicar General 1, Rev. Dr. B.A.A Osuji, Fr. Dr. S. Okeke, Fr. Oliver Amaechi, Fr. Emma Osuji, Rev. Fr. Kelechi Uzuegbu, Fr. Maurice Jiwike, Fr. Barr. Anthony Chidi Onyenagada among others. In his homily, Fr. Maurice…

Mrs. Martina Anyanwu joins Saints Triumphant

Mrs. Martina Anyanwu joins Saints Triumphant

  Bishop Solomon Amamchukwu Amatu, the Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist at the funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of late Mrs. Martina Chinyere Anyanwu at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Umuezeala – Owerre, Ehime-Mbano LGA, Imo State, on Saturday 3rd March 2018.   Bishop Amatu concelebrated the requiem Mass with very Rev. Joseph Nwoha, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Chukwu Finbarr, curate, Rev. Bartholomew Okorie, Rev. Fr. Vitalis Ekemiri and Rev. Fr. Joseph Anyanwu, who came from Lagos Archdiocese. In his homily, Bishop Amatu felicitated with the concelebrants, the religious, the bereaved family and the congregation….

Bishop Amatu calls for upholding  of church integrity

  Those who receive special recognitions from the church have been charged to conduct themselves well, so as to preserve the integrity of the church. Most Rev. S.A. Amatu, Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese gave the admonition as he performed the investiture of Sir Jude Chibueze Ukanyirioha (KSJI), who was recently honoured as Papal Knight of St. Sylvester (KSS) by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe, 23rd December 2017. The prelate elucidated on the modalities of selecting a papal awardee and said the few selected were mere samples of a lot more eligible candidates in…

CWO Okigwe Diocese ends 2017 Annual Seminar

Seeks more Christian women involvement in governance Fetes Bishop S.A. Amatu The 2017 annual seminar of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Okigwe Diocese held between 24th to 26th November 2017 at the CWO Conference Centre, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe has ended with a clarion call on Christian women to seek more involvement in political governance in order to effect desired change in the polity. Delegates came from all parishes in the Diocese.     In a keynote address the CWO Diocesan President, Nneoma Amb. Clara Ugha welcomed all delegates, their spiritual directors, and also unveiled the guest lecturers as…

Nneoma Ugha extols Bishop Amatu for realizing Diocesan dream

Nneoma Clara Ugha DCCWOP with Ichie Zaccheus Ugha husband receiving award from Bishop S A Amatu

Reacts to her recent “Ambassador” Award The President Okigwe Diocesan Catholic Women Organization (ODCWO) Nneoma Clara O. Ugha strongly believes that the incumbent Local Ordinary of the Diocese, Most Rev Solomon Amatu, is on the verge of arriving the dreamland of the founding fathers of Okigwe Diocese. The women apex leader expressed her conviction while interacting with reporters shortly after being conferred with an award of Worthy Ambassador of the Diocese, recently at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. She cited the completion of the ultra-modern Diocesan Secretariat, the Pastoral/Retreat Centre and the Cathedral building projects which according to the…

KSM Supreme Knight is dead

Bro Myke-Mary Nwosu (KSM) is dead

  The Supreme Knight of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, Engr. (Barr.) Myke-Mary Nwosu is dead. He died on Monday, November 13, after a brief illness. He was aged 73. The Owerri Metropolitan Grand Knight (MGK) Prince Eugene Emeakaroha announced the death during the Owerri Metropolitan Council meeting held at Mulumba Hall on Tuesday. A minute silence was held in his honour by the council members. It should be recalled that the late Supreme Knight, attended the 2017 Odenigbo Lecture in Owerri on September 3, 2017. He also presided over the investiture ceremony of 4th Degree Knights…

Need for committed service to God stressed

Sir Sab Nnaochie receiving the award from Bishop Amatu while Lady Cordelia Nnaochie wife watches in admiration

As Sir Sab Nnochie is honoured by Okigwe Diocese Christians have once more been reminded of the need to render diligent and dedicated service to God, devoid of lip service and pretences. Chief Sebastine Chijioke Nnaochie, an opinion moulder and 4th Degree Knight of St. Mulumba (Nig) made the call in an interaction with newsmen at the Cathedral of Immaculate conception Okigwe, shortly after he was conferred with the prestigious Worthy Ambassador Award instituted by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Okigwe Diocese chapter. Chief Nnaochie who expressed pleasant surprise that his humble contributions to the growth of the church…

LSM Ugiri unveils 3rd Pet Project: Donates 2-bedroom flat to widow

LSM Ugiri unveils 3rd Pet Project 3

– National President rates Sub-Council Nigerian best Ladies of the Knights of St. Mulumba (LSM) Nigeria, Ugiri Sub-Council led by President Dr. Lady Rose-Colette Ngozi Ewurum, Sunday 8th October 2017, unveiled their 3rd Pet Project tagged, “Lending to the Lord (Prov. 19:17).” The beneficiary was a widow, Mrs. Rose Anunobi, native of Umunwagba village, Umuozu Ugiri Isiala Mbano LGA Imo State, who was on the occasion ushered into a 2-bedroom flat with kitchen and conveniences. Two beneficiaries of the preceding 1st and 2nd Pet Projects of equally 2-bedroom flat each were Mrs. Christiana Dike, native of Amaraku Isiala Mbano in…

Laity are pillars of Catholic Church – Bishop Amatu

Laity are pillars of Catholic Church - Bishop Amatu

– As Okigwe Diocesan Laity Council honors faithful Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amamchukwu Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Okigwe, Imo State on Saturday 14th October 2017 heralding the investiture and elevation of select faithful by the Diocesan Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria led by Barr. B.E.A Ebearo (KSM). The prelate of Okigwe Diocese concelebrated the Eucharist with Very Rev. Monsignor Vitus Ohagwa, Chaplain of the Diocesan Laity Council and Monsignor Prof. Simon Anyanwu, the Chancellor of Okigwe Diocese with a retinue of priests. In his homily, Bishop Amatu expressed profound salutary…

23 Priests Ordained for Okigwe Diocese

23 Priests Ordained for Okigwe Diocese

No fewer than 23 Deacons were ordained priests for the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe on Saturday 30th September 2017 at the cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. The ordaining prelate was the local Ordinary of Okigwe, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu in league with the Bishop of Kaya Diocese in Burkina Faso, Most Rev. Thomas Kabore. In a homily at the Mass that witnessed an unprecedented mammoth congregation, Bishop Amatu noted with delight that the ordination has moved up the numerical strength of the Diocesan Presbyterium from about 432 to over 455 in 2017, a developments which the prelate described as an…

Msgr Anyanwu lists factors militating against marriage

Msgr Anyanwu lists factors militating against marriage

…As Okigwe Diocesan CWO ends 2017 August Confab It was a joyful home-coming and happy re-union for Catholic women in Okigwe Diocese as those of them living in the Diaspora joined their home counterparts for the grand-finale of the 2017 edition of the CWO August home and abroad annual meeting. The theme of this year’s conference which drew representatives from parish and deanery levels is, “Catholic response to the social challenges of marriage and family life.” In his admonitions at the opening Mass of the event, the Diocesan Chaplain of the CWO, Msgr. (Prof.) Simon Anyanwu charged mothers to strive…

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…

KSM initiates Barr. Kelechi Emeakaroha into the order

“I was secretly investigated for 3 years by the order as I lived my normal, open life without noticing them” A round peg was certainly put in a round hole when Barr. Kelechi Emeakaroha popularly known as “Bishop” and his lovely wife Queen Ijeoma Emeakaroha were admitted into the noble Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (Nigeria), an Order where men and women vow to serve God through the church with their Time, Talent and Treasure (3 Ts). On Sunday July 30, 2017, at Mater Dolorosa Parish Ihitte, Ihitte/Uboma LGA of Imo State, when the new members initiated into…

Okigwe Diocese gets 7 new Monsignori

…Bishops Amatu, Ugorji perform investiture The seven priests of Okigwe Diocese recently named by Pope Francis as “Chaplain of his Holiness” were accordingly invested on Tuesday August 15, 2017 by the Bishop of Okigwe Most Rev. S.A. Amatu, accompanied by his Umuahia counterpart Most Rev. L.I. Ugorji. The seven priests elevated to the rank of Monsignor as contained in a letter to Most Rev. S.A. Amatu by the Apostolic Nunciature Abuja dated 22nd March 2017, are Msgr. Prof. Simon Anyanwu (Diocesan Chancellor), Msgr. Prof. Francis Nwachukwu (PP St. Patrick’s Ndiowerre Umuezegwu), Msgr. Dr. Greg Ohagwu (Dean Ihitte/Ubomma), Msgr. Cyriacus Uzoma…

Jubilation as Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu is elevated to Monsignor

The local ordinary of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu celebrated a Pontifical Mass to mark the investiture of seven monsignors for Okigwe Diocese on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at the Immaculate Heart Conception Cathedral.   Bishop Amatu concelebrated the Eucharist with Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia and a retinue of priests who include, Rev. Frs. Anthony Dieme, Callistus Ogu, Felix Ekemgba, and Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwoha among others.   Prior to the homily, Bishop Amatu eulogised the seven new monsignors who were appointed by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. According to him, he made recommendation for twelve Diocesan…

CWO Okigwe Diocese ends WUCCWO Week – Donates to charity

Activities marking the 2017 World Union Council of the Catholic Women Organization (WUCCWO) week in Okigwe Diocese was wrapped up Monday 5th June 2017, with courtesy visits to charity homes and the handicapped in the Diocese.   A release from the WUCCWO Regional Assembly office gave the theme of this year’s celebration as “WUCCWO Women, sowers of Hope: Commissioned to go out and bear fruits” (Jn 15:16).   The week-long activities kicked-off at parishes and were expected to feature retreat, seminar, rosary procession, visiting the less privileged and other activities as indicated by the Diocesan Council.   In her address,…

Okigwe Diocesan CWO President Nneoma Clara Ugha buries mum, Late Madam Martha Emeribe – As Catholic Clerics storm Anglican church

The remains of late madam Martha Emeribe were committed to mother earth in her husband’s compound in Umuja village Umunakanu in Ehime Mbano, after a funeral service at St. Matthais Anglican church Umuakanu I, Akanuezeala Archdeaconry Ehime Mbano Imo State.   Though the departed mother of the Okigwe Diocesan Catholic Women Organization president (CWO) lived and died an Anglican, her funeral was attended by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, including no fewer than eleven Catholic Priests, the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of the CWO, the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), the Laity Council. Other bodies in attendance were the Okigwe Diocesan…

Holy Ghost Parish Uboma dedicated …Bishop Amatu reiterates recourse to the Eucharist

As in the days of King Solomon, the glory of the Lord filled the temple when Bishop Solomon Amatu prayed for the dedication of the Holy Ghost Parish Uboma, Okigwe Diocese, Sunday 30th April 2017. In his admonitions, Bishop Amatu reaffirmed the sanctity of a dedicated church as the abode of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, reserved exclusively for the worship of God in truth and in spirit where no desecration or frivolity are entertained. He reiterated that the body of believers are living stones integral to the mystical body of Christ. The Bishop urged the faithful to always resort…