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May 24, 2018

St Michael’s CMO Ihiagwa celebrates Fathers’ Day

Members of the Catholic Men Organization pose after Mass

– Fr Opurum charges fathers to be Ambassadors of Christ – CMO confers ‘Ezinna’ awards on parishioners The 2018 Fathers’ Day was celebrated with glamour by members of the Catholic Men’s Organiztion (CMO) of St Michael’s Parish Ihiagwa in Owerri West LGA. Activities for this year’s fathers’ Day kicked off with a two-day retreat organized for the men by the CMO on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May, 2018. It was preached by Rev. Fr. Philip Ojimanu. The fathers still in the mood of celebration had a novelty football match between St. Matthew and St Peter groups of the CMO….

Coronation: Chief Christopher Amadi crowned Traditional Ruler of Okolochi

Archbishop Anthony Obinna, HRH Eze Christopher Amadi, his Ugoeze and members of the Eze's cabinet

– Use your reign to witness for Christ – Archbishop Obinna A mammoth crowd of friends, business associates, royal fathers, Knights and Ladies of the church (especially Knights of St John International – KSJI) Friday, April 13, witnessed the coronation of Chief (Sir) Christopher Chukwuemeka Amadi, as the Traditional Ruler and Ochi II of the Okolochi Autonomous  Community in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State. Venue was St. Joseph Catholic Church Okolochi. The spectacular and innovative feature of the ceremony was the role played by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, the Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna in the…

St Mary’s Parish Eziobodo celebrates Mother’s Day

Rev Fr Vernatius Ukachukwu with parish CWO exco

  It was a joyful day at St Mary’s Catholic Parish Eziobodo Owerri West L.G.A., April 8, 2018 as the Christian mothers joined their counterparts across the country to celebrate this year’s Mother’s day. The first phase of the occasion started with a Eucharistic Mass presided over by the parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Vernatius Ukachukwu. Delivering the homily, Fr. Ukachukwu said that one of the reasons for the gathering was to thank God for the gift of motherhood. He encouraged mothers to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model. He advised the youths to always appreciate their mothers…

Fatal Punishment: Student dies in Imo while doing frog jump

Queenderline Chinatu Ekezie

    …Ordered by soldiers Tragedy struck at Army Day Secondary School Obinze, Owerri West LGA Imo State, Thursday February 15, when a 15-year old female student slumped while doing frog jump allegedly ordered by soldiers in the school and later died. The student, Queenderline Chinatu Ekezie from Umuoso Mgbuisii in Ohaji/Egbema LGA was being punished for coming late to school that fateful day when the tragedy struck. The victim who became exhausted after repeating the exercise several times, was said to have collapsed. PUNCH Metro learnt that Queendaline, who was in Junior Secondary School 3, was with a colleague,…

Holy Family Parish Umunwoha celebrates feast day

  Parishioners of Holy Family Catholic Church Umunwoha in Owerri West LGA, Imo State on Sunday 31st December, 2017 trooped out in their numbers to celebrate last year’s feast of their parish. The occasion,  was attended by a large number of disabled and sick persons from various parts of the Archdiocese.  The celebration is part of the activities slated to mark 2017 as the year of mercy. It started with a Holy Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Benedict Onukwufor, the assistant parish priest of St. Mark’s New Owerri assisted by Rev. Fr. Cosmas Onukwugha, the parish priest, Rev. Fr….

St. Helen’s Parish Irete celebrates with disabled persons …Presents gift items

St. Helen's Parish Irete celebrates

  It was celebration galore recently at St. Helen’s Catholic Parish Irete in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State, where the Parish Priest, Monsignor Anthony Eke and the members of St. Vincent De Paul organized a Christmas party for disabled persons. The ceremony which commenced immediately after 9.30 mass experienced tremendous turn out of those with disabilities across the 27 LGA’s of the state numbering over 300. Speaking at the ceremony, Msgr. Eke  enjoined them to always be happy and put their trust in God in every circumstances. He explained that the church decided to organize the get together…

Pomp as St Patrick’s Okuku marks double celebration

Archbishop Obinna Fr Amadi PP with the candidates of confirmation shortly after the anniversary Mass

  Golden and centenary jubilees are two rare anniversaries in human endeavour.  Whereas many in desirous manner look forward to getting hold of them, especially the immediate, it is only a few who succeed in this direction.  This theory however was defied at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Okuku, Owerri West L.G.A. when the parish priest and his parishioners celebrated the historic 100 years of their Catholic faith and 50 years their Church attained parish status, Sunday November 12. His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri was there with his pastoral team as the celebrating faithful dazzled…

FUTO VC promises to partner with Church …As St Michael’s Ihiagwa marks Feast Day

FUTO VC promises to partner with Church

Moral and character molding, two of the outward behavioral signs in human nature, where the church remains for ages a leading voice through her untiring teachings and evangelization have been extolled by Prof. Francis Eze, Vice-Chancellor Federal University of Technology Owerri, Sunday October 1. The university don said as head of institution where future life and character of the young ones remain paramount in policy making, he has no option than to partner with the church authorities in making sure the society is kept safe for human habitation. Prof. Eze made this revelation at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Ihiagwa, Owerri…

Herdsmen invade Imo community, destroy multi-million naira crops

Men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have invaded farmlands in Amakohia-Ubi Autonomous Community In the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, destroying crops and other valuable items estimated at millions of Naira in the process. The farmers who arrived their farmlands on Thursday morning counted their losses owing to the degree of destruction wreaked on their farmlands by the yet-to-be-identified cattlemen. Confirming the incident, the President General of the community, Cyril Ndumanya, said the incident had left the community, especially the farmers, in a state of despair. Ndumanya lamented that with the level of destruction done on the…

KSJI carries out Evangelization at St Paul’s Parish Nekede

Knights and Ladies of St. John International (KSJI), who hail from four Local Government Areas of Owerri and Ngor-Okpala, Sunday October 30, converged at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Nekede, Owerri West LGA to share the word of God with the parishioners. The occasion was the Third Quarterly meeting of the KSJI Owerri – Ngor Okpala Fraternity for this year, which kicked off with a Holy Mass, at which the Parish cmf Priest, Rev. Fr. Paschal Nnadozie was the Chief celebrant. It also concided with the 2016 Youth Harvest of the Parish. Preaching the homily, Fr. Nnadozie, who drew his lesson…

Imo NUJ boss mourns Avu traditional ruler, Eze Okere

Former Imo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and National Trustee of the union, Chief Fidel Onyeneke has described the death of the traditional ruler of Avu ancient kingdom in Owerri West LGA of Imo, Eze Benneth Okere as a monumental loss not only to his immediate community, but to the entire Nigerian nation. In a condolence message to the Eze’s family and Avu people, Chief Onyeneke said that Eze Okere who retired as a superior police officer, served the nation creditably before ascending the traditional throne. The media consultant noted that the late monarch ruled his…

Herdsmen with AK-47

The recent wanton killing of over 300 harmless Agatu indigenes of Benue State by suspected Hausa-Fulani cattle rearers, once again brings to the fore their increasing menace and nervelessness of the Federal Government to deal with the harassment of innocent Nigerians by these herdsmen. Two weeks earlier, villagers in Tom Anyiin and Tom-Attan communities, Mbaya Tombu in Burukutu LGA, also of Benue State were rattled from sleep by reverberating sound of sporadic gunshots from some Fulani cattle rearers, a shooting spree that claimed many lives. It beats our imagination to understand why such cold blooded massacre should occur in those…

Praises galore as Mr.& Mrs. Nzereogu celebrate marriage Golden Jubilee

All roads Wednesday, December 30, 2015 led to St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Umuguma Owerri West LGA, Imo State where Mr. Ignatius Nzereogu and his wife, Justina celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage amidst praises and jubilation. Speaker after speaker, during the reception, held at the church field eulogized the couple for their steadfastness to each other, exemplary married life to fellow Christians, generosity to the poor and needy and for leadership role both in the church and community. The joy that radiated from the face of the Jubilarians as well as friends and well wishers is best imagined than…

Our Lady of Lourdes celebrates Youth Day, launches Ultra Modern Store

Rev. Fr. John Obilor, Rev. Fr. Xavier Francis Ekwugha and the youths A new ultra modern store has been launched at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish Avu in the Owerri-West LGA. The ceremony which took place at the church premises on Sunday, November 15, 2015 attracted dignitaries from various walks of life, particularly friends and well-wishers of the church. The event started with a Eucharistic celebration by Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor. Deliverying a homily during the thanksgiving Mass celebrated for the youths, Fr. Obilor reminded Christ’s faithful that those who receive the word of God have been given…

25 couples wed at Holy Family Church Umunwoha

  A record-setting mass wedding ceremony took place at Umunwoha Holy Family Catholic Church Irete Owerri-West LGA on Saturday 31st October, 2015 as 25 couples exchanged vows in front of a large congregation of  faithful. The wedding Mass, which attracted friends and well-wishers was officiated by  the chief host, Rev. Fr. Cosmas Onukwugha, the Parish Priest, assisted by Rev. Fr. Samuel Agu and Rev. Fr. Vernatius Ukachukwu. Delivering the homily, Fr. Agu traced the origin of  the Sacrament of Matrimony to the old testament and harped on its importance to the individual Christian man or woman and for the church…

Kidnappers free Varsity don’s wife in Owerri

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

  Lolo Esther Uzoma, wife of Prof. Protus Uzoma, a university lecturer and newspaper columnist, who was abducted last Sunday in her World Bank Estate Owerri, has been set free. Gunmen had abducted Lolo Uzoma at about 10 pm last Sunday. Her husband, Prof. Uzoma who is also a columnist with several newspapers, told reporters that the armed men had stormed their residence on Sunday night, asking for his whereabouts and his wife had told them that he was not around. However, after ransacking the whole house, they took her away at gunpoint. His words: “Yesterday (Sunday) at about 10…

Anglican Bishop tasks Security over Rev. Fr. Osuagwu’s Killers

  An Anglican Prelate Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has described as most unfortunate the shocking and horrific murder of Rev. Fr. Denis Osuagwu (cmf) in Owerri in Imo State, a State with various network of security outfit .The Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu who bemoaned the gruesome killing during a Eucharistic service of confirmation, admission and induction for Eziobodo parish at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Eziobodo Owerri West local government , Imo State, wondered what could have informed the killing of a man of God in the manner they did. The Bishop pointed out that it was a…

St. Patrick’s Umuorim Nekede Hosts Mass wedding

The new couples with Fr. Kenneth Anujurulam shortly after their wedding St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuorim Nekede in Owerri West LGA of Imo State has hosted the mass wedding of seven lucky couples, courtesy of the Catholic Women Organization (C.W.O.)  2015 August Meeting. One of the brides a non-Catholic was duly baptized and received into the Catholic Church by Rev. Fr. Kenneth Anujurulam before the wedding proper. Rev. Fr. Kenneth during his homily, explained the difference between Christianity and Islam. One of the  differences he said, was that Christianity is a religion that is based on evangelization and conviction, while…

Okorocha swears in seven new commissioners

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has sworn in seven new commissioners, including Patience Mbakwe, daughter of the first executive governor of old Imo state, the late Chief Sam Mbakwe and seven new local government caretaker committee chairmen. The new commissioners and local government caretaker committee chairmen were appointed to replace their predecessors who had resigned their appointments to pursue their political ambitions. The new commissioners, who have been assigned portfolios are Chief Chidi Ibe (Information and Strategy), Mr. Obinna Mbata (Internal Generated revenue), Ms. Patience Mbakwe (Industry and Non-formal Sector), Mr. Victor Ogbonna Amadi (Commerce and Market Development), Mr. Ikechukwu…

AUGUST MEETING: Owerri West set to win 2014 trophy

Women of Owerri West have been advised to work together as a team in order to win laurels during this year’s August meeting. Commissioner for Industry and Non-Formal Sector/Supervising Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Barr. Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro who gave this charge when she received a delegation of various women groups from Owerri West including Nneoma, APC, CGC and Vote Rochas Club Women Leaders enjoined them to eschew discrimination, envy and unhealthy rivalry. Barr. Nnanna-Okoro emphasized that no single individual or group can claim supremacy, but success can only come from team work based on discipline, hard work and unity…