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April 21, 2018

St John’s Umunahu Uratta …Parish agog as CWO marks maiden celebration

Fr Nnajiemere Mrs Mbisike and other CWO members

  St. John’s Catholic Church Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA is barely months of attaining parish status but the level of enthusiasm and active participation of religious activity by parishioners remains starling and something to be desired. Last Sunday, a mammoth crowed of worshippers joined their counterparts in various worshipping centers across the nation to mark this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration, and the event became a maiden edition that would linger on in the minds of participants. Introducing the Mass which heralded the activity-packed event, pioneer parish priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere expressed gratitude to God for the gift of…

Mothers’ Day Celebration: Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish

Assumpta Parish Mothers day

  Activities marking this year’s Mother’s Day celebration at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri were rounded off with presentation of various categories of awards to deserving recipients. Six people bagged “Soldiers of Mary” award, three received “Ezinne Award” while others received “Ideal Mothers” and “Precious Mothers” awards. The occasion which coincided with Divine Mercy Sunday began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, assisted by other priests working in the Cathedral, including the Administrator, Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru and the Chancellor/Secretary, Fr. Alphonsus Oha. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna commended Catholic women for taking care of the…

Overcome your passion for fashion Archbishop Obinna tells women

Archbishop Obinna blessing the kolanut during a reception organized by the parish CWO.

  As mothers compete with the younger generation in keeping in touch with ongoing trend in fashion, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri has advised Catholic women to “overcome the passion for fashion.” Preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark this year’s Mother’s Day, April 8, Archbishop Obinna reminded women that fashion, money and power are vanity of vanities which will one day vanish. He said it was more important to take care of the soul than the body because when death comes it shatters the human body. He called on women to…

Associate Missionary Society of St Paul visits Sacred Heart Home Owerri

Associate Missionary Society of St Paul visits Sacred Heart Home Owerri

  The Associate Missionary Society of St Paul Nigeria, Orlu zone, visited Sacred Heart Home Owerri on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 as part of their annual Corporal Work visitation on such day. The theme for this year’s visitation is “Encouraging our Priests in Home”. The Orlu zone of the association comprises Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe and Ahiara Dioceses. Among the representatives at the event were the zonal chairman, Tobias Osuala, and other zonal officers including Mr. Damian Nwauzo, Chief Livinus Okorougo, Mr. Mike Nwagi and Ezinna Barth Edom Eze. In his remark, the zonal chairman, Mr. Osuala said the society…

Family values declining in Igboland – Claretian Priest

Family values declining in Igboland - Claretian Priest

  The moral and ethical values and principles traditionally upheld and transmitted in Igbo society such as hardwork, honesty, prudence, self-worth, family pride, integrity, fear of God etc, are dying gradually in Igboland. A Claretian Priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Uche cmf raised the alarm during a Retreat for Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council Owerri. The Lenten Retreat took place at St. Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri. Fr. Uche observed that these core values of Ndigbo are progressively being abandoned rather than being reinforced as parents are no longer interested in transmitting the values which have major…

Stop Pitting Catholic Church against APC 

  APC Chieftain warns Okorocha   THE Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has pleaded with Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to stop pitting the Catholic Church against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and, by extension, President Muhammadu Buhari. Okechukwu said he was pained to read a report credited to the governor where he allegedly ‘dared, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, saying that the Catholic prelate cannot install an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as governor in Imo State in 2019. The APC chieftain urged the people of Imo State and Ndigbo worldwide not to take Okorocha as…

Archbishop Obinna Inaugurates Assumpta Parish Council

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and Parish Priest Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Sunday, Feb. 24, inaugurated the Parish Pastoral Council. Speaking during the inauguration, Archbishop Obinna said because of the four-year tenure regime the new Parish Council will be the last he will appoint before his retirement. Catholic Bishops are expected to retire at the age of 75. Archbishop Obinna will be 72 this year. He therefore charged the councilors to show commitment in their various posts and co-operate with the Administrator who represents him in the Pastoral administration of the parish. Turning to…

KSM: Bishop Unegbu Sub-Council Owerri comes on board

Bro JohnBosco Uhie the Worthy GK presenting the address before the Archbishop

  …Members pay maiden visit to Archbishop Obinna Executive members of Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Owerri were on a courtesy call at the Maria Assumpta Villa Owerri where they presented their newly carved out Sub-Council to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Wednesday March 7. The Exco members who were also in the company of their newly assigned Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Charles Ikwuegbu said they were on the visit to show their allegiance and solidarity to the Archbishop. Their address which was presented by their Worthy Grand Knight, Bro….

Thousands throng St. Paul’s Owerri as Ejike Uche buries mother in-law

  St. Paul’s Catholic Church Owerri was filled to as the remains of Ezinne Francisca Onyemuwa Njoku, mother in-law of the National Deputy Chairman (South) of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, were laid to rest, March 2. In a sermon during the funeral Mass, the assistant parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henry, reminded people that they will all die some day and urged them to love God and worship Him in truth and in spirit. The priest noted that there are testimonies that Ezinne Njoku lived a good life while alive and urged people not to take…

Take heart, God hasn’t abandoned us – Archbishop Obinna tells Ndi Imo

  Traumatized people of Imo State, especially those whose means of livelihood have been hampered, disorganised or business locations inconvenienced by the dispossession, dislocation and demolition inflicted on them, have been told to take heart, as God has not abandoned them. These words of consolation were contained in the 2018 Lenten message to Christ’s faithful and Imo people by His Grace, Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri titled: “Take heart God cares for you” – A message of consolation… in the face of our people’s agony and groans. The message was read in all parishes in Owerri…

Ohakim honoured for returning Mission Schools

Ohakim honoured for returning Mission Schools

  Activities marking the 2018 Education Week of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri have ended with the conferment of various categories of awards to some distinguished members of the public for outstanding contribution to education in Imo State. The awards which took place at Protea Hotel Owerri on February 13, 2018 were of 11 categories, all related to education and learning. The former Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education through the Return of Mission Schools. The awards were given by the Owerri Archdiocesan Education Commission. The theme of…

It’s roll call of who is who . . . As CJ’s family celebrates wife’s promotion

Justice Paschal Nnadi and wife Prof Mrs Ine Nnadi bringing their offertory gifts.

  All roads,  Sunday, February 11, 2018, led to the ancient city of Awaka, in the Owerri North LGA of Imo State, where the family of the Imo State Chief Judge, Hon Justice Paschal Nnadi and their friends turned out in their numbers to celebrate the promotion of their wife, Ine Nnadi (Ph.D) to the prestigious rank of Professor of Law. The promotion of the erudite scholar, who teaches law at the Imo State University, took effect from 2015. The thanksgiving Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu, who represented His Grace, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna,…

Archbishop Obinna Condemns nepotism, family succession in Imo

  … Talks tough on PVC In the wake of bad governance and nepotism that have become the order of the day in Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha  led administration and worsened by the news making the rounds that the governor is planning to plant or impose his son in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu as governor in Imo State come 2019, the Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has urged Christians in general and Catholics in particular to go and get their PVCs (Personal Voters Card). The Archbishop made this call at…

Suspected Cultists Shoot IMSU Female Student in Owerri

Suspected cultists shoot IMSU female student in Owerri

  Miss Sandra Emeto, a 200 level student in the Department of Education/Chemistry of Imo State University, Owerri, is lying critically ill at the Federal Medical Centre Owerri as a result of a deadly gun-shot attack on her by suspected cultists on Thursday 8th February, 2018. She was shot on the thigh at close range on her way to the hostel around 7pm on the ill-feted day after attending evening lectures. The gory incident took place outside the school gate, adjacent the students market. The Leader heard that the victim was accosted by a gang of four suspected cultists who…

KSJI 422 installs new executive

  A 10-man executive, to run the affairs of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) Holy Cross Commandery 422 Owerri, has been installed. The colourful ceremony, which took place at the KSJI Hall behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Saturday January 20, 2017 was conducted by a team of officers, from the Owerri Grand Commandery, led by the Immediate Past Grand President, Brig-Gen Prof. Ezekiel Ihionu on behalf of the Grand President Brig-Gen Anthony Enukeme. It would be recalled that the new officers were elected during the last Regular Meeting in December 2017. They are: Major Fabian Osuji – Worthy…

Re: In total support – Call Okorocha to order now, Anglican Archbishop tells Buhari

Okorocha presents N190bn budget for 2018

I am strongly in support of the statements made by the Anglican Archbishop Enugu Ecclesiastical province, Most Revd. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, where he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to order (in the Leader, Sunday December 31, 2017; P.7) We are not foreigners in Imo State and Nigeria as a whole. Even those, who are strangers and foreigners, know the truth. Let us say the truth at all times. Let us stop telling lies. Let us remove sentiments and politics and call a spade a spade. The questions are: of what economic values and…

Omoku Killings planned in Owerri – Suspect

Police parades traffickers who used Dep Gov name to con victims to Libya

  The police Force Headquarters,  Abuja, on Thursday paraded one of the masterminds and a senior member of the deadly cult group that massacred  over 15 innocent worshippers at Omoku, village Rivers State, on new year day January 1. The suspect, Desmond Okotubo, 32, and father of three, hails from Egbema in  Onelga Local Government Area of Rivers State. He said the group embarked on the deadly attack to avenge the arrest and humiliation of the mother of Don Waney, the deceased leader of the group and also the destruction of Waney’s property in the state,  as well as to…

Count me Out on Assumpta Avenue Rename, Am not Interested …President Buhari

Assumpta-Avenue

  Renaming the famous Assumpta Avenue as a political stunt and for political gain didn’t work after all.  The President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from the whole fiasco, and says he is not interested. A couple of weeks ago, the Imo State government in a move that shocked Catholics and Imolites renamed the stretch of road from the Control post roundabout to the government house roundabout from its original name, Assumpta Avenue to Muhammadu Buhari Road.      This was a decision that outraged the public who have over the years known this road as synonymous with the Maria…

Imo journalists brainstorm on restructuring Nigeria

Imo journalists brainstorm

  … As curtain draws on 2017 Press Week It was an exhilating and thrilling intellectual harvest as two intellectual giants: Prof. Mrs. Stella Chinyere Okunna and Hon. Carl Azudibia enriched Imo journalists with quality appraisal from their tink-tank, as they brainstorm on the raging clamour for restructuring Nigeria at NUJ Press Centre Owerri Saturday, November 27, 2017. Serving the first salvo after inaugurated protocols chaired by Chief Chidi Ibe, former Commissioner, Prof. Stella Okunna of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka observed that the gentle request for restructing has turned to a vocifurious clamour. According to her, those benefiting from the…

Imo New Health Commissioner Addresses Workers … Warns on Indiscipline

Imo new Health Commissioner

    Dr. Angela Uwakwem, the new Commissioner for Health Imo State had her inaugural interaction with members of staff and management of the ministry on Wednesday December 6, 2017. During the interaction she harped on the exigency of discipline, timeliness to duties and business approach to health issues because health-care delivery is at the front burner and epicentre of the current administration in the state. According to her, “since health is wealth, it becomes imperative that all workers in the ministry under her leadership must be alive to their responsibilities, be proactive and ensure great zeal in providing data,…