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July 17, 2018

St. Anthony’s Station celebrates Youth Week – Launches St. Anthony’s Youth Cultural Group

Activities marking the Youth Week celebration of St. Anthony’s Station, Maria Assumpta Cathedral ended on Sunday, July 25, 2013 with a thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Assistant Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Augustine Opara. During the homily, Fr. Opara maintained that prayer is our encounter with God that must be made in respect, silence and concentration.  Why people do not get answers to their prayers is because after praying they do not have silent moment with God. He pointed out the procedures of praying which includes: respect, repentance, thanksgiving and request.  In our Lord’s prayer, Our Father, who art in…

St Peter’s Egbeada Celebrates Feast Of Patron Saint

It was indeed all joy at St Peter’s parish Egbeada, Imo state, Sunday 30th June 2013. The event began with a holy mass officiated by Very Rev Dr. Innocent Osuagwu assisted by Rev Fr. Innocent Orji Parish Priest and Rev Fr. Aloysius Iwuanoruo.  Fr. Innocent Orji in his introduction thanked God for the gift of life, his blessings and also making it possible for the day to come to fulfillment. Delivering the homily, Very Rev Dr. Innocent M. Osuagwu expressed how happy he was being with the parishioners. He began by letting the people know that Jesus Christ calls us…

Infant Jesus Confraternity ends 2nd National Conference in Owerri

A three-day Second Annual National Delegates Conference of the Confraternity of the Miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague has ended in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The conference which was attended by delegates from 12 Catholic dioceses in Nigeria, took place from June 7-9, 2013 at the Maria Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri The highlights of the activity-packed conference were: fund raising and the delegates meeting.  These were preceded by a talk delivered by the Owerri Archdiocesan Chaplain of the confraternity, Rev. Fr. Henry Opara, Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Umuawuka, Emii on the second day of the event.  Its…

Umuaka Igbo Taa visit Nnorie Parish

As Umuaka Igbo Taa continue their work of re-orientating Igbo children, they visited St James Catholic Parish,Nnorie in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area where they were warmly recieved by the Parish Priest,Very,Rev Fr. Anslem Ekeh and the Parishioners. After the Mass, the president of the group  Chidi Opara – Ibeleche spoke to the children and youths, charging them to be proud to speak and live Igbo and when those in the cities return to display foreign culture, they should correct them in love and help them to feel at home. “As many of them now wish to return,we should recieve them…

KSM: Mgbidi Sub-Council promotes six to 2nd Degree

The Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM), Mater Ecclesiae Sub-Council Mgbidi, Orlu diocese has raised six brothers to the Second Degree.  The wives of the knights whom they call Sisters were similarly promoted. The investiture ceremony which took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Mgbidi on June 30, 2013 started with a concelebrated Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Ray Alaneme of Orlu diocese, assisted by the Parish Rector, Rev. Fr. Dr. Eugene Dike, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ilozurike and the Sub-Council Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Francis Amadi. In his sermon during the Mass, Fr. Alaneme reflected on the readings…

Bishop Ukwuoma visits CKC Parish Abba

– Warns youths against immoral behaviour It was indeed a joyful day at Christ the King Parish, Abba Nwangele LGA, Imo State, Sunday 22nd June 2013, as the Chief Shepherd of the diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma made a two-day familiarization visit to the parish.  The event began with a Holy Mass officiated by the Local Ordinary, assisted by the Parish Rector, Rev. Fr. Nich. Annudu. Delivering a homily during the Mass, Bishop Ukwuoma noted that his visit to the parish was in line with his pastoral work and official assignment. Bishop Ukwuoma enjoined Christians to remain faithful to God…

St. Charles’ Umunumo Catholic Youths honour “Friends”

The Catholic Youth Organization of St. Charles Parish Umunumo, Ehime Mbano recently gave awards to some members of the community. The occasion started with Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Donatus Uwah, Parish Priest, assisted by Rev. Fr. Innocent Okoronkwo, Rev. Fr. Leonard Nwosu and a Deacon on internship. In a homily, Rev. Fr. Nwosu urged the “Ezienyi” awardees to be generous so as to facilitate the realization of the parish showroom project. He enjoined the parishioners to make sacrifices with their resources and their names will be written in the book of life. The theme of the event was…

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,…

KSJI St. Charles Borromeo Commandery ends retreat – As Rev. Fr. Dieme harps on love

Knights and Ladies of St. John’s International Borromeo Commandery (565), Ehime Mbano concluded a two-day retreat on Saturday June 16, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In his homily at the concelebrated Mass to round-off the two-day retreat, Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, the Spiritual Director of the commandery, harped on the virtue of love, forgiveness and charity. He went biblical citing the Apostle John, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, who in all his preaching and writings emphasized on love of man, love of God, charity and forgiveness. Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme who was assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude…

Priest harps on need for compassionate heart – As Knights visit Parish

Christians have been enjoined to develop a heart of compassion, the type that enables one to feel for others and take their pains as one’s own. Rev. Fr. Vitalis Anyanwu, Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church Ikembara in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, gave this injunction in the homily he delivered during a Sunday Eucharistic celebration.  The occasion was the grassroots evangelization visit of the Owerri Chapter of Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba (KSM) to the KSM Uzoagba Zone 5. The clergyman and principal celebrant, who concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Betrand Ujunwa, said that this was…

Owerri Catechetical College begins admission of fresh candidates

– Director appeals to parishes, sodalities to sponsor candidates Parishes and sodalities have been advised to sponsor candidates to the St. Augustine’s Catechetical College Owerri. The Director of the college, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro made the appeal in an interview with THE LEADER.  The college runs a two-year programme leading to a Diploma in Catechesis. The Director explained that the college forms and trains catechizers who are expected to be teachers of the faith in their parishes and sodalities, adding that training of catechizers has become even more necessary especially in this year of faith and in the light…

Feast of Immaculate Heart: Archbishop Obinna blesses Claretian’s New Chapel

The 2013 feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary has been celebrated by the Claretian Missionary Fathers (CMF) at their headquarters, Area ‘A’ World Bank Housing Estate, New Owerri, Imo State. The Claretians have a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary as their full title is, “Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary but they are popularly known as “the Claretians”. The celebration which attracted members of the congregation from far and near started with a Holy Mass during which the new chapel built by the mission was blessed by His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop…

Letters to the Editor | Catholic Church: Matters arising

I wish to say few things that I have observed in our Catholic church in Imo State. I felt sorry for the woman whose son was stolen in a Catholic Church in Okigwe.  The woman explained that the church was hot and that made the child to cry.  She asked the elder sister to take him out which means that if there was no heat in the church the boy would not have been stolen.  Now in the real sense, who would we blame, the priest of course.  Elsewhere, priests check the fans on Saturdays and anyone that is found…

Okigwe Anglican diocese ends synod

The second session of the Second Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe has ended at Cathedral Church of Saint Barnabas Okigwe, Imo State. The theme of the synod was “Stewardship of Giving: Its Blessing Opportunities and Challenges”. In his presidential address, the Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu reminded Christians that they are stewards who are managing what God has provided for them.  He said whatever they have, money, time, talents etc., should be used in serving God, adding that as Christians they are expected to administer these gifts faithfully on behalf of God. He thanked…

Calvary Intercessory Association celebrates 20th anniversary – Extols Spiritual Directors

Members of Calvary Intercessory Association (CIA) comprising more than eight dioceses from eight states in Nigeria, notably: Ekiti in Ekiti State, Ibadan in Oyo State, Awka in Anambra State, Umuahia in Abia State, Auchi in Edo State, Ahiara in Imo State, Issele-Uku in Delta State, Ondo in Ondo State and Mina diocese in the making, gathered in their numbers at St. Joseph’s Catholic parish Ushi, Ekiti Diocese, May 31 – June 2, 2013 and celebrated the 20th anniversary of their cherished association. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Rev. Msgr. Edward Ogidan and concelebrated by Rev. Frs. Raph Osegboun,…

Corruption: The 37th State of Nigeria

There is a cloned hydra-headed monster on a tiny-lined white thread seen with the third-eye only making up the 37th State of Nigeria.  It is CORRUPTION.  On May 27, 2012, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for the State Government to mark its one year in office at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri.  In his homily, the Archbishop called for an alternative Nigeria. The alternative Nigeria, he explained would be “Nigeria that is just and fair, a Nigeria where there is rule of law and respect for justice and…

Catholics Advised to Identify with Training of Priests

 – as seminarians, rector visit Blessed Tansi Parish A Catholic priest, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo has called on Christ’s faithful to contribute to the training of seminarians preparing for the Holy Order. According to the Parish Priest of Blessed Tansi Church, Ugwu Orji Owerri, the benefits of contributing to such endeavour cannot be quantified in material terms, because the new priest will forever remember such benefactors in his prayers. Fr. Oparaugo who gave this advice while welcoming the Rector of Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary Owerri, Rev. Fr. Dr. Uzochukwu Njoku and the choir of the Seminary to…

CMO Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma honours 10

The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Akwakuma, Owerri North LGA has bestowed prestigious Honourary Awards on 10 of their members in appreciation of their continued selfless services to the parish. Among those Honoured were: Chief Sir Tonny Nnadi, Sir Anene Ogidi (KSM), Sir Eusebius Egbuacho (KSM) and Chief R.N. Onyewuenyi. Others are: Engr. C.C. Ihezukwu, Chief Leo Dike, Sir Albert Oragba (KSM), Engr. K.C. Nganna and Sir Henry Okoroafor (KSM). The brief but colourful ceremony took place as part of the activities marking the ”Father’s Day Celebration” held on Sunday 5th May, 2013. The event,…

St. Thomas More fetes Ogbaku Spiritual Year Seminary

The heavy rains of Sunday, May 26, 2013 and the deplorable roads to the seminary were no deterrent enough to hold or dampen the spirit of the members of St. Thomas More Special Jurisdiction, New Owerri with their priest-in-charge, Rev. Fr. Dan Anyanwu to show their full support and encouragement to the formators and seminarians of Assumpta Spiritual Year Seminary, Ogbaku. The executives and some representatives of the Church gathered in their numbers to visit one of the formation grounds of the priests of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri.  They were warmly received by the Rector and seminarians.  Introducing the…

Aba Diocese suspends Priest

The Catholic Diocese of Aba has announced the suspension of its priest, Rev. Fr. Barr. Ignatius Onyebuchi Nwoko for alleged disobedience to the Bishop and other allegations. The Decree of Interdict/Suspension published in the Aba Diocesan Newspaper, REX of June 2, 2013 reads: DECREE OF INTERDICT/SUSPENSION “I, +Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia (C.S.Sp.), the Catholic Bishop of Aba gave you, Reverend Father Barr. Ignatius Onyebuchi Nwoko the required canonical warnings (cf. Precept, dated February 2, 2008 and Second Admonition, dated May 7, 2013) that you must desist from the understated offences and misdemeanors, which include: Grave and absolute disobedience to your Local…