…As council pays him courtesy visit
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA has received a pat on the back for its numerous infrastructural achievements, since it attained parish status eight years ago.
Rev Msgr. Anthony Eke, Parish Priest St. Helen’s Church Irete in Owerri West LGA, gave the commendation while interacting with members of the council by their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo who were led on a courtesy visit to him, Sunday September 18, 2016.
Filled with delight at the progress the young and dynamic church has made since it became a parish, Msgr. Eke, who helped in grooming it as a station when he was Parish Priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary church Orji, declared: “Rev Frs. Barth Okere and Ben Agumanu planted, I and Msgr. Anthony Onyeocha watered and God is giving the increase during the administration of Rev Fr Dr Ben Oparaugo”.
He stated that through their cooperation and support to their Parish Priest, Blessed Tansi church has now over taken many older parishes in the Archdiocese of Owerri and so should keep it up.
Briefing their host earlier, Fr Oparaugo disclosed that the Council on behalf of the parish had come to felicitate with Msgr. Eke on his recent investiture as a monsignor, in appreciation of his role in grooming Blessed Tansi church when it was a station.
He then enumerated the infrastructural achievements of the parish to include: completion of fathers’ house started by the station council, building of a Boys Quarters for the Parish House and providing water borehole and electricity light.
Others are the construction of a magnificent church building with a secretariat offices for the parish priest, catechist as well as two big halls where sodalities hold their meetings which are also available for other church functions.
As young as the parish is, its Day care, Nursery and Primary school – The Tansiani and Tansiane school, Ugwu Orji, has attained the primary six level, while work on the permanent structure is currently going on. The parish has also welcomed Assumpta commendary 655 of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) to function and build its hall within the church premises, disclosed Fr Oparaugo.
He also placed on record the inestimable support and cooperation he receives from the council led by Chief Sir E.E. Egbuokporo, which performed so creditably in its first three years that it was asked to do a second term. The B.T.P parish priest also informed Msgr. Eke who his parishioners often refer to as “Papa nke Ukwu” (big father) that the CMO, CWO, CYON and Mary League groups have been very supportive. Chief Sir E.E Egbuokporo on behalf of the parish presented a purse and some drinks to their host.
In his remarks earlier, a member of the council and chairman Building Committee Sir Ahuchogu was full of commendation for Fr Oparaugo, whom he said has given the young parish a high quality leadership. He said that the parishioners will ever remain grateful to Archbishop Anthony J.V Obinna for giving them a world-class Liturgist, an experienced and seasoned builder as pioneer parish priest.
It would be recalled that before the council left for the courtesy visit, the parish had welcomed its new Assistant Parish Priest, Rev Fr Eziamauche Onuoha. The new priest, who celebrated that Sunday’s 6am and 8am Masses, also preached the homily at the 9:30am Mass which he concelebrated with the parish priest (chief celebrant) and Fr John Bosco Uchearikor, the Resident Priest.