Praises galore for Owerri Archdiocesan CMO
It was a moment of glory for the President of Owerri Archdiocesan CMO executive, Mr. Nwaora Alfred Nonyelum (KSM) and his executive as speaker after speaker poured encomiums on them for the speedy growth and achievements of the organization since their assumption of office.
The occasion was the 2016 Owerri Archdiocesan CMO Day Celebration held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 15, 2016.
Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri opened the floodgate of commendations during a concelebrated Mass preceding a civic reception and award ceremony.
The Archbishop who is not known for undue praises commended Mr. Nonyelum, saying God gave him a special gift of working for Him, St. Joseph and the church. He added that Mr. Nonyelum, cares for the CMO in the Archdiocese just as St. Joseph cared for his family. He challenged Christian fathers to emulate St. Joseph by being holy, caring and effective husbands and fathers.
Impressed with the unprecedented turnout of Christian Fathers in their uniform, Archbishop Obinna commended them for their increasing number and contributions in church and society even as he reminded them that their uniform was to urge them to live like St. Joseph.
The Archbishop used the occasion to teach the Christian fathers a new St. Joseph song titled: “Joseph di nso – Nwoke Eziomume.”
Chief Ejike Uche making his opening remarks at the occasion
In his own remarks, the Archdiocesan Chaplain of the CMO, Very Rev. Fr. S.O. Igbokwe also commended the CMO President, Mr. Nonyelum, describing him as a hardworking CMO President who listens to the church and obeys instructions.
Archbishop Obinna was assisted at the Mass by the Chancellor/Secretary of the Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the Administrator of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere, the CMO Chaplain, Fr. S. O. Igbokwe among others.
In his opening remarks at the reception and award ceremonies, the chairman of the occasion, Sir Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa), said Mr. Nonyelum “has established a structure that has provided promptness in operation, effectiveness in delivery and above all, good followership of his various CMO branches since he mounted the saddle as President of Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO)”.
Chief Uche, a former Commissioner in Imo State, said the above observation was confirmed by the last five years of celebration of the CMO day, as each successive one towers above the previous in the number of CMO members and quality of the celebration. He commended the CMO for embarking on Secretariat building project and called on friends of CMO, awardees and guests to donate generously towards the completion of the project.
In his welcome address, Sir Nonyelum explained that the annual celebration at the Archdiocesan level draws all CMO Parishes together to remember and salute their Patron Saint – St. Joseph, the husband of Mary.
He solicited the assistance of all towards the building their CMO Secretariat, adding that presently, they are squatting at a tight facility at the Archbishop’s office.
He announced that the Archbishop graciously approved a plot of land in 2013 for the building of a permanent CMO office but noted that they were seriously challenged by inadequate funding to realize their objective. Sir Nonyelum said however CMO members guarded their lions and contributed to the take off of the project which is currently at lintel level. He therefore appealed for financial assistance to enable them complete the project in a record time.
The highlight of the occasion was the investiture of the Royal Father of the year, HRH Eze Dr. E.O. Iwuchukwu, the CMO Mother of the Year, Pharm (Dr.) Mrs. Maria Opara and CMO Unique Fathers/Mothers. They were invested by Archbishop Obinna who had earlier unveiled the “Tree of Blessing”.
Dr. Anthony Chukwueke, an awardee plucked a fruit from the Tree of Life with N1million while Sir Ejike Uche, a patron of the CMO also harvested a fruit with N200,000 – Other awardees announced various donations in support of the CMO building project.