KSJI Ladies Auxiliary donates house to widow in Mbano
Joy knew no bounds at Ewuru, a suburb community in Umunachi autonomous community in Osuama clan, Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State on Monday 19th December 2016 as the supreme subordinate Ladies Auxiliary Knights of St. John International Nigeria stormed the community with unprecedented outpouring of charity.
Occasion was the commissioning of the widow’s housing project which beneficiary was Lady Elfreda Aloka and her only son. It all began with a concelebrated Eucharistic Sacrifice at which the Bishop of Okigwe Most Rev. S.A. Amatu presided. He was represented by the Vicar General II, Very Rev. Dr. Barth Nnaemedo. Other concelebrants were Fr. Cyriacus Uzoma (Dean Isiala Mbano), Fr. Greg Ohagwu (Dean Ihitte/Uboma), Fr. (Prof.) Jerome konkwo (Okeosisi), Fr. Sabinus Nwachukwu (Parish Priest of the host St. Anthony’s Umunachi) and his curate Fr. Emman Azubuike, among others.
Fr. Prof. Jerome Okonkwo in his homily extolled the exemplary charitable gesture of the ladies of the brotherhood as he declared, “Christmas has manifested in this place, and with us”. He charged all the faithful of Christ to emulate the KSJI and give to the needy even in the face of apparent economic recession, as is the case today. The cleric further charged Christians, “Give to the needy and that makes Christmas”.
The host parish priest, Fr. Sabinus Nwachukwu in his appreciation saluted the KSJI for making one of his parishioners, and indeed his parish feels the gentle touch of charity, as the Vicar General II read out Bishop Amatu’s goodwill message. Similarly, Rev. Fr. Deans for Isiala Mbano and Ihitte/Uboma spoke in appreciation of the act of benevolence by the LAUX.
Similar goodwill messages were read out as coming from the Archbishops of Ibadan and Lagos, Bishops of Nnewi and Ekiti, among others.
Addressing the occasion, the Chief hostess and supreme subordinate president, Noble Lady (Prof.) Viola Onwuliri said they were moved by compassion to build the bequeath the two-bedroom apartment to Lady Aloka who she recalled had lost her six children and husband. She appreciated the enthusiastic response of the Okigwe Diocese, as expressed by the Bishop, and thanked the host community, representatives of the youths for their wonderful co-operation during the ground breaking activities. She lauded the brothers and sisters of the KSJI, mentioning particularly Noble Sister Elizabeth Shiweobi (President Owerri Grand LAUX) for their wonderful synergy that facilitated the actualization of the project.
Responding the village head of the recipient’s community thanked the KSJI for giving succor to one of their own.
Other members of the order present were Noble Sisters Grace Ibangha (SSCN 1st V-P), Gini Ebodaghe (2nd Trustee), Edith Egbuje (Fin. Sec.), and the President Owerri Grand LAUX, Noble Sister Elizabeth Shiweobi. Others present were Noble Sisters charity Iwuoha, Dora Anyaehie, Vero Iwu, Edith Ekeoma, Ezeigbo Lilian, et al. Including Capt. Donatus Onyenanu, Noble brothers Ekwelem Peter and T.I. Mbarie.
The high commands of Okigwe Diocesan Catholic Women Organization were there. They are the Diocesan President Nneoma Clare Ugha and Chief Barr Lady Chisara Egwim-Ihime (Emeritus President).
The beneficiary, Lady Elfreda Aloka, in profuse tears of joy, prayed God to reward her benefactors, double portion, and more so to all who had a hand in her change of fortunes for the better.
The Dean of Isiala Mbano thanked all, especially the Knights and Ladies for their kindness to the widow.
In a media briefing, Noble Lady Prof Viola Onwuliri advised those in leadership positions to use the opportunity to better the lot of the less privileged in society.