As part of efforts to immortalize the life and times of Rt. Rev. Dr. Mark Onwuha Unegbu, first Nigerian Bishop of Owerri Diocese whose Episcopal duties traversed the breath and corners of Imo state and beyond, a sub-council of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM), Owerri Metro has been inaugurated with the name: Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council.
The inauguration ceremony which took place at St. Mulumba Catholic Church premises Owerri, Saturday May19 featured among other things Bishop Unegbu life and time, commissioning of officers, unveiling of the sub-council directory and award of honor to distinguished members of the Order.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna who presided at the inauguration Mass also had a recognition timeout with distinguished members of the Order who came from far and near to felicitate with the newly carved out Sub-Council. Worthy Supreme Knight, Diamond Ovueraye, represented by the former SK, Bro. Anthony Onuh, Worthy Metro Grand Knight, Bro. E.N. Emeakaroha, Worthy Grand Knight Bro. L.C. Ugorji and former Metro Advocate, Bro. P. Ezeobi who equally chaired the inauguration ceremony were among those honored.
Preaching at the Mass, Archbishop Obinna lauded the missionary efforts of their Patron, St. Mulumba who he said used his blood in sowing the seed of faith along with other Uganda martyrs.
Recalling the missionary undertone of the just concluded Ad limina visit to Rome by Nigerian Bishops, the metropolitan of Owerri who was joined at the Mass by the Supreme and Sub-Council Worthy Chaplains, Rev. Frs. Francis Nwaiwu, Charles Ikwuegbu and Longinus Chinagorom enjoined the celebrating Knights and Ladies to always gird on their loins in readiness for the missionary task synonymous with their status.
The Archbishop’s words of advice however elicited applause when he jocularly noted that such gathering was another form of missionary journey of faith. “You no longer need to travel to Rome or Jerusalem in order to preach the gospel of faith. Your gathering here is already a missionary work in progress. So remain poised and never be deterred,” he admonished.
An address of welcome made available at the reception revealed that the inauguration event came as a follow up to the last November pronouncement when the newly inaugurated Sub-Council was carved out from the Seat of Wisdom Sub-Council Owerri. The address which was signed by the Sub-Council Worthy Grand Knight, Bro. Johnbosco Uhie and presented by Worthy Secretary, Bro. Emmanuel Offurum commended Archbishop Obinna for his pastoral care and continued pieces of advice. It further expressed satisfaction with the leadership of the entire KSM exco members, particularly their Mother Sub-Council, Seat of Wisdom, stressing that their selflessness was visibly made manifest by the manner at which the Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council was carved out without hiccups or fear of losing members.
The highlight of the event which was organized by Bro. Anthony Kamalu and Bro. Irenaeus as Chairman and Secretary respectively was an inaugural lecture delivered by Very Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha on the Life and Times of Bishop Mark Unegbu.