– Render material support to needy members
The old Boys Association of Christ the King College (CKC) Onitsha, Owerri Branch, on Sunday, Nov. 25, joined other Christians across the world to celebrate this year’s feast of Christ the Universal King, after who their Alma Mater was named The occasion, which started with a Holy Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, presided over by His Grace, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna Archbishop of Owerri, was rounded off later in the day with feasting and social interactions among members and their spouses at the residence of their president. Distinguished personalities who graced the occasion included: Chief Arc. Ignatius Ifeanyi, Dr. Hilary Ucheagwu, Mayor Chas Uwakwe, Mayor (Dr) Onyike, Mayor (Dr) Mgbeahuru, Prof. O. Duru, Barr. Imo, Engr. Dominic Okwuoha, HRM Nnabuife and Rev. (Dr) Bernard Abana (President).
Preaching the homily at Mass, Archbishop Obinna called on Christians to speak the truth to those in authority not minding what it will cause them. “Intimidation by those in authority should not scare us. “Those who witness for Christ hear his voice and listen to the truth that can make one free,” he assured. “Wealth cannot purchase peace. Peace only comes from truthfulness and fear of God”, The prelate revealed that the King being celebrated is Almighty, reigns forever and that he arrived the world with his power hidden inside the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whereas earthly Kings have only little power that last for a short time. The Archbishop who condemned the “Arusi syndrome and idolatrous practice of Osu-Diala-Ohu and Ume social segregation in Igboland, said that many so-called baptized Christians still need deeper conversion” He also appealed to female Christians to sew their dresses and uniforms in a way that does not expose those parts of their body that required to be covered.
Members of the CKC Old Boys Association brought their gifts to the altar during the offertory procession, where they were blessed by the Chief celebrant.
In his opening remarks during the second phase of the celebration, the immediate Past President Engr. Dominic Okwuoha reminded his school mates that it was a special privilege for any student to pass through their Alma Mater CKC Onitsha, a foremost Catholic College in Old Eastern Region. According to him, right from the pre-war years, the Institution left an indelible positive mark in the character of all those who allowed it to pass through them. He therefore called on old boys of the school to remain good ambassadors who make the difference wherever they are found. He gave Kudos to former Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, who played a crucial role in restoring the school back to its past glory, when he ruled that State. In his speech, the President of the Association, Rev. Dr. Abana encouraged members to continue to uphold those sterling, qualities for which products of the school are known. Speaker after speaker gave similar pieces of advice to members and narrated how things were during their time. The climax of the celebration was a presentation of material support to an old boy who passed through the school from 1946 to 1950, Mr. Chukwuemeka R.C. Osuji The recipient expressed immense gratitude to his members for their generosity. Ten other old boys were also presented gifts in appreciation of their role in uplifting the Association.
In a vote of thanks, Arc. Ifeanyi commended the present Executive for the decision to look inwards to support one of their own instead of visiting charity homes to donate to the needy as they had done in the past.
In an exclusive interview with The Leader, the Vice President of the Association, Dr. Sir Hilary Ucheagwu disclosed that members remain eternally grateful to their teachers and Alma Mater for the all round sound Catholic Education they received, which has enabled them excel wherever they go. Dr. Ucheagwu who disclosed that the school started on February 2, 1933, called on Present day students of the school to continue to uphold the motto of the institution: Bonitas, Disciplina Scientia – Goodness, discipline and knowledge.