It was a period of hilarity, effervescence and joy as nine young men appeared at the matrimonial altar, St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy IMSU Owerri, Saturday April 22, 2017, by 12:30 pm. to be joined together in wed-luck with nine hearty young ladies. This was in the presence of parents, marriage sponsors, friends, priests numbering up to eleven (11) and well-wishers too numerous to mention.
This seeming love symposium was so impactful that Dr. Ikechukwu Charles Nwachukwu and Nurse Doris Chisom Anukam, felt that they could not be missed out; hence they joined and got wedded as husband and wife. Those who were wedded are: Ikechukwu Charles Mary Nwachukwu and Nurse Chisom Anukam, Uzochukwu Chinasa and Peter Ndiwisi Nwachukwu, Tochuwku and Doris, Mr. Charles and Jenifer and Mr. Henry and Prisca. Others are Boniface and Cynthia, Michael and Joy, Samuel and Euphemia and Okechukwu Chibueze and Juliet.
In the homily at the nuptial man, concelebrated by 11 Priests and presided over by Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Uwalaka, Rev. Fr. Jude Onuoha lecturer at FUTO, stipulated that marriage both a mystery and a sacrament and God seeing that man can’t live alone, created a woman and gave her to him as his helpmate. He stated that marriage is like a dissimulating of hot and cold water blessing to a state of coolness insisting that it’s not a place for testing of partners, but for a show of firmness in love, co-operation and understanding
Continuing, Fr. Jude Onuoha advised couples to see marriage as a call for a purpose and not for divorce, a time to shine out as husband and wife, a time to make themselves available to each other and a time to be responsible and responsive and a time to live in faith and truth to each other.
He hammered on conviviality among couples, making open confession to each other and putting up endurance as a way of accommodating each other.
He warned wives against running from one Church to another, insisting that rather, they should go to the Blessed Sacrament and present their problems to God for solution.
The highlight of the ceremony was papal Blessing and certificate given to the couple. Dr. Ikechukwu Charles Mary and Nurse Doris Chisom Nwachukwu by Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku, Chaplain of St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy IMSU, Owerri, and cutting of the wedding cake by the newly wedded couple. It was Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku, Chaplain of St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy IMSU Owerri, who wedded the couples from different diocese and gave the nuptial blessing
It would be recalled that the newly wedded Dr. Ikechukwu Charles Mary Nwachukwu, an optometrist, hail from Okwuato Aboh Mbaise L.G.A. Mbaise. He is the first son of his parents, Engr ezinna Luke Nwachukwu and Ambassdor Mrs. Dorathy Nwachukwu. He is a graduate of Abia State University Uturu and United Kingdom, where he obtained his Doctorate degree in optometry. He has been working in South Africa until 2015 when he changed over to the United Kingdom.
Fielding question with the press, Amb Dorathy Nwachukwu mother of Dr. Nwachukwu, felt highly elevated thanking God for His blessings to the family. She advised the newly wedded to embrace love and Fidelity, to be self contented. She enjoined them to remain obedient to their parents which remain the goal for successful married life.
Her husband Engr Nwachukwu saw the son’s wedding as one of the happiest events in his life, saying his heart is full of praise to God for favouring his family with graduates.
He prayed for good luck and God’s blessing on the newly wedded.