No fewer than nine Knights and ten Ladies of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Ehime Sub-Council were recently elevated to the 2nd Degree in the hierarchy of the Order. Venue was St. Michael’s Parish Umukabia, Ehime Mbano.
The occasion began with a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration with the Okigwe Diocesan Chancellor, Rv. Fr. Dr. Simon Anyanwu standing-in for Bishop S.A. Amatu. The host parish administrator, Rev. Fr. Elias Nwaodu, welcomed the bishop’s representative, the Sub-Council Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu, all priests, the religious, the Knights and Ladies and all guests to his parish.
The chief celebrant in his opening remarks invited all to join in worship and thanksgiving to God for the newly elevated 2nd degree knights and ladies and prayed God to continue to guide the brotherhood.
In his homily, Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu likened a knight to a man raised to the status of a baron, a noble and revered person, hence the title “Sir” while knighthood, he said, is a devotional association formed for defending the church. He stated that promotion along the ranks of the knighthood calls for more spiritual responsibility and therefore charged the investees to strive to live up to their elevated status.
The 2nd degree investees were Bro. (Prof.) Maurice Iwu, Bro. Aloy Igwe, Bro. Alphonsus Chukwu and Bro. Silas Ekponobi. Others were Bros. Bede Njoku, Anthony Okafor, Emeka Duru, Louis Nwachukwu and Levi Ejike; while Sister Roseline Iwueze and 9 other sisters took the oath of commitment.
The chairman of the occasion, Chief Sir Richard Egbule in his opening remarks expressed delight at the high profile of guests that turned up and enjoined the sub-council to sustain its pioneering strides.
In his felicitation, Prof. Maurice Iwu thanked the Sub-Council for a wonderful outing piloted by the Worthy Grand Knight, Engr. E.U. Anugom and his team of officials. He appreciated the presence of such dignitaries like Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Cosmas Iwu, Capt. Ihenacho, Chief Mike Nwaite, Dr. Amanze-Obi, Bishop Azubuike of Church of God Mission Int’l, et al. Similarly, one of the newly elevated, Mr. Emeka Duru, expressed gratitude to the Order for promoting them to second degree.
On behalf of Bishop S.A. Amatu, Fr. Chancellor Simon Anyanwu appreciated the continued partnership of the KSM with the church, prayed for them and floated an invitation to the Okigwe Cathedral Fund Launching coming up . He presented to Prof. Maurice Iwu the scroll conveying the impartation of Papal blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis on his second degree investiture.
In his appreciation, Bro. Engr. Eugene U. Anugom, Worthy Grand Knight, Ehime Sub-Council, on behalf of the President, Ladies of St. Mulumba LSM, Dr. (Mrs.) Florence Anugom, the KSM/LSM Executive and the entire members of the Sub-Council, appreciated the presence of the Owerri Metro GK, Prince E.O.N. Emeakaroha, Chief A.A. Ibegbulem, Okigwe Diocesan Liaison GK, Chaplain Very Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu, Fr. Elias Nwaodu, host Parish Administrator, guests from far and near for their solidarity. He also extended very warm regards to all brothers and sisters and the 2013 2nd degree investiture group.
Chief Sir I.A. Osuagwu, Chairman, 2013 Investiture Committee thanked the Sub-Council for the opportunity given them to serve. Othe members of the committee were Bros. Julius Onuoha, Anthony Alinno, D.C. Ehirim, C.I. Nwoke, Herbert Duru, P.C. Ihediohanma, Sisters Lady Anthony Obi and Lady Lorrita Duru.
The LSM President, Dr. (Mrs.) Florence Anugom lauded the unwavering support of their brother knights by the sisters and urged them not to relent. Other notable council officials were Lady P.A. Nwaohiri (LSM Emeritus President), Sub-Council Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Bro. Eugene Osuagwu and Bro. Cyril Odinma respectively and Bro. Herbert Duru (physician).
Interacting with THE LEADER, the host Parish Administrator, rev. Fr. Elias Nwaodu (Fr. Dede) said Prof. Sir M.M. Iwu and Lady Kate Iwu deserved the elevation accorded them and described Prof. Maurice Iwu as a rare gem and special gift o the KSM, the Church and Nigeria.