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Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku …Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides

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Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides

The Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe Wednesday June 1 visited Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku to commission projects built by the Principal of the school, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Diala. Some of the newly commissioned projects include, an ultra-modern Gate, a Volleyball Court, a Badminton Court, a 100KVA FG Wilson Soundproof Generator, a new two-story building, ICT Centre and over a 100 pews in the Chapel.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
Bishop Chikwe flanked by Fr. Diala (Principal), Fr. Ujunwa (Director of Schools), Eze Obiejeshi of Emekuku, Fr Sam Uzoukwu, Eze Malachy Onu of Agbala, Coach Frank Mbah and others

Bishop Chikwe expressed delight at the level of transformation at Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku, and lauded Fr. Diala for such feat achieved within two year and half.

On arrival, Bishop Chikwe was greeted with cannon shots amid fanfare by the staff and students, priests and religious, the traditional ruler of Emekuku, HRM Eze Obiejeshi Eze Ukwu IV and some members of the host community.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
Bishop Chikwe exchanging pleasantries with Eze Obiejeshi of Emekuku on arrival.

In his brief sermon, Most Rev Chikwe, encouraged the students of FACLOMSS to aim at the stars and beyond as the motto of the school depicts, “Optimum Sequere (Go for the best), while praying God to keep, guide and sustain the entire staff and students of the school.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
Bishop Chikwe on arrival flanked by Fr. Stephen Egwim and Fr. Emma Diala (Principal FACLOMSS).

In his welcome remarks, Fr. Diala, thanked the Auxiliary Bishop for finding time to come to commission the projects. He also welcomed Fr. Bertrand Ujunwa (Director of Schools in the Archdiocese), the Chancellor and Secretary to the Archbishop, Fr. Samuel Uzoukwu, and all priests, parents and staff of the school present at the event.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
The school band and students welcoming Bishop Chikwe in songs and jubilation.

Other priests who witnessed the commissioning of the projects are, Rev. Frs. Alex Okoro, Bertrand Ujunwa (Director of Education in the Archdiocese), Justin Okoro (Director Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku), Chijioke Ekeada, Augustine Ihedimma, Eustace Nwanekwu of Ozisa 96.1 FM, Basil Nze, Stephen Egwim (Parish Priest, Mount Carmel Parish and Zonal Vicar), Davidson Eze Obioma, Emma Nwachukwu, Victor Eleba and Philip Ojimanu. Others include; Rev. Frs. Godian Emenyeonu, Samuel Uzoukwu (Archdiocesan Secretary/ Chancellor), David Achugwo (Secretary to Bishop Chikwe), Anthony Emereonyekwe, Collins Anukanti , Lucien Amadi-Obi (Director Assumpta ICT) and Anthony Ndu. Also present at the event were, HRM Eze Obiejeshi Amadi-Obi, Eze Ukwu IV of Emekuku Autonomous Community, Chief Alex Offurum, President General of Emekuku Autonomous Community and Eze Malachy Onu of Agbala.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
The School choir rendering their welcome song before Bishop Chikwe and other guests.

On his part HRM Eze Obiejeshi Amadi-Obi, thanked God for the early missionaries who brought the good news to Emekuku, adding that Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School, is one of such benefits. He praised Fr. Diala, saying that the entire Emekuku Community is happy with him and the transformation he has brought to the school. He also thanked the staff of the school for their cooperation with the Principle.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
The newly commissioned ultra-modern gate built by Fr. Emma Diala

Speaking to The Leader about how happy he is on the day, Fr. Diala thanked God for the grace and courage he gave him to tackle the challenges he met on ground, adding that the school is of international standard. On how he was able to fathom and accomplish the magnificent ultra-modern gate, the Principal said; “It was an inspiration, which he conceptualized, adding that he monitored the drawing and the execution.

On how he was able to commission seven projects on a day barely three years on seat given the prevailing economic hardship, Fr. Diala attributed it to the grace of God, hard work, commitment, being judicious and disciplined in spending.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
The School Chapel

On his working relationship with the staff, Fr. Diala responded that the relationship is very cordial, due to his collaboration with them, not taking them for granted. He also said, he had briefings with the staff weekly, and not being hi-handed, because the staff could make or mar ones success, hence the need to work as a team and a family.

Bishop Chikwe commissions projects at Fr. Cloonan Schl Emekuku ...Lauds Fr. Diala for giant strides
Bishop Chikwe addressing the guests and students during the reception.

On the challenges ahead, given the more projects he needed to achieve, Fr. Diala said, “Nothing is too big for him, adding that whenever he embarks on projects, he is always determined and courageous. He prayed God to lead all who graced the occasion home safely .

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Owerri Archdiocese: JDPC graduates 11 students in tailoring, fashion designing

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Owerri Archdiocese: JDPC graduates 11 students in tailoring, fashion designing

The Justice, Development, Peace and Caritas Commission (JDPC) Friday June 4, 2021 at Assumpta Cathedral graduated the second set of students trained on tailoring and fashion designing.

Just like their pioneer counterparts, the new graduates, numbering 11were trained and empowered with modern sewing machines and cash donations by the skill acquisition department of JDPC that interfaces with the Church and Society under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna and Rev. Fr. Dr. Gerald Chukwudi Njoku as the Director.

In his remarks, the director, Fr. Njoku, welcomed all from various walks of life and stressed on the need to be time conscious. Fr. Njoku thanked Rev. Fr. Kyrian Agogbuo, the Director of Entrepreneurship in the Archdiocese for his priceless inputs, Rev. Fr. Henry Opara, the Youths Chaplain, for mobilizing the youths for modernity, the Administrator, Rev. Fr. Clement Odoemena, for being proactive and Rev. Sr. J.T. Nwokoroku of Health sector for her quick response to duty, especially when life is at risk.

He said JDPC Commission has a dream of expanding the skill acquisition to an Institute of repute, with many more artisanship aids. He called on the youths to embrace the scheme, which he said remains free of charge.

Fr. Opara, Youth Chaplain, Fr. Agogbuo, Director Entrepreneurship and Fr. Ray Nzereogu, Director Ozisa Radio FM as well as Sr. Nwokoroku and Engr. Cyril Eke, Vice Chairman of Entrepreneurship, were among the dignitaries who spoke at the event. They all advised the graduands on the need to make good use of the opportunity provided them by the church through JDPC, while urging them to extend same gesture to the society by empowering others.

Highlights of the event were the launching of Almanac of the graduands, showcasing of their talents – class and style of the dresses sewn by them, award of Certificates to the graduands and appreciations by attendees. Miss Emmanuela, alumni of the institute stole the show with her presence, noting that her works have gone viral up to Germany.

Fr. Njoku, apart from footing the bill of the Almanac production, also gave stipends to the last year’s graduates to augment their efforts. He Njoku and the teacher of the graduands, Mr. Magnus Ndum joined the grauduands in paying glowing tributes to Mr. Kingsley Ohaeri, the JDPC Scribe and manager of the Skill Acquisition Institute, for his wondrous acts and innovations that conjure a galaxy of good legacies.

Other dignitaries at the event included Most Rev. Moses Chikwe, erstwhile Special Assistance to Imo State Governor on Skill Acquisition, Hon. Godswill Onyebuchi and Imo State Coordinator, National Human Rights Commission, Mrs. Ukachi Uka.

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Happy day at Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze … as Bishop Chikwe commissions landmark projects

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Happy day at Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze ... as Bishop Chikwe commissions landmark projects

Monday June 7, was a day of joy for students and formators of Assumpta Minor Seminary Naze, Owerri North, as they paid host to the auxiliary bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe.

The auxiliary bishop was at the school to commission two landmark projects: the newly renovated JSS hostel (All Saints Hostel) transformed by the rector of the Seminary, and a brand new 50KVA FG Wilson sound-proof generator procured for power supply in the Seminary.

Bishop Chikwe was delighted at the level of transformation in the school, particularly the face-lift brought by the renovated All Saints Hostel, a structure he saw last in disrepair during the Foundation Day ceremony of the Seminary in March last year.

Commissioning of the brand new 50kva soundproof generator by the bishop

In his brief speech during the ceremony, the chief shepherd charged the seminarians to appreciate the good work done by Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna, through the rector by ensuring that they make good use of the ultra modern facility, which aimed at enhancing both their academic well-being and overall seminary formation.

He pointed out the need for them to always appear neat not only externally but also internally, adding that to keep the hostel and the entire school premises clean should remain their watchword at all times.

The rector, Fr. Barr. Akoronye, in his thank you remark, expressed gladness that the bishop found time to commission the projects. He believed that the projects would boost the image of the seminary as well as helping the students aim high in their academic pursuit.

A cross section of seminarians during the ceremony

Present at the occasion were members of the Archdiocesan Seminary Committee, who included: Rev. Frs. Paschal Mbagwu, Eustace Okere, Bethrand Ujunwa, Bonaventure Opara and Henry Ajaero.

Other priests in attendance were Rev. Frs. Kyrian Agogbuo, Francis Ngere and Martin Agalaba.

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Auxiliary bishop inaugurates St David’s Orodo …Sues for peace in Igboland

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Auxiliary bishop inaugurates St David's Orodo …Sues for peace in Igboland

Auxiliary Catholic bishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe has advised those fanning the embers of hatred and violence in Imo State and Igbo land as a whole to refrain, stressing that as a people of Christian faith “we’re all part of the sacred body of Christ.”

The message was contained in a homily the bishop delivered last Sunday at St. David’s Catholic Church Ubahaeze Orodo, Mbaitoli LGA, during the official inauguration ceremony of the church; where about 54 candidates received the sacrament of Confirmation.

Bishop Chikwe, who represented Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna at the event, anchored his admonition on the day’s feast of the Body & Blood of Christ.

He regretted that in spite of the lengthy years of Christianity in Igbo land, adherents of the religion were yet to grapple with the “simple injunction: Love one another as yourself.”

Speaking directly to Catholics, the auxiliary bishop said: “Majority of us tends to lose sight of the spiritual value of what we receive at Holy Communion. Be reminded that through this sacred act, all of us are unified in the blood of Christ. So let’s give peace a chance. Let’s forgive one another and let’s continue to tolerate each other.”

Reflecting on the Sacrament of Confirmation, Bishop Chikwe, who was flanked at the Mass by Rev. Frs. Philip Opara and Samuel Uzoukwu, parish priest and Archdiocesan Chancellor/Secretary respectively, advised the newly confirmed to give their life completely to the service of God, adding that the spirit of God they received would make them soldiers of Christ.

The bishop had earlier at the Mass presented the Book of Inauguration Decree to the parish priest, following the priest’s installation as pioneer parish priest and inauguration of members of Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).

The inauguration segment featured Archbishop Obinna’s gifts presentation of Ciborium and Chasuble to the parish. Upon receiving the gifts from the auxiliary bishop, the newly installed parish priest and his PPC Chairman, Sir Peter Opara, in a separate reaction, promised to discharge their duties with obedience and faithfulness.

The happy event took another turn with Archbishop’s arrival toward the tail end of the Mass, as his presence elicited happy response from parishioners.

Citing “not too strong” as reason for unable to preside at the Mass, the Owerri Metropolitan, who ensured that he maintained his usual style of honoring parish inauguration ceremony with song composition, led the happy church faithful in the following lyrics: Ubahaeze kele Chineke, Ubahaeze Tobe Jesu, Ubahaeze nara Muonso, Ubahaeze kwusa Ozioma.

The event shifted to the reception ground shortly after Mass with blessing of the Parish rectory.

It should be recalled that St. David’s Ubahaeze, former Station Church under Stella Maris Parish Orodo, on April 13, 2017 was raised to parish status, with Fr. Opara appointed as pioneer parish priest. 

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