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Knights urged to speak out against injustice, oppression in society

Photo: Rev. Fr. Norbert Opara flanked by Sir Cyriacus Akotibe GK and Lady Maria Otolehi (LSM President) and other retreatants.

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Knights urged to speak out against injustice, oppression in society

…As Holy Rosary Sub- Council ends Retreat

Knights of the Church have been called upon not to be indifferent to what happens in the society, rather they are expected to be attentive and show a sense of concern about events and incidents in their communities, state and nation.

This is part of a resolution reached at the end of a one-day retreat by the Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, Holy Rosary Sub-council, Owerri, held at Mulumba Hall Owerri.

According to the resolution, “To show interest in what happens in the society entails speaking out against human rights abuse and violations, hatred, dehumanization, injustice, etc”.

The Sub-council raised the case of Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl from Borno State who has been in the enclave of Boko Haram terrorist group for three years now, for refusing to denounce Christianity, noting that her case should attract intense physical protests by Christians to complement their prayers.
The Sub-Council also advised the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) “to stop being the toothless bulldog it has always been, but to come out visibly against any form of human rights abuse”.

On the theme of the retreat – “Filled with His Goodness,” the participants said, “it was most appropriate for the period and thanked the resource persons and the leadership of the sub-council for endeavoring to hold the retreat in spite of some drawbacks.

The resolution also advised the Knights and Ladies to revisit the core aims and objectives of the Order which include, Charity, Solidarity, Discipline, Evangelization etc.

Rev. Fr. Dr. Longinus Chinagorom, who was the resource person, had earlier elaborated on the main theme of the Retreat – ‘Filled with His Goodness’, saying that he was inspired to use the theme from the content of Assumpta Hymnal No 332, “Blessed Assurance”, picking from the 3rd Stanza.

He expanded the theme further with the last line of the stanza – “Lost in His Love”. He explained how humans get lost in God’s love, quoting Vatican II document Lumen Gentium. The Vatican Document Nos. 9 – 13 that has been translated into lgbo in Chapter 5 of the 2019 Odenigbo Lecture, lays emphasis on the path of grace granted us in God through the Church – the Mystical Body of Christ, our Mother and Teacher, for us to save the wounded world.

Fr. Chinagorom, who is also the chaplain of the Sub-Council, observed poor recruitment in the Order and advised them to attract more youthful members.

Another resource person, Rev. Fr. Norbert Opara, Assistant Parish Priest of St. Mulumba Parish, Owerri, dwelt on “Forgiveness and Love” as a way to be good children of God. He gave numerous references, citations, quotations and examples adding that Forgiveness and Love work together for a good Christian life. The Retreat was concluded with a Holy Mass.

In his vote of thanks, the Worthy Grand Knight, Sir Cyriacus C. Akotibe thanked the resource persons, noting that, it was one of the best retreats they have had in recent times.

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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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