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St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala: Newly elected Nat’l Exco meets with Bishop Chikwe

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St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala: Newly elected Nat’l Exco meets with Bishop Chikwe

…Solicits support for alma mater

The newly elected National Executives of the prestigious St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala (SPCS) led by their President General, Mr. John-Jude Uchenna Okere on Tuesday April 13 paid a courtesy visit to His Lordship, Most. Rev. Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Diocese at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Secretariat. The Old Boys of St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala had their National Convention on April 5 (Easter Monday) wherein they elected their national officers.

Mr. John-Jude Uchenna Okere, President General and Spokes-person of the delegation told the Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Chikwe, that they regretted not pulling the Archbishop Most. Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna and himself out given the milestone they achieved on the day. According to Mr. Okere, what happen on the day of the National Convention could better be understood in the spirit of the transfiguration.

Presenting copies of the Alumni Constitution and Program of the National Convention to Most Rev. Chikwe, Mr. Okere said, “My Lord we are proud today to tell you that the national and global family of St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala (a village of peace) has fully been consolidated, and has gotten to an enviable stage were every chapter and class are part of the national body”. Mr. John-Jude Okere reiterated the fact that the solidarity of all members of the alumni is geared towards ensuring that St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala takes the form and shape it should take. He was ecstatic in telling Most. Rev. Chikwe that the association has over 500 members of the alumni formerly registered and more still counting.

Reacting to the delegates, Most Rev. Chikwe thanked them for their visit saying that he is so delighted to see them and know what they have been working on for a long time. The ecstatic Most Rev. Chikwe said he is so happy on their achievements so far, adding that this is an association he has been praying that it comes to life, “I thank God that you are finally galvanizing the association to be strong” Most Rev. Chikwe said.

Most. Rev. Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri praying for and blessing the newly elected Excos of St. Peter Clever Seminary Okpala Old Boys alumni who paid him a courtesy call, April 13.

Beaming with smiles and blessedness, Most Rev. Chikwe said, SPCS Okpala has produced men of timber and caliber within and outside the sores of the country. The Prelate told the delegates that while studying in the US that he was part of the association and that they made contributions and donations to help their alma mater. He however encouraged the National Body to work as assiduously as they can to galvanize the body to an enviable height and ensure that things are more coordinated. Bishop Chikwe said that SPCS Okpala was a highbred nursery place for them all, adding that they all as priests had their formation there, adding that they can never forget SPCS Okpala.

Speaking to The Leader, the President General, Mr. John-Jude Uchenna Okere said the new executives of SPCS Okpala came to pay courtesy call to the Auxiliary Bishop Most. Rev Moses Chikwe, to intimate him on what the alumni is doing so far and the plans ahead of them. Speaking about his vision for SPCS Okpala, Mr. Okere said, “I want SPCS Okpala to enjoy a more robust integrated servicing in terms of welfare and academic excellence”.

Speaking on the challenges before him and his executives, Mr. Okere said, “God has already given them the grace, adding that so far they have succeeded and made landmark achievements. Mr. Okere told The Leader Newspaper that the SPCS Okpala alumni association has a working group life insurance for all her registered members, adding that in an event of the death of a member, the insurance comes in and takes care. The President General said that his dream as the president is to raise leaders of sound mind.

On his part the Vice President of the Association Barr. Michael Nkwocha beckoned on the Auxiliary Bishop Most Rev. Moses Chikwe to sensitize priests of the alumni association to be fully interested in what the association is doing, adding that it is a breading ground for the Catholic clergy than the lay faithful.

Members of the delegates include; Chief John-Jude Uchenna Okere, Hon. Nnadozie Obinna Onyeakazi (Financial Secretary), Hon. Sir Henry Fidelis Igbokwe (Director of Socials), Chief Vitalis Onyenze (member), Barr. Michael Nkwocha (Vice President) and Mr. Obasi Ibe Basilides (General Secretary).

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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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