. . Explore Ways of Strengthening Family Institution
By Chioma Ndife
Life Members of Awka Catholic Diocese has held her 2019 Quarterly Summit in a bid to discover new ways of strengthening the family institution and building lasting relationships among family members.
The summit which was organized with the theme, ‘The Family and how to get it Right’ which took place at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA, March 23, provided an avenue for the Catholic mothers to discuss possible ways of planting God in various families, starting from their own individual families. The mothers during the summit stressed the need for all women to continuously look up to Mary as a model.
Speaking to Fides, the co-chaplain of the Catholic Women’s Organization, (CWO) Awka Diocese, Rev. Fr. Anthony Akabuogu, described the association as a little group set aside from the CWO to model the virtues and values of motherhood/Christian womanhood and following the Blessed Virgin more closely. He noted that the major role of the group was to be role model for others in the church.
He warned members against looking at the association as a social club, noting that such had brought bad name to the association in the past. He urged members who had taken the association as a social club to discard such thought and return to the spirituality of the group in a bid to play out the roles for which they were found.
The co-chaplain who gave an illustration with the story of the prodigal son, noted that there was crisis in that family because the mother who was not mentioned did not live up to her expectations. He therefore beckoned on them to live up their roles as mothers to prevent unnecessary crises from rocking their homes.
Earlier in his homily during the Concelebrated Eucharistic Celebration that preceded the summit, Fr. Akabuogu tasked the mothers to model their families according to the Holy Family of Mary, Jesus and Joseph, noting that God had presented the family picture to them for imitation.
He regretted that most mothers had abandoned their roles as mother and maintained that it was important for them to brace up to the responsibility which God bestowed on them as mothers. He called on those who had lost their husbands to double their role and become the fathers in their respective homes for the benefits of the children.
Also speaking, the Diocesan Vice President of the association, Lady Oby Vero Onyenwe, noted that the group through their various meetings, looked at happenings in families, as well as problems in Nigeria, among other vital issues affecting humanity negatively in order to put things right to help members who were part and parcel of society.
She noted that through the summit, the association usually came up with ideas on how to ameliorate and correct the problems faced by families suffering.
She appreciated Fr. Akabuogu for honouring their invitation and stated that his presence had enriched the mothers in various ways.
For her part, the Secretary of Awka Diocesan Life Members, Lady Paulina Onwulara, disclosed that by coming together quarterly, members of the association had been able to reorganize themselves, identify the various problems posed by members in their different communities and observe the behaviour of members to ensure they corresponded with the guiding principles on which the association was formed.
She noted that by so doing, members would be properly educated to act in ways that would make others to emulate them and bring them closer to Mary, as ambassadors.
To Mrs. JuneMary Meka, the association had empowered her among members to work for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church in a special way.