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CMO Ekwulobia Diocese Inaugurates Pioneer Executive

  • Builds Role Model CMO for CADEK– Fr Nwankwo

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

An 11-man team of pioneer executive members has been inaugurated to pilot the affairs of the Catholic Men’s Organisation, Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CMO-CADEK), for the next four years.

Inaugurating the new executive at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Ekwulobia, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, last Monday, November 16, the chief chaplain of CMO-CADEK, Rev Fr Peter Nwankwo, charged them and the members of the organisation to unite and build a role model CMO for the new diocese.

The chief celebrant, Rev Fr Peter Nwankwo (centre) with concelebrants, mass ministers, CMO members and others after the Mass.

In his homily of the concelebrated Holy Mass, Rev Fr Peter Nwankwo, who represented the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, tasked the executive on the need for unity and a formidable diocesan CMO that would be a role model for the deaneries and the parishes, stressing that unity was necessary for the growth of the organization and the new CADEK.

The chaplain, who equally tasked the CMO members on awakening, charged them to make themselves available for their responsibility as leaders and heads, who would set the pace for the CWO and other Church groups.

Fr Nwankwo urged the executive to key into the vision of grassroots evangelisation of the new Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia and embark on parish visitations so as to ensure a formidable CMO at the zonal and parish levels.

In his acceptance speech, the pioneer president, CMO-CADEK, Mr Vitus Uzor, tasked his executive members, as well as the executives of the deaneries and parishes, on availability and commitment to their responsibilities in their families, the Church and society at large.

He solicited for support from all the executive and the members to build an active and functional CMO of reputable probity, both at the grassroots and diocesan levels.

CMO members of Ekwulobia Region with the diocesan executive, priests and the CWO Director of Ekwulobia Diocese, Lady Theresa Azodo.

The president, at the inaugural meeting that followed the Mass, constituted a 7-Man Constitution Draft Constitution for the organisation.  The Committee, which had the CMO secretary, Barr Basil Aguigwo, KSJI, as the chairman; and the CMO financial secretary, Bro Albertus Adibe, KSM, as the secretary, was given three weeks to submit the draft. The 1994 Constitution of the CMO is to serve as a template for the Constitution Draft Committee.

For his part, the president, CMO, Nanka Deanery, Mr Dominic Okoye, thanked God for what he termed the successful Inauguration of the organization. He prayed God to endow the new executive with the needed grace to succeed.

The pioneer executive members who were elected on September 30, 2020, included Mr Vitus Uzor of Umuchu Deanery, president; Hon Fidelis Nnofu of Ekwulobia Deanery, vice president; Barr Basil Aguigwo, KSJI of Akpu Deanery, secretary; Sir Augustine Nnabuife, KSM of Achina Deanery, assistant secretary; Bro Albertus Adibe, KSM of Igboukwu Deanery, financial secretary and Sir Emeka Onwusoronye of Umunze Deanery, PRO.

The pioneer executive of CMO, Ekwulobia Diocese, during the inauguration rites. L-R: Mr Vitus Uzor, president; Hon Fidelis Nnofu, vice president; Barr Basil Aguigwo, KSJI, secretary; Sir Augustine Nnabuife, KSM, assistant secretary; Bro Albertus Adibe, KSM, financial secretary; Sir Emeka Onwusoronye, PRO; Mr Paul Onyebeke, welfare officer I; Mr Cyril Ezemedo, welfare officer II; Mr Bartholomew Okonkwo, chief provost and Mr Patrick Okoli Chuka, internal auditor.

The pioneer executive members of CMO-CADEK, taking their oaths of office and allegiance before the chief chaplain of CMO-CADEK, Rev Fr Peter Nwankwo (1st from left).

Others were Mr Paul Onyebeke of Umunze Deanery, welfare officer I; Mr Cyril Ezemedo of Akpo Deanery, welfare officer II; Mr Bartholomew Okonkwo of  Isuofia Deanery, chief provost; Mr Hyginus Mmaju of Uga Deanery, provost II and Mr Patrick Okoli Chuka of Nanka Deanery, internal auditor.

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