By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
In what the leadership of the organisation described as reward for good work, the Catholic Women’s Organisation (CWO) of Old Awka Diocese, last Tuesday, June 16, held a send-off ceremony for five former organisers with cash and other gifts, in appreciation of their services to the Church and the organisation, for the six years they served as former organisers in their various deaneries.
The event at the ground floor of the CWO-owned Cana House Complex, Awka, was in observance of the COVID-19 protocols.
The five former organisers, fondly known as the Class of Five, were Lady Ngozi Meg Okoye, Awka 1 Deanery; Mrs Francisca Muolokwu, Adazi Deanery; Lady Bibian Ezeokoli, Akpo Deanery; Lady Theresa Aguluka, Agulu Deanery and Mrs Lilian Nwankwo, Ekwulobia Deanery.
Speaking on the occasion, the Director, CWO, Awka Diocese, Lady Theresa Chinyere Azodo, LSM, thanked the former organisers for their sacrifices and services to the Church during the six years they served as organisers in their various deaneries, praying God, who, she said, led them through, to continue to sustain them.
The director urged them to give their successors the needed support where necessary, to enable them to succeed. This was even as she advised them against turning themselves into stumbling blocks for the leaders of the CWO at all levels.
Lady Azodo, who called for the continuous growth of the CWO at all levels, enjoined the successors of the former organisers not to dwell on any error of their predecessors, but instead strive to move the CWO forward.
For his part, the chief chaplain, CWO, Awka Diocese, Rev Fr Clifford Aniefuna, thanked God for what he described as the growth of CWO through the duties of the organisers and other members at all levels.
Rev Fr Aniefuna expressed delight that through the activities of the CWO excos at all levels, even the women in the remotest areas of the diocese felt the impact of the organisation.
He urged the organisers, who, according to him, were the channels between the diocese and the members at the grassroots, to always be good ambassadors of the Organisation and the Church.
Also speaking, the Sister Adviser of the diocesan CWO, Rev Sr Nkiruka Ezedinachi, HHCJ, charged the organisers and other executive members of the organisation at the deanery and the diocesan levels to be responsible co-operators in their various home parishes and deaneries.
She charged them to carry out their duties as children of God and not for purposes of gaining personal praise.
Responding on behalf of the Class of 5, the former organiser, Akpo Deanery, Lady Bibian Ezeokoli, thanked God that five of them worked and handed over successfully in good health and life.
Lady Ezeokoli, who narrated how God revived the health of her husband through the intercession of the Holy Mother Mary, urged the organisers and all executive members of the CWO to commit their families and needs to Jesus and Mary for the needed progress while rendering services to the Catholic Church.
She thanked the CWO for the gifts they were appreciated with, praying for God’s continuous blessings on the Catholic mothers, the CWO and the Church.