Fr Augustine Dim, Siblings, Bid Mother Farewell

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

The remains of the matriarch of Dimewuzie Family, late mother, Lolo Helen Kanelechi Dimewuzie (Nee Ezeigbokwe), were on Saturday, May 22, 2021, interred at her country home, Umuoru Village, Uga, Aguata LGA, Anambra State.

The late Lolo Dimewuzie, who died at 86 years on March 5, 2021, was the mother of An Ekwulobia Diocesan Catholic priest working in Chile, Rev Fr Augustine Chijioke Dim, and eight other children.

The remains of the late Lolo Helen Kanelechi Dimewuzie (being carried by relatives), leave St Paul’s Catholic Church, Uga to the deceased’s compound, Umuoru Uga for interment. 2nd from right is the Bishop of the CADEK, Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, May 21, 2021. Inset: Picture of the deceased.

Leading in the concelebrated burial Mass at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Uga, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, in his homily, tasked all on life of good works, steadfastness in faith, sacrifice for the good of the Church and humanity, love for the faithful and ministers of God, as well as intimate relationship with God, which he said, led one to heaven.

The bishop, who further based his reflections on the gospel of Saint John Chapter 6 from verse 39, reminded all of the need to live up to the will of God which entailed they lived their normal holy life and make heaven thereafter.

He exhorted all to examine their lives and make amends where necessary so as to be remembered by the worthwhile legacy which they must have left behind after their life on earth.

Most Rev Okpaleke, who equally emphasized the importance of family as a domestic Church, charged parents to ensure that they guarded their family members in the faith. He condoled with the family over the loss, and urged them to sustain their deceased’s matriarch’s philosophy of life which was total surrender to God.

The deceased was eulogised by her children as a mother in a million, who was said to be loving, caring, very hard working and yet very strict, as she stood on what was right. According to the children, their late mother was a woman who despised laziness and idleness; loved cleanliness, was calm, peaceful, honest, prayerful and very generous, as well as had great sense of humour and unequalled faith in God.

Fondly known as Ochie Dike and Mama Fada, the late Lolo Dimewuzie, was said to have aligned her will to that of God, her creator, and worried less about life’s challenges. She was a devout member of the Legion of Mary Society, and had the rosary as her strong weapon and companion.

The deceased’s priest son, Rev Fr Augustine Chijioke Dim on behalf of the family, thanked God for the gift of their mother, who according to him, was a role model to many. He also thanked all who supported the family and joined them in the Holy Masses for the repose of the soul of their late mother for their goodwill.

Among those that graced the burial were the priest and parishioners of St Pius X Parish, Okpeze, where Rev Fr Dim served as the parish priest, before he travelled to Chile; parish priest and parishioners of Madonna Assumpta Parish, Agulu; youth choir of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Ula, Ekwulobia, which Fr Dim formed when he served as the vicar in the parish and St Michael’s Parish Choir, Umueze, Uga (the Rosarian Singers), to which Fr Dim was a pioneer member as a student.