By Chioma Ndife
Block Rosary Crusade of Nigeria, Umunze Deanery has presented awards of honour to about 26 individuals following their contributions and efforts which had helped to sustain the activities and survival of the pious association.
The awards of honour was presented to the individuals on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Madonna Girls' Secondary School, Umunze, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State during the first Deanery Congress of the association.
The maiden congress which started on December 21 and ended on 24th, 2018, organized under the theme 'Be it done to me according to your words', provided an avenue for the association to raise fund through the launching of canopies and chairs.
Delivering his talk at the opening Holy Mass of the congress, the Chaplain of Umunze Deanery Block Rosary, Rev. Fr. Cosmos Ibeh emphasized on the importance of accepting the will of God and living solely for the purpose of pleasing God always. He warned them against stealing, lying, using abusive words among other sins which they often regard as small sins and highlighted the consequences which one would face by committing such sins. He urged them to model their lives on the three children of Fatima and develop the habit of praying always.
He beckoned on the children to inculcate the habit of helping people both within and outside their environs and pointed out ways which they could render help to others, noting that such acts attract divine blessings.
Speaking on the importance of the congress, Fr. Ibeh disclosed that the congress was organized in a bid to enhance members' understanding of God, Blessed Virgin Mary and Catholic doctrine. He noted that the congress would increase the faith of block rosary children and solidify their belief in intense pray life.
He express optimism towards making the congress a yearly event and identified lack of fund as the major challenge facing the association, saying that finance limits its operation and ability in carrying out some activities geared for the uplifting of members.
Speaking to Fides, the Deanery President, Bro. Echezonachukwu Ileakpunwa, said that the congress was organized in order to inculcate deeper understanding about Mary, among other things into the growing children. He said that the idea towards the congress was developed after the executives took part in the Nnewi Congress.
In his address of welcome, Ileakpunwa appreciated the deanery executives, matrons, patrons and other individuals whose efforts were instrumental to the organization of the programme.
He revealed that the programme would educate every one particularly the association members on how to obey and answer God's call with a humble spirit.
He disclosed that the launching of canopies and chairs infused into the day's event was to assist the body purchase a bus and a set of band that would necessary its growth and effective functioning.
One of the awardees who spoke to Fides, Mrs. Angelina Iloabuchi noted that she earned the award following her contributions to the association when she was the deanery secretary. She noted that her service and sacrifice led so many members into the religions life. She called on the present leadership of the association to always invite pioneers members to a meeting every Christmas season, saying that such meetings would help propel the association to a greater height.
Quiz competition, calisthenics, drama, cultural display, egg and sack race were highpoints of the congress that witnessed the participation of various block rosary members from different parishes that made up Umunze deanery.