. . . As St Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish, Ekwulobia leads in 2019 Cathedraticum with 51 Cows; Our Lady of Fatima Igboukwu, 43 Cows
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The auxiliary bishop of Awka Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Jonas Benson Okoye, has commended the priests, religious and lay faithful of Ekwulobia Catholic Region of the diocese for what he described as their outstanding supports and contributions to the growth of Awka Diocese.
Bishop Okoye, who stated this at the 2019 Annual Chrism Mass and Cathedraticum of Ekwulobia Catholic Region, held at St Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Church, Podium, Ekwulobia, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State on Holy Monday, April 15, 2019, attributed a good number of developmental projects ongoing at the Awka Diocesan-owned Peter University, Onneh, to the goodwill and contributions of Ekwulobia Regional faithful.
According to the bishop, Chief Sir Joseph Ezeokafor (Jezco) of Ekwulobia, is building the international stadium at the university at the cost of over N170M; Chief Paul Amanchukwu Okonkwo (Pokobros) of Isuofia, is building the Students' Centre; Holy Child Secondary School, Isuofia is building the Vice Chancellor's Quarter and Engr. Bart Nwibe of Igboukwu is building the ICT Centre, among others.
Earlier in his homily, the auxiliary bishop thanked the priests and the laity of the region for their collaborative supports which made the cathedraticum a success and had sustained the running of the region, saying that pastoral duties would have been difficult without the support of the laity.
On the Chrism Mass which doubled with the annual renewal of priestly vows by the priests, the bishop noted that the annual renewal was very important to keep the priests abreast of their duties and the mystery of the sacred priesthood which they represent. Bishop Okoye extolled the priests for what he described as their wonderful commitment to the priestly apostolate, the hardships and difficulties, notwithstanding.
The bishop at the Mass, blessed the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumen, and consecrated the Chrism Oil, with which the Church would work in the region for the next year.
Ekwulobia Regional Council through the address of welcome that was signed by the Episcopal Vicar, Rev. Fr. Ignatius Onwuatuegwu; the Vice Chairman, Regional Council, Sir Richard Nnadi and the Secretary, Regional Council, Mrs. Chinenye Okonkwo, and read by the secretary, noted that the event was in gratitude to God for his benevolence and goodness. The region thanked the bishop for his fatherly care, and supported the cathedraticum with two cows.
In their supports to the diocesan projects, the consistent champion, St Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish, Ekwulobia, led in the cathedraticum with 51 cows, pegged at N50, 000 each; Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Igboukwu, followed 2nd with 43 cows; St Augustine' Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, came 3rd with 31 cows; while Immaculate Heart of Mary's Parish, Uga, followed 4th with 30 cows, as other parishes and institutions followed behind.