The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD last Sunday dedicated the ultra modern mega hall built by the Diocesan Women’s Ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of our Lord, (CATOL) premises, Owerri.
The occasion which attracted worshippers from across the diocese, mostly women parishoners and priests’ wives also featured the naming ceremony of the hall, as Hall of Praise, by the Bishop.
He noted that God has used the Women’s Ministries to do great and wonderful things in the Diocese, adding that it became necessary to have the Hall of Praise dedicated at this time, as the hall, according to him, would in no distant time serve as a place of worship for the Cathedral Congregation when the proposed renovation work on the dome of the Cathedral building would commence. Speaking earlier the President of the Women’s Ministries, Dr (Mrs.) Eunice I. Okorocha gave sincere thanks and adoration to God Almighty, for His mercies and enablement, that made it possible for the Women’s Ministries to complete the building of the hall, without levying any woman in the Diocese, except through proceeds from their annual women conferences, the Christ the Good Shepherd Centre, and donations from a few individuals who voluntarily decided to identify with the building project.
On behalf of herself and the entire women of the Diocese, Mama Owerre thanked the Lord Bishop for graciously allowing them the use of the land within the Cathedral premises to build the hall, without recording any major casualty all through the period of the construction work.
According to her, every hand was virtually on deck to see to the completion of the project, but she felt somehow obliged to also say a big “thank you” to three professionals who, according to her, had rendered immense professional services towards the building of the hall from the beginning to the end at no cost to the Women’s Ministries.
They include Rev. Canon Dennis Nkachukwu, an architect who did the architectural drawing plan of the building, Sir Cliff Onyekuru, a quantity surveyor whom, she said, provided the quantity survey services of the building, and Sir Arinze Ilioh, an engineer that took care of the structural aspects of work on the building.
Apart from having good natural wind condition, through its multiple windows, the hall, according to Mama Owerri, has a good functional water borehole, a large number of ceiling fans, many big size split air-condition units, and a standby 100KVA generator, to serve the entire hall which, she said, is capable of accommodating about 2,500 guests comfortably.
The first lesson of the service, taken from Exodus 121″14, was read by Dr. (Mrs) Eunice I. Okorocha (Mama Owerri), while Mrs Harriet Oguike, the next most Senior Vice President in the Diocese took the 2nd lesson from Luke 22:7-20.
Earlier in his sermon at a church service to mark the occasion, the Cathedral Administrator, Ven Paul Nwozuzu, called on Christians to always be awake to spiritual things as God is always moving with those who have faith and Trust in Him.
He noted that some churches, do not conduct night vigils properly due to laziness of some members and urged the people to reflect on the story of the Israelits with the feast of Passover in which they accepted with obedience what God directed them to do so as to be delivered out of Egypt.
Ven Nwazuzu observed that God has a purpose of keeping people at a place and His will must be obeyed no matter the circumstances adding that any one who confesses Christ, and takes His body, drinks His blood must be ready to shun old traditions and also be willing to sacrifice his life for Christ.
The preacher then urged Christians to share the gospel with other people by reaching the unreached wherever they are as many people are still ignorant of the word of God and its interpretation.