The annual Owerri Diocesan Students’ Rally for 2012 was recently rounded off at the Cathedral Church of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, with several activities including debates, march past, sports, Bible quiz and Mathematics competition among participants from the Archdeaconries in the diocese.
Addressing the participants before handing over prizes to the winners, the President of the Women’s Ministries, Dr. (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha, said that the essence of the annual event was to keep students busy during the vacation period with religious and worthwhile part-time activities “to avoid Satan finding them job during the long vacation”.
While commending the participants for their decent dressing, she advised them not to cheat during sports competitions because others are doing so and urged them to imbibe the spirit of the 4P’s of the Diocese of Owerri – Repentance, Reformation, Revival and Restoration.
Earlier in his sermon at the devotional service, the Cathedral Administrator, Ven. Paul Nwozuzu, who stood in fort the bishop, spoke on the theme of the programme – Spiritual Transformation – urged the participants to strive to know the will of God towards them.
He assured them that with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they would understand God’s will as he urged them to surrender their lives to Jesus, which indeed some of them did, while others re-dedicated themselves to God.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Sir George Ekezie, commended the organizers of the event and the participants, advising that at the next rally, health workers be involved at sports competitions.
He counseled students to be wary of the bad influences of peer group and to always carry out their activities with the fear of God.
The Coordinator 1, Lady Kalaya Opara, presented her address also while Lady V.N Echerue lectured on Spiritual Transformation
Obinze Archdeaconry won the first prize in the march-past with CATOL and Christ Church Archdeaconries taking the second and third positions, respectively.
In the Bible Quiz, Christ Church Archdeaconry came first, CATOL second and Uratta North, third.
Amakohia Archdeaconry topped in the Oral Quiz, followed by Aladinma and Orodo.
Amakohia Archdeaconry also emerged winners in the Sack Race with Obinze coming second as Uratta North grabbed the third position.