By Emma Onumah
Henceforth, it has become mandatory for all Knights and Ladies from the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province who, either were investitured within the Province or anywhere else, to identify with their home dioceses within the province.
The decision was overwhelmingly taken at a delegate meeting of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Joint Council of Knights (JCK), held at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ezeoke Nsu penultimate Saturday.
Prior to this decision, majority of the delegates had decried a situation whereby most of the Knights and Ladies who are investitured in the urban cities and who also reside there? tend to neglect or pay little attention to the activities of their home dioceses.
Addressing the delegates’meeting, the Bishop of the .Diocese of Okigwe South, Rt. Rev. David O.C. Onuoha, charged the Knights and Ladies and indeed, all citizens of this nation to always embrace love and to useit to overcome evil.
Bishop Onuoha also charged the Knights and Ladies to shine as light in order to be able to offer solutions to issues militating against the church today.
The Prelate, who captioned his homily, “Sermon on the Kingdom” with text from Matthew Gospel Chapter 538, admonished the delegates not to retaliate nor return evil for evil, but to allow God, at all times, to fight for them, adding that the paying of evil for evil not only compounds the problems of society but also makes one to be disappointed before God.
He used the occasion to shower encomiums on the Okigwe South Council of Knights for being alive to their responsibilities in the Diocese, adding that his diocese has been receiving the favour of God despite its remote and rural location.
Expressing gratitude to the Bishop for squeezing out time from his crowded schedule, to come and address the delegate’s meeting, the current President General of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province JCK, Sir Israel Ekezie, noted that the meeting was summoned for them to harmonize a lot of issues affecting the Joint Council.
He used the occasion to commend the twelve dioceses in the Province for their support and massive attendance during the just-concluded maiden National Convention of the Joint Council of Knights, held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri and solicited their support in all the activities of the JCK.
In a brief address, the President of Okigwe South Council of Knights, Sir Samuel Urechukwu, expressed delight at the privilege given to his council to host the meeting.
The Holy Communion Service that preceded the meeting was conducted by the Chaplain of the Council of Knights, Okigwe South Diocese, Venerable Titus Aguecheta who is also the Vicar in-charge, Holy Trinity (Ang) Church, Onitcha Uboma, while other officiating ministers included Venerable Innocent Ezeji and the
Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Kelechi Ejim.