A newly completed hall located in the premises of the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri has been commissioned by the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D.
The new hall which has the capacity to accommodate about two thousand guests was named the “New Hope Centre”.
Speaking while commissioning the hall, the bishop expressed gratitude to God, for all who put their resources towards the construction and completion of the hall, especially the Women’s Ministries of the Cathedral who, he said, committed a lot of their resources and time to ensure the realization of the project, and urged all that would make use of the hall to always put their trust and hope on Christ the Solid Rock.
Bishop Okorocha announced that two other large halls located underneath the Cathedral Church Building, hopefully, would be completed and dedicated in the second week of December, 2014.
He commended all those who have been donating for the realization of such projects through the Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Developments, and prayed them not to relent in their giving, as God would always guide, protect and bless them immeasurably.
In her vote of thanks, on behalf of the CATOL Women’s Ministries, one of the Women’s Leaders in the Church, Lady (Dr) Lilian Nkwoada recalled how the project had passed through four stages, namely – conception, implementation, construction and completion stages, with the Bishop and his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Eunice Okorocha, ever demonstrating their magnanimity, love, and spiritual encouragement to them, to see their vision of erecting the hall was realized, and therefore, expressed their profound gratitude and loyalty to them.
Highlight of the occasion was the announcement by the Diocesan to have the hall fully air-conditioned without delay, courtesy of he Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development.
…Admonishes parents on child upbringing\
Parents have been admonished to teach their children the right way to go, and do so right from their infancy.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D who gave this admonition at a service held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, noted that, to be able to do so, there was need for parents, to first of all, repent from their sins, so as to be in a better position to teach and pray for their children.
Bishop Okorocha argued that Christians should be able to build up their families, churches and communities in order to have substantial evidence of foot prints of transparency, honesty, sincerity and the beauty of Jesus abounding in them, without which no person, family or community can survive.
He emphasized the importance of training up a child, so that when he grows, not only that he will not forget but will also, from time to time, remember what his father or mother has taught him, adding that such a child will not turn to be a disgrace to the family.
On the part of children, he challenged them to ensure that they can say that they have a loving father or mother, and that same can be said of them too by their parents.
As the prelate further stated, “it is needless for us to spend our time fighting over trivialities, but rather to learn to forgive one another so that the beauty of Jesus would continue to be seen in us as Christians.”