The new transition committee of Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher, Anglican Diocese of Owerri has been inaugurated.
Performing the inauguration ceremony at the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri recently, the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, charged the members to try and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as they discharge their responsibilities.
Bishop Okorocha asked them to use the period of the transition to get their priorities right and to put the round pegs in round holes, adding that the more they realize what Jesus has done for them as knights and ladies, the more they prepare to be more committed to God’s work in accordance with the purpose of their investiture into the knighthood.
He noted that, a knight is a bearer of Christ, not by carrying the Cross alone, but also to live a life worthy of note and a life filled with Christ.
The prelate reiterated that the idea of appointing the Transition Committee now is to make room for a gradual and sequential handover from the old executives some of whom, he observed, have been in office since the past ten years and above, to a new executive that is expected to be elected into office anytime after the 2015 Palm Sunday.
According to him, the Transition Committee would help to train some new knights yet to be appointed and to weed off old knights and ladies who are found not to be committed to the course of the Knighthood, expressing disappointment that, inspite of the fact that the Owerri Council at the moment has the largest number of Knights and Ladies in the country, yet their ability to support the mission of the church is not quite commensurate with their numerical strength and period of establishment as a council.
Bishop Okorocha who still expressed hope and confidence in the council, advised the council members to always read the Holy Bible, bear it and live it out, adding that their successes must be inspired by the Lord.
Bishop Okorocha, while performing the inauguration ceremony at the Cathedral Altar, announced that Lady Dr. Patience Njemanze has henceforth become a Dame.
In his response, the newly appointed president and chairman of the interim exco of the Knights’ Committee expressed gratitude to the Bishop for his new vision for the council.
He noted that the relationship existing between the Bishop and the council has been more cordial than that existing between many other councils and their Bishops.
The Ag President said that they have got the message from the Diocesan, and promised that they would do better henceforth, especially with the appointment of a body of Chaplains to work with them.
Sir Gab also used the occasion to thank the Clergy for their huge support to the council during the just concluded National Joint Convention of the Knights at CATOL, Owerri.
The Transition Committee has Sir Gab Oduah as Ag Chairman, with Sir Cliff Onyekuru and Hon. Sir Oliver Enwerenem as first and second Vice Chairman respectively, while Lady Pamela Njamenze and Lady Theresa Ekezie will lead the Ladies, Prof (Sir) Godfrey Nwandikom serves as Secretary, while Sir Ebenezer Mgbemena remains the Financial Secretary of the Committee. Also appointed into a definite position is Dame Stella Dike, who is to serve in the Committee as Prayer Secretary.
The Committee is expected to appoint some of its members to other necessary positions as it deems fit. Any member found not measuring up to expectation in terms of performance and attendance will be dropped.