After years of challenges, Umunoha Archdeaconry became a reality in a solemn ceremony at Christ Anglican Church, Umunoha conducted by the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD.
In his charge, Bishop Okorocha praised the congregation for their courage and steadfastness during the period their church transited from Episcopal station to Parish to an Area and eventually to an Archdeaconry consisting of Christ Church, the head quarters, St. Barnabas’s Church, Obeakpu and St. Mark’s Church, Umudurundom.
The bishop also inaugurated the Archdeaconry Board as well as inducted the Administratior, Rev. Cannon Charles Alajemba.
He clarified the functions of the administrator to include being incharge of the Archdeaconry reminding him that the responsibility for his position entailed constant prayers.
In his sermon at the service conducted by the Archdeacon of Eziama Obiato, Ven. S.U.N. Duruji, Rev. Uneze Ukegbu, the Bishop’s Chaplain, stressed the essence of unity among the component churches in the Archdeaconry adding that by their new status, the light of God had come to dispel the darkness brought about by the old obnoxious practices.
The preacher urged them to shun hatred, hypocrisy and other vices that did not give glory to God since, according to him, “no sinner will escape His wrath”.
Lady Chidinma Obi read the only lesson from Philippians 2:1-11.
In his remarks, the inauguration committee chairman, Sir Charles Osuoji expressed the congregation’s joy at the materialization of their dream since 2000 attributing it to God’s grace that saw them through the challenges.
While acknowledging the bishop’s magnanimity in the form of financial assistance, Sir Osuoji counseled others who might pass through the same experience to have courage and pray unceasingly to God as nothing is impossible before God.
One of the high points of the event was the solidarity visit to Bishop Okorocha at the church by the congregation of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in the spirit of ecumenism.
The Umunoha Archdeaconry choir conducted by Rev. Ukwegbu performed at the service in which there was a fund-launch directed by Mr. Ndukaku J. Chimesie to which the congregation, their friends and invitees responded well.
Among those present were the Diocesan Registrar, Barr. Sir Ndukwe Nnawuchi, SAN, A.C.F.F. co-ordinator, Sir Engr. Onozie and wife, Managing Director, Anambra/Imo River Basin Authority and his staff, Akure-based, Rev. Amaobi Onyedineke, Priests, Knights and Ladies.