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Owerri Diocesan Synod ends in Style By Gid Ahanonu

The Owerri Diocesan Synod 2014 came to a successful close last Sunday with a thanksgiving service at the venue, St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church, Aladinma, Owerri.

One of the main events of the service was the launch for fund for the Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development (B.F.M.D) at which clips of the projects executed under the foundation were screened for the congregation’s viewing and appreciation.

Giving account of the programmes and developments in the diocese for the year, the Bishop, Rt, Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD disclosed that under the foundation, a bungalow and a four bed-room flat were built for a catechist and a widower priest respectively.

Furthermore, water bore holes (Mirindu) were sunk at St. Thomas Church, Eziama Obiato and St. John’s church, Umuomumu Mbieri while N1,000,000 was granted to St. John’s Church, Okwukwu for the re-roofing of the Church which roof was blown off by the wind.

The prelate also stated that the diocese through B.F.M.D. had within the period under review granted scholarships to some widows’ children and the clergy as well as funded the mission Schools including Professor Enoch Anyanwu Christ Eduction College (Peace), Our Saviour’s Secondary and Primary school, Amakohia, Christ the King International Secondary School, Christ Church, Owerri, Bishop Lasbery Girls Secondary School. The diocese also runs a holiday training programme for teachers by Prof. Ike, KSC, through B.F.M.D.

Bishop Okorocha extended gratitude to those who donated to the foundation under which the projects were executed and called on other good-spirited individuals to identify with the foundation as he assured that the programme is “characterized by conscience, integrity and accountability”.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Kafanchan who preached on the theme of the synod, Rt. Rev. Markus Dogo, charged Christians to raise leaders whose past lives are without blemish, with conscience and clean hands to work in the church according to Titus Chapter 1.

He noted that the ill of Nigeria is leadership that lacks conscience and the fear of God in both church and society.

The preacher urged the clergy and other church workers to strive not to embezzle church fund and to account for whatever are entrusted in their care, despite the difficulties in the country, in order not to attract God’s wrath.

The service was conducted by Ven. D.C.A. Oguike while the first lesson from Exodus 18: 13-21 was read by Dr (Sir) Dan N. Onwukwe as Hon. Justice Lady Chioma Nwosu-Iheme handled the second lesson from 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

The Aladinma Archdeaconry choir led by Ezekiel Obiesie and Harriet Anuforo, Vox Anglican a Choir led by Rev. Emma Okoroafor and the Clergy Wives Choral Group headed by Mrs Ojiugo Akakuru thrilled the congregation with soul-touching renditions.

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