By Emma Onumah
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, recently dedicated a two-bedroom bungalow built for the erstwhile Cross Bearer of the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, Mr Caleb Ugwuaba.
The dedication of the structure built by CATOL took place at Mr. Ugwuaba’s home town, Umuanorue, Ezi-Amaulu in the newly-created Umunjam-Mbieri Administrative Area of Owerri Diocese.
Speaking at the occasion, the bishop posited that God would always bless anyone who has served Him faithfully like he had blessed Mr. Ugwuaba with the new building at no cost to him.
Bishop Okorocha lauded the CATOL congregation for implementing his earlier challenge to them to erect a structure for the former Cathedral Cross Bearer who was also an active member of CATOL choir before he was incapacitated by ill-health.
The prelate equally commended Sir Emeka and Lady Gloria Njoku who were committed member of the choir then and who drew his attention to the plight of Mr Ugwuaba prompting his action towards Mr Ugwuaba’s welfare needs and care through the Cathedral Church.He stressed the need for Christians to see one another and attend to one another’s needs at all times as he charged ST. Michael’s Church, Amaulu, Caleb’s home church, to be helping him henceforth.
Speaking while handing over the key of the house to the bishop, the Cathedral Administrator, Ven. (Dr) Akajiaku Chukwuocha expressed gratitude for serving them through the challenges they encountered in the course of building the house, thanking the CATOL congregation for their marvelous support without which, he said, the task might not have been accomplished.
Speaking on behalf of the Unamba/Ugwuaba family, Barr. Nnamdi Unamba described the gesture as monumental and worthy of emulation by the generality of today’s church of Christ adding also that it is a panacea for the growth of evangelism for which the Anglican Diocese of Owerri is known.
Barr. Unamba expressed their deep to the bishop and CATOL congregation for the immense love and generosity extended to their brother, disclosing that he started singing in the choir right from his youths at St. Michael’s, Church Amaulu.
Priests at the occasion were Ven.Chukwuma Akakuru, Archdeacon in-charge of Obazu-Mbieri Archdeaconry, Rev. Can. Ozioma Ejiekpe, Administrator of Umunjam-Mbieri Area and Rev. Dr. Timothy Agoha, priest-in-charge Amaulu-Mbieri Parish.