By Adonis Amadi
The Imo State Council of the Boys’ Brigade, Nigeria last Sunday held a one-day outreach service at St. Peter’s (Ang) Cathedral, Arondizuogu, Ideato Diocesan.
The occasion was designed mainly to worship with their Episcopal Patron, Most Rev. Dr. Caleb Maduoma who is also the Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and the Bishop of Ideato.
In her address at the special service with the Archbishop, the president of the Imo State Council of the Boys’ Brigade, Lady Edith Okwudiri Onyejiaka explained the reasons for the event.
She said the occasion was for the members to evangelize and to fulfil their obligation “to catch them young for Christ”.
She stressed that the event afforded them the opportunity to honour the archbishop and to show him love.
Lady Onyejiaka who is the first female president of the brigade in the South-East recalled Most Rev. Maduoma’s assistance to the body including his directives to chaplains to always attend their meetings.
According to her, the directive had gone a long way in improving communication between the brigade and the bishops.
In the service conducted by the archbishop himself, the Cathedral Administrator, Ven. S.U.C. Ogochukwu, preached on the theme; “serving Christ in one another” as the first lesson from 1st Chronicle 29: 1-9 was read by Mrs Patricia Imo; Mrs Chinwe Okeke did the second from Acts 25: 41-47 while the Gospel taken from Matt. 25:31-46 was read by Rev. Kingsley Ofolela, the curate.
The occasion featured a march-pass with the archbishop taking the salute.