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Another milestone …As Diocese of Owerri rounds off 20th Synod today

The 1st session of the 20th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri ends today with a thanksgiving service at St. John’s (Ang) Church, New Owerri, venue of the synod.
The four-day event with the theme; “How Then Shall We Live; life in the Eschatological Dimension”, kicked off on Thursday, October 15, and presented a forum for stocktaking as well as a projection into the future of the Diocese.
Bishop Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, Bishop of the  Diocese, yesterday presented the presidential Address on the heels of Friday’s presentation of reports by archdeaconries, churches, and parastatals in the Diocese.
Today’s activities will also feature a fund launch for the Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development (BFMD), a foundation set up by Bishop Okorocha which has made landmark achievements in the development of both the spiritual and physical lives of the Anglican faithful and beyond.
Some of the record-breaking achievements include the Nmiri-Ndu (water for live) projects in most of the churches in the diocese, the establishment of churches which has brought about far reaching evangelization and soul-winning as well as the development of model schools which have turned into pacesetters in the education sector.
Also remarkable is the effort of the Diocesan, Rt. Rev. Okorocha, in the health sector.
Speaking in a pre-synod interview with Christian Voice a notable Anglican faithful, Dr. Benjamin Uzoma Azubuike,  consultant physician and cardiologist, said that the Owerri Anglican Diocese, under the episcopacy of Bishop Okorocha, has scored high remarks in church-planting.
According to him, the diocese has performed impressively in terms of Church spread which is a result of Bishop Okorocha’s efforts in mission and evangelism.
He pointed out St. John’s (Ang) Church New Owerri, venue of this year’s synod, as a classical example of the churches that rapidly sprang up and grew in leaps and bounds.
St. John’s has already given birth to St. Michael’s and all Angels, Emmanuel (Ang) Church, Area L, all in New Owerri and has made moves to create chapels under it Dr. Azubuike, a senior constantan at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, was also marveled at the number of schools established under Bishop Okorocha, saying that all the big churches in the Diocese now run schools.
He gave kudos to the Diocesan for the new look Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) as well as the new vicarage and conference halls in the CATOL premises.
Dr. Azubuike, who also consults free of charge at the St. Luke’s Referral Centre at Uzzi Mission compound Mbaise Road, Owerri looked forward to a period when the Diocese would own a full hospital to cater for the health needs of the faithful.
He gave the Holy Rosary Hospital Emekwuku, established by the Catholic Church, the Good Shepherd Hospital in the Anglican Diocese of Enugu and the Ikeduru Diocese’s St Christopher Hospital as examples of what he expects in the Owerri Diocese.
“We look forward to a diocese with a full-fledged hospital to cater for the health need of the congregation.”
Dr. Azubuike, who said that the proposal has been with the bishop, hoped that it could come into fruition before the end of his episcopacy.

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