By Emma Onumah
Henceforth, all funds generated by the choirs, youth fellowships, Girls Guilds, Boys and Girls Brigade, and other such organizations in any church in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, as well as their property, are to be managed under the full authority and supervision of the Priest in-charge and the Parochial Church Committee (PCC) of the church in which such organization(s) exist.
The directive to this effect was given by the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, while addressing an expanded one-day Synod of the Diocese, held recently at St. John’s Anglican Church, New Owerri.
Bishop Okorocha, who further directed that the fund of any such organization must be controlled from the PCC purse, expressed great concern that the pursuit and love of money in the society today is likened to abomination that causes desolation.
Presiding over the annual re-affirmation ceremony of the priests in the Diocese and their wives, the Prelate warned them to be careful in order that the unruly behavior of either of them does not affect the other as a pair, adding that they should always keep to their marriage vows and uphold the tenets of the Christian faith.
On the part of the Laity, the Bishop told them to always advise the priests with politeness whenever they go wrong in any matter, but warned against aiding any priest to engage in any corrupt practice in the course of discharging his priestly duties.
He announced that the diocese has commenced the running of a full-fledged hospital at the premises of the St. Luke’s Referral Centre Uzii Mission Compound along Mbaise Road, Owerri, with four Consultant Physicians in attendance.
Bishop Okorocha, commended the New Owerri Archdeaconry for good organization and the hosting of this year’s Synod.
Earlier in a brief admonition, the Vicar of Christ’s Anglican.Church, Owerri, Venerable Zion Ngoka, who spoke briefly on the Advent Season, and how Christ would come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, counseled Christians to endeavour to live a life of transformation.
He urged all people of God not to be distracted by the difficult times being experienced now, but to live with the full knowledge that judgment awaits all of us in life.
The Lord Bishop of Afikpo Missionary Diocese, Rt. Rev. Udo Nkwogu, who was a Guest Speaker at the just concluded Diocesan EFAC weeklong activities, held in Christ’s Church, Owerri, and who used the opportunity to pay a very brief visit to the one-day Synod, narrated the efforts they have been making to establish the presence of the Anglican Church, in that part of the country, and solicited the prayers and assistance of the Owerri Anglican faithful, to enable them succeed in the propagation of the gospel in Afikpo and its environs.
Highlights of the occasion include the announcement of the 2015 Clean and Beauty Competition in which CATOL came first, Nazareth Church Ohohia-Mbieri, second position and St. Peter’s Anglican Church Ikenegbu, Owerri, third position. On the 2015 Annual Archdeaconry Competition, Christ’s Church Archdeaconry was declared winners, CATOL 2nd position while Aladinma Archdeaconry picked the third position.