By Emma Onuma
The next Diocesan Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri (the 3rd session of the 20th synod), will be hosted by Christ’s Church Archdeaconry, Owerri from Thursday, 5th to Sunday, 8th October, 2017.
The Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD who made the announcement at the close of the 2016 synod at CATOL, Owerri last Sunday disclosed the theme of the 2017 synod as “Guard the Gospel” while the Rector, Trinity Theological College, Umuahia, Ven. Prof. Udobata Onunwa will be the guest preacher.
The prelate also announced the approval for the establishment of a new secondary school to be named “Anglican College of Christ’s Ascension, Ugwu Ekwema, Owerri “ as part of the contribution of Owerri Diocese to provide quality education to Imo State citizens.
Meanwhile, members of the LOC. of the 2016 synod last Wednesday were at St Mark’s Chapel, Bishop’s Bourne, Owerri, for a special thanksgiving service at which they were lavishly eulogized by the bishop for a job well done and for co-operating with their Vicar, Ven. Dr. A.C. Chukwuocha to achieve the feat.
The Bishop submitted that any one called upon to do God’s work receives His blessing, more so if one performs the assignment with integrity.
The Diocesan urged members of CATOL to maintain the building sand the premises of the cathedral to ensure its serenity at all times as he expressed the hope that the cathedral building will be dedicated by the Primate of Church of Nigeria (Anglican communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh by the end of the year.
Equally, present at the mid-week worship were members of the Anglican Christian Corpers Fellowship, Imo State and Bishop Okorocha urged them to ensure that whatever they did at their youthful age would take them to eternity.
He then warned them against misusing the free accommodation offered then at Bishop Lasbrey, Christ’s Education Centre for Girls, adding that any request they were making to the Bishop routed through the youth should be pastor, Rev. Tim Ashama.
Earlier, the LOC chairman, Sir Oliver Enwerem and the co-chairman, Dr. Lady Angela Uwakwem explained that they were at the service to thank God for his protection and the leading of the Holy Spirit throughout the planning and executing the programmes for the synod despite challenges.