Encomiums as Bishop Okorocha retires June 12

Encomiums have continued to pour in for the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Chukwunonyerem Okorocha Ph.D, who retires meritoriously after 20 years of eventful episcopacy.
Members of the congregation of the Diocese, especially the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, have expressed mixed feelings over the exit of the Bishop on the basis of retirement.
Among the admirers of the Bishop who published their comments on him was Prof. (Mrs.) Beatrice Anyanwu, widow of the late Prof. Enoch Anyanwu, who described the bishop as “a man of immense intellect”.
A retired university lecturer and member of CATOL family, Dr. Lilian Nkwoada, remarked that “his type appears only once in a generation”, eulogizing him as an embodiment of respect and discipline”, who always sympathizes with people.
Some of the Biship’s admirers took to the social media.  Onyeka Jon-Munonye reminisced on the bishop’s first sermon at CATOL years before he was consecrated and described it as “very vivacious and fiery”, stating that Bishop Okorocha is an “exciting well-travelled priest”.
While Kingsley KC stated, “That’s a gifted man of God with vision, I love you my Lord Bishop…”, Agu Chris simply reacted: “real man of God… thoughts, word and deed”.
To his credit are numerous life boosting projects as well as evangelical strides which he was able to carry out through his Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development (BFMD).
The projects include numerous water projects in parishes which he christened “Miri ndu” (water of life), the St Luke’s Referral Centre that takes care of the health problems, a Wafer Production Department, a bookshop, the Transfiguration Press and various primary and secondary schools dotting the diocese.
Bishop Okorocha was consecrated on December 13, 1998, and enthroned on Sunday, December 20, 1998.  He took over as the third bishop of the diocese from the late Bishop Benjamin Nwankiti who also retired.
He is a fellow of the University of Edinburgh, Centre for the study of Christianity in Non-Western World, a Crowther Fellow of the University of Birmingham,  Selly Oak College; former Head of Religious Studies, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, among other academic and ecclesiastical laurels.
In an emotion-laden piece, the Clergy Wives in the Diocese of Owerri described the Bishop’s wife Dr (Mrs)  Eunice Okorocha, as “a noble woman of impeccable character” and the “driver behind the wheel of the moving train”, enumeratiang her many achievements in the Women Ministries.
They noted that Dr Eunice, fondly called Mama Owerre, was one of the best things that had ever happened to them and with one voice they declare:  “We love you, Dr. Mrs Eunice Okorocha, Ojiwayo, Onyeziokwu, Ejiamatu…”.

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