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Bishop Oparah appoints Ven. Samuelson director Trinity College Owerri Study Centre

A director has been appointed for the proposed Owerri Study Centre of the Trinity Theological College, Umuahia.
He is Venerable Chike Anthony Samuelson, who is also the Clerical Synod Secretary (CSS) of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, and presently the Archdeacon incharge, Uratta North Archdeaconry, as well as the Vicar of St. Titus Anglican Church, Umuoba-Uratta, Owerri North.
Making this pronouncement at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, last Sunday, after performing the diaconate ordination ceremony of Rev’d Benjamin Ugochukwu Nlemchukwu, His Lordship, the Rt. Rev’d Chukwuma Chinekezi Opara Ph.D, JP, commended Venerable Samuelson, for being a hard and conscientious worker, even while under pressure.
Bishop Opara, who further announced that the Study Centre was expected to take off this September, also appointed Venerable Chidi Opara, the Archdeacon incharge, Amaike-Mbieri, as Director of Ordinands, Anglican Diocese of Owerri henceforth.
He used the occasion to further call on the faithful in the Diocese, friends, and well-wishers, to try and participate fully in the activities lined up for the 60th Anniversary of the Owerri Diocese, which have been scheduled to hold from Sunday, 21st to Sunday, 28th July, 2019.
According to the Prelate, the week-long activities include, posthumous awards, to some of those who had meritoriously served the Diocese in one way or the other, but have joined the Church triumphant, visit to some motherless babies homes, hospital visitation, fasting and praying (miracle service), foundation laying stones of the Diocesan New Secretariat Block and the Expansion of the Chapel of St Mark the Evangelist, both at the Bishop’s Bourne, a novelty match, seminar, 2019 CMS Anniversary celebration, all culminating into a grand finale/ thanksgiving service, and awards to some deserving faithful, friends, and well wishers of the Diocese.
Earlier at the diaconate ordination service, a Guest Preacher, and Archdeacon in charge of Amaigbo Archdeaconry, Anglican Diocese of Orlu, Very Rev’d Benjamin Okeke, had, in his homily captioned: “Work the Works of God”, charged newly ordained priests, to endeavour to be knowledgeable in the word of God, so as to be able to impact same to the flock given to them to shepherd.
He urged them to preach the gospel to everybody, both rich and poor, and to preach the word undiluted.
He underlined the importance of having genuine repentance, so that one’s ministry can be fruitful, stressing that, God is holy and anyone who worships Him, must do so in holiness, and also worshiping Him in truth and spirit.
Speaking to Revd Benjamin Nlemchukwu personally, the Senior Clergyman enjoined him, to endeavour to be a leader in his station work, persevering, exercising self control and discipline, at all times, but warned him, to eschew any form of hypocrisy, worldliness, and doctrines of men and the devil in his ministry.
The Guest Preacher, who made several Bible references in the course of the admonition, including John 6:26; Isaiah 56, Luke 4:18 IPeter 1:16, Galatians 1:8, advised the Deacon to be prayerful always, be a tithe paying priest, and to be prepared to go on transfer at any point in time, as well as be a worthy and profitable servant of God.
The wife of the newly ordained Deacon, Mrs Chinenye Nlemchukwu, took the Old Testament Reading, from Numbers 11:16-30, while one of the CATOL Curates, Rev’d Bright Emeribe, took the gospel from Matthew 28:16-20.
Among the dignatories that attended the ordination service ceremony were members of the Diocesan Legal Team, including the Registrar/Clerk of the Diocese, Sir Chukwuma Ekomaru SAN.

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