By Chukwudi Ikpe
A founding father and the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, late Rt. Rev. George E.I. Cockin, has been immortalized by the Diocese as one of the churches in the Diocese has been named after him.
The newly established St. Peter’s Anglican Chapel Wetheral Road, Owerri, has been named Bishop George Cockin Anglican Church, Owerri.
Also honoured in the same manner was the immediate past Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D.
Redemption Anglican Church, West End Owerri will henceforth be known as Bishop Okorocha Anglican Church, Owerri.
The Diocesan Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP announced this at the Diocesan Posthumous Awards Thanksgiving service held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), recently.
According to him, the gesture was in recognition of their meritorious services to the Diocese.
The Posthumous awards were part of the programmes that featured in the 60th anniversary celebration of the Diocese which was concluded last Sunday.
Rt. Rev. G.E.I. Cockin was consecrated the first Bishop of the Diocese at Christ’s Church, Onitsha in 1959. His episcopacy, which lasted for ten years, was cut short by the outbreak of the civil war which made the environment un-conducive for expatriates and he left for England.
On the other hand, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, the immediate past Bishop of the Diocese was consecrated on 13th December 1998 at the Cathedral Church of All Saint’s Oshogbo.
The Diocese witnessed great infrastructural development during his 20 years episcopacy. Vision and spiritual focus, growth and development, Media Ministry and support, as well as the completion, dedication and celebration of the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) on May 6 2017, were highpoints of his eventful episcopacy. He retired on June 12, 2018.
The Bishop had earlier announced the renaming of the New Bethel Church Amakohia to Archbishop Nwankiti Anglican Church Amakohia.