As Owerri Diocese ends first Synod under Bishop Opara

The Second Session of the 21st Synod of the Diocese of Owerri, which began last Thursday, 3rd October, ends today the 6th October, with a Thanksgiving Service and other traditional end-of-Synod activities.
The host Parish, St Luke’s Anglican Church, Achi Mbieri and the community as a whole had been agog with both religious and social festivities which culminate today with top church and political dignitaries expected to attend.
The new Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, Rt Rev Chukwuma Chinekezi Opara, PhD, JP, is presiding over his first Synod and has notched up great accomplishments in his first year of episcopal journey to report to the Church Parliament.
With the apt theme: “You Are Important: Divine Recognition For Effective Church Growth And Expansion,” the Synod received a report that practically epitomized the message.
To begin with, Bishop Opara, whose programme of Kingdom Expansion Through Planting Of Churches, reflects the Synod Theme, has planted 27 churches since he took up office barely a year ago.
With messianic zeal, he embarked on other projects which include the revitalization of the Obazu Community Grammar School, Archdeacon Dennis Junior Seminary, the restoration of the Ogwa General Hospital, the elevation of the Uzii Medical Centre to a full fledged hospital, the construction of a new Bishop’s Chapel and a new Secretariat.
Within the same period over 2000 new Communicants were confirmed by the Bishop.
As the First Session of the 21st Synod winds up today the Anglican Faithful in Owerri Diocese can look back with satisfaction at the progress that the Church of God has made so far and pray that in the coming years more souls would be won for Christ.
We join in congratulating the Lord Bishop, the supportive House of Clergy, the Knights, Ladies and Dames; and indeed the entire Congregation who have contributed to lift the Diocese higher.
It is our fervent prayer that the Diocese, with the divine guidance of our new Leader, will march from strength to strength to the Glory of God.