By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP has preferred 11 priests of the Diocese, including the Bishop’s Senior Chaplain, Rev. Jonah Nwegbo Canons of the Cathedral.
The newly elevated priests included Rev. Jonah Nwebo, Rev. Ozioma Aririatu, Rev. Lloyd Osuagwu, Rev. Emma Onuoha, Rev. Dan Nzediegwu and Rev. Donald Awujuo.
Others were Rev. Ernest Mba, Rev. Ebenezer Okere, Rev. Onyekachi Awujuo, Rev. Godson Okoro and Rev. Chikezie Nwakeme.
The Bishop announced the preferment in his speech during the thanksgiving service of the just-concluded Synod of the Diocese held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Achi Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
He equally announced that their Collation and Installation will take place on Palm Sunday 5th April 2020 at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri.
In continuation of his Kingdom expansion drive, Bishop Oparah also announced the creation of three new Parishes and five new Archdeaconries/Areas in the Diocese.
While the new Parishes were Obiliubi Parish with headquarters at Christ Church Obiliubi, Nwaorieubi Parish with headquarters at Christ Church Nwaorieubi and St. John’s the Evangelist Parish with headquarters at St. John’s the Evangelist Akwakuma, the new Archdeaconries/ Areas included Irete Area, which was upgraded to Irete Missionary Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Peter’s Irete and Abazu/Umueze Missionary Archdeaconry with headquarters at All Saint’s Church Abazu Ogwa.
Others were Ubaha Orodo Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Peter’s Church Ubaha Orodo, Uzii Missionary Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. James Uzii and Ikenegbu Administrative Area with headquarters at St. Peter’s Church Ikenegbu.
According to the Prelate, who was making his first Synod outing, the next Synod of the Diocese will be hosted by Uratta Central Area at Holy Trinity Church Uratta in Owerri North Local Government Area from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October, 2020.
He equally noted that the Synod theme will b, “SACRIFICIAL GIVING FOR ACCOMPLISHING GOD’S MISSION AND MANDATE – The Macedonia Example” ( 2 Cor. 3:1-9).