By Chukwudi Ikpe
Newly created Ubaha Orodo Archdeaconry will be formerly inaugurated on Wednesday, 1st January, 2020.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP pronounced this during a Eucharistic Service of Confirmation for Ubaha Orodo Parish at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Ubaha Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State last Sunday.
He also stated that Archdeacons and Administrators will be appointed for all the new Archdeaconries and Administrative Areas recently created in the Diocese.
According to Bishop Oparah, a one-day Synod will be held later this month to put final touches to all outstanding issues arising from the just-concluded 2019 Synod of the Diocese.
He reminded the people of Orodo that the area is the permanent site of the Trinity Theological College Owerri Study Centre, which has commenced temporary operation at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri.
The Bishop promised that work will soon commence at the permanent site of the institution, with a view to relocating it from the temporary site at CATOL.
He commended the people of Orodo for their efforts which have brought tremendous development to the church and the area and enjoined them to continue to support and take good care of their church workers.
Earlier in his sermon during the confirmation service, Rev. Joseph Iwu reminded Christians that, as Disciples of Christ, the importance of their loyalty to the Lord cannot be over-emphasized.
He called for commitment and dedication on part of the faithful and urged them to continue to witness for Christ at all times.
Rev. Iwu charged the confirmation candidates to take advantage of the Holy Spirit they received to make positive impacts in the families, communities, church and the society at large.
A total of thirty-one (31) Anglican faithful were confirmed by the Bishop and they also received their First Holy Communion same day.
The service was conducted by the Archdeacon of Orodo, Ven, Obinna Oke while two of the confirmation candidates Prosper Izuchukwu Otueke and Queen Chiamaka Chukwukadibia read the Old and New Testament lessons from 2 Sam. 12:15-31 and Acts 8:14-17 respectively. Rev. Onyinyechi Anosike read the gospel from Mark 8:30-41.
The Chancellor of Owerri Diocese, Hon. Justice (Lady) Evelyn Anyadike, her husband and the Registrar of Okigwe Diocese, Barr. Sir Abel Anyadike, the chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri (KSC), Sir Enoch Chukwure, Sir Samuel Igbokwe and Hon. Victor Okorie were among dignitaries present at the occasion.