Saturday 28th October, 2023 was recorded a special moment for the Catholic Women Organisation of the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe, as they celebrated their special day in grand style. The ceremony began at 10:00 am with the Holy Mass precided by the Bishop who was flanked by:
Very Rev. Msgr. John C. Iweh, the Vicar General, and – Very Rev. Msgr Simon Anyanwu, the Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy and Chaplain of the Diocesan C.W.O.
Other priests whose presence greased the ceremony include:
– Very Rev. Fr. Princewill Iwuanyanwu, Chancellor/Secretary Okigwe Diocese
– Very Rev. Fr. Michael Ohalete, Dean of Okigwe Deanery
– Msgr. Cletus Ehiem
– Rev. Fr. Chibuike Uwakwe
– Rev. Fr Hope Onyemaechi
– Rev. Fr. John Enyinnaya
Some special guest who graced the occasion include:
– Lady T. Kenkwo,
– Mrs. A. Korie,
– Mrs. C. Iwuji,
– Ezinne M. Nwaehie,
– Mrs. F. Orji,
– Mrs. G. Okeke,
– Mrs. F. Moses,
– Amb. P. Azubuike
Speaking during his homily, the Bishop welcomed all who came to celebrate with the mothers. He thanked the mothers in a special way for their efforts in the Diocese, in the Church and in the society at large. He emphasized the special role of mothers as formation facilitators in the family, the Church and the society at large. On this count therefore, the bishop stated that in the light of the increasing violence, kidnapping and mindless bloodshed in our society, its current moral dilapidated state, one cannot but hear the society suggestively saying that the modern mothers have failed in their responsibilities as formation in the family. He reminded and encouraged the mothers therefore, to return to this divinely assigned mandate, and ensure that the families supply the society with better persons than we currently have.
Finally, the bishop challenged the female folk to rise up to the different disappointing situations we have in the different sectors of our society, especially the political sector. He said the women have to rise and make good efforts to prove themselves capable of doing things better, especially since the male folk prove to have failed the political expectations of the society.
Shortly before the end of the Mass, the Bishop blessed the items that were to be used for the Award giving ceremony and a photo session in front of the altar brought the Mass to an end.