- X Provincial Assembly and Annual RetreatFrom the 30th September to 6th October, the members of the East Nigeria Province gathered at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Maryland Nekede Owerri for their Annual Retreat and X Provincial Assembly. Assemblies according to the Constitution of the Claretians ‘are important means of participation, co-responsibility and communion’ It was two important moments of grace in the life of the province. The retreat began on 30 September and ended on 3 October. It was moderated by a Dominican priest, Fr Francis Ozoemena. He called the members to reflect and focus on their call as religious and pay attention on being truly Claretians. Most Rev Wilfred Anagbe, Cmf presided at the opening Mass for the assembly. He exhorted the missionaries to be aware of the challenges of the times and distinguish themselves in their missionary spirituality in all its dimensions. The Assembly was themed: Strengthening Missionary Community as a Basis for the Joy of the Gospel’. The missionaries reflected on this theme of the VII Provincial Chapter. The assembly paid particular attention on the three processes of transformation as reflected in their General Chapter There was time for group discussions and reports. The assembly also found time to celebrate her confreres who marked the silver jubilee of their priestly ordination.October 11, 2018
- Make Your Vows and Fulfill Them: 2018 Final ProfessionAt 10 in the morning of September 8, 2018, four of our brothers made their final commitment to God and the Congregation. Those who made their final vows in the hands of Fr. Simeon Nwobi, CMF, Provincial Superior of East Nigeria, at the St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish in New Owerri, Imo State, were: Schs. Anyaebosim Emmanuel, Madunagu Michael, Obiadazie Augustine, and Okonkwo Charles, CMFF.Frs.Charles Amadi and Perpetus Igwe, CMFF stood as witnesses aside from their family, relatives, and friends. The Provincial Superior urged the newly perpetually professed to ‘make their vows to the Lord and fulfill them’ especially in these times of trial for the church.September 10, 2018
- Claret Academy: 2018 Set GraduatesClaret Academy Secondary School Owerri: Graduation Ceremony 2017/2018 Academic Year Every successful academic year in most schools if not all, ends with a graduation ceremony or “progression ceremony” for those who will move from Junior Secondary School to Senior Secondary School and Claret Academy Secondary School Area “A”, World Bank Housing Estates, Owerri was not an exception; she equally used her graduation ceremony on the 14th of July, 2018, to mark the end of that successful 2017/2018 academic year under the distinguish chairmanship of Engr. Chief P. I Nnadi. The curtain raiser of this epoch making event was the celebration of the holy mass which was presided by Rev. Fr. Ernest Offor Cmf and flanked by the host; Rev. Fr. Anselm Amandikwa, Cmf and Rev. Henry Ekwems. Fr. Ernest Offor in his homily admonished the students to stand up to the tides of time and take up creative responsibilities in any strata of life they find themselves. The liturgy of the Holy mass was spirit filed as Caret Academy Student Choir was at their best. The event proper began with a majestic walk into the school hall by the “junior graduands” and then the “senior graduands” in their unique colour. Claret Academy Student Choir thrilled the audience with the national and school anthems and then a welcome song. Also, the principal, Rev. Fr. Anselm Amandikwa, Cmf, welcomed everyone and congratulated the graduands for their academic sojourn thus far and encouraged them to be good ambassadors of the school. The chairman of the occasion Engr. Nnadi did the presentation of kola nuts traditionally to all and sundry. This year’s graduation was unique as many lively events flooded the stage. Graduation ceremony is award giving day as well, outstanding students in academics and morals were awarded and the graduands...
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- ‘GIFTED HANDS’: Claret Academy Secondary School Owerri Celebrates Culture and Art Exhibition DayClaret Academy Secondary School Owerri Celebrates Culture and Art Exhibition Day If culture is the way of life and art an expression of life, then, the cultural ambience and artistic display on June 29, 2018 at the Claret Academy Owerri gave plenty of intellectual and interesting insights into the minds and lives of parents, teachers and students. The exhibition was titled “Gifted Hands”. Since culture is part of the school’s curriculum the presentation of kola nuts was done in a unique way by the ever vibrant and flexible “Claret Academy Dance Group” as they rhythmically in their dancing steps presented the kola nuts to the guests at the event. So many exciting events made the day lively but a tour in the art gallery was amazing, the principal, Rev. Fr. Anselm Amandikwa, Cmf led the Provincial Superior Very Rev.Fr Simeon Okezuo Nwobi, Cmf, the parents and the invited guests and other represented schools to the art gallery. The “Art Gallery” welcomed its guests with scores of bright and colourful paintings of all shapes and sizes. From piercing portraits with mosaic, to enticing abstract drawings; it was an unforgettable feast for the young minds. Guests, parents, teachers and students surveyed the entire exhibition with awe and wonder. It was pretty amazing to see such fine works of art that were created by the students, most of them still in their mid-teens! Competition among students and invited schools in art exhibition, cultural display and oral presentations gave another height to the celebration of the day as students came out in parade to showcase their talents and handiworks, guest artists were invited to judge the art works and selected students were awarded. The parents/guardians were not left out in the fun as the best culturally dressed parent/guardian was also awarded. Anaejionu Sixtus, Cmf...
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- 2018 Claretian Priestly and Diaconate Ordinations“My adventure into Igbo land in 1986 came as a life turning point. It helped me shell off prejudices attached with people of this part of the country. This event comes as an avenue to thank and commend you people for helping me become what I am today”. This indebted expression was contained homily delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Bauchi, Most Rev. Hilary Dachelem CMF at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish Area ‘A’ New Owerri, Saturday July 7. The former parish priest, St. Maria Gorreti Ikenegbu who was recently consecrated bishop visited his Claretian religious home in Owerri where he presided at the ordination of four priests and seven deacons. The new priests are Rev. Fr. Kenneth Kanwa and Rev. Fr. Maximus Okorie for Claretian Congregation, while Rev. Fr. Kenneth Onyecheghe and Rev. Fr. Desmond Opara belong to the Sacred Heart Congregation. The Deacons are: Henry Ekwem, Henry Leka-Ire, Paul Onele, Peter Onele and Valentine Orazulume (Claretians). Nnaemeka Manu and Emmanuel Iheme (Mother of God Congregation). Preaching to a mammoth crowd of Christ faithful who gathered for the ordination event, Bishop Dachelem who said the visit evoked in him fun memories of Igbo people and their cultural values thanked fellow Claretians, particularly his contemporaries for availing him the opportunity with which he blended and integrated smoothly into their society. While he enthusiastically addressed himself as “Igbo ambassador,” the Bishop noted that the Igbo cultural values demonstrated chiefly during cola-nut presentation to visitors remain one of his captivating notions. “Brothers and sisters your spirit and gesture of acceptance really instilled in me a wonderful impression,” the Northern Nigerian born chief shepherd added, revealing that his seminary formations and priestly years in Igbo land remain experiences he would continue to relive. Calling to mind the lingering political crisis in the country...
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