The Catholic Men Organisation, CMO of Awka Diocese have celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary, with a charge by the Bishop of Awka Diocese; Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor to take up their responsibilities in the family, church and society.
Correspondent Kenechukwu Chukwudi was there and reports that the Catholic Women Organisation, CWO and the Catholic Youth Organisation Nigeria, CYON, were hitherto the two major organisations that existed in Awka Diocese before the then Awka Diocesan Laity Council President, Professor Pita Ejiofor made efforts to start the Catholic Men’s organization in the Diocese.
Speaking during a Holy Mass to mark the silver jubilee, held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, the Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Ezeokafor, appreciated God for the success recorded by the organization and decried the increasing challenges in the country, urging men to lead their families in prayer while also playing their fatherly roles always.
The wife of the state Governor, Dr Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, who was represented by the Transition Committee Chairman for Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Leo Nwuba, urged the group to help in securing the state by being close to their families and assist in the training of their children through quality advice and nurturing.
The Diocese Chaplain of CMO, Reverend Father Jerome Okafor and President CMO Awka Diocese, Mr. Joseph Onuegbu expressed gratitude to God for the journey so far and pointed out that the organization has supported the church in various activities.
The Chairman of the occasion Chief Azubuike Ekweozor, who was installed as ‘Ide CMO’ Awka Diocese, emphasized that Fathers are pace setters , noting that the story of the church won’t be complete without the contribution of CMO, calling on people to give to God by giving to the church while another member Chief Uchenna Ezeani, also installed as Patron of CMO said the organization should ensure that things are done right in the church, as fathers must lay a good foundation for their children and disemphaseize wealth .
Other installed Patrons who spoke at the event, including the traditional ruler of Ebenebe, Igwe Christopher Nnaegbunna, the TC Chairman of Njikoka Local Government Area, Mr. George Ozoh and Mrs. Ijeoma Igbokwe extolled fathers for their roles in families and the church, urging them to remain steadfast and courageous, while government should also create the enabling environment for fathers to thrive.
Cutting of cake , dancing and displays featured at the event.