23 Mar 2022


The 18th day of March 2022 will remain ever green in the memory of the staff and management of St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital Umuowa, as they marked the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s existence in grand style. The grandiose celebration spawned an aura of joy among the hospital management and patients of the hospital and attracted the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma, and some dignitaries that include: Dr. Barthy Okorochukwu (commissioner of Agriculture), Mr. Tony Ekpeogu (Technical assist. to commissioner of Agriculture), Dr. Ajiero Norbert, Lady Nkechinyere Ugwu (Minister of Women affairs & vulnerable group).

The event commenced with a Holy Mass presided over by the Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese Of Orlu, Very Rev. Fr. Emma Okonkwo who represented the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma.

Speaking at the beginning of the mass, Fr. Emma hinted on the importance of the medical profession as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Lastly, he thanked the proprietor, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Sergius Duru, for the wonderful work towards alleviating sickness and suffering of the people.

Preaching during the homily, Msgr. Simeon Eboh maintained that medical practitioners are the hands and feet of Jesus in His healing ministry. He charged them never to see their duty as mere profession geared towards profit making, but as a vocation. He went further to admonish the staff of the hospital to work in harmony with the patients who are placed in their charge. Finally, he urged all to use their God-given talent to help alleviate the suffering in the world.

After the post communion prayer, were brief addresses by the proprietor, Very Rev. Fr. Sergius Duru, and the Board chairman, Pharm. George Nwagha.

After the mass came the blessing and commissioning of the Children and Adolescent complex in honor of Ezinne Priscillia Urenwa Duru, Endoscopy and physiotherapy departments. The medical director ……………… led the guests on a tour round the hospital while displaying the different state-of-art machines of the hospital.

Other event featured, photo moments, refreshments, cultural display by different groups and schools. Other activities include unveiling, reviewing and launching of book titled ‘FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE FOR HEALTHY LIVING’, a publication of St. Mary’s Children and Community Hospital Umuowa. At the end was a vote of thanks

23 Mar 2022


Saturday, 19th March 2022, was a day of great public display of solidarity and love to Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma (Catholic Bishop of Orlu) by all the parishes, institutions and faithful of St. Gregory’s Amaigbo Region, as all trooped to the regional headquarters (St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish Amaigbo) to render their support to the Bishop.

The event began with the celebration of the Holy Mass by Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma in the company of a host of con-celebrating priests from all over the region. At the beginning of the Mass, the Bishop explained that Cathedraticum is a time when the priests and faithful of the diocese manifest their solidarity and support to the Bishop.

Speaking during the homily, Bishop Ukwuoma based his reflection on the year’s Lenten Pastoral letter captioned “The Lord is my Shepherd”. The letter is aimed at strengthening the faith of the faithful especially during this perilous time of insecurity. He urged all to put their trust in the Lord “who is our Shepherd.”

Bishop Ukwuoma described the Lenten season as the most suitable season to transform our lives, most especially this moment of crises. He opined “this Lenten pastoral letter is to remind us that we have God as our Father, and as children of God we are all brothers and sisters. Therefore, as we continue to pray for peace, we must always seek for the good of others wherever we find ourselves.”

After the post communion prayer, the Dean of the region, Very Rev. Fr. Augustine Iwuagwu thanked the Bishop, priests, religious and all the faithful for their support towards the success of the Cathedraticum. This was followed by the presentation of awards to all parishes and individuals who excelled in the previous cathedraticum.

St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Umuaka bagged the 1st position, while St. Gregory’s parish Amaigbo and St. Fidelis’ Parish Atta took the 2nd and 3rd position respectively. Among the various organizations, Mary League Girls came 3rd, C.M.O took the 2nd, while C.W.O was clinched the 1st position. Among the Nursery/Primary schools, St. Monica’s Nkwere came 3rd, Mater Amabilis IsuNjaba bagged the 2nd position while St. Gregory Amaigbo took the 1st position. For Secondary schools, St. Monica’s Nkwere bagged the 1st position, while Sancta Maria Umuaka, and St. Gregory Amaigbo came 2nd and third respectively. Among individuals, Engr. Kenneth Esonwune, Hon. K.A Ojiaka (C.K.C Parish Abba) and Hon. Theo Uzoukwu (St. Fidelis Parish Atta) were outstanding.

Finally before the end of the Mass, the different parishes, institutions and individuals marched out to show their support to the Bishop with their gifts.

23 Mar 2022


… Bishop Ukwuoma lays Church foundation stone,

… 107 receive Sacrament of Confirmation

The physical presence and loving pastoral care of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma was experienced by the faithful of Christ the King Catholic Parish Abba, Nwangele L.G.A, on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th March 2022, as the elated parishioners came out in their numbers to welcome the Chief Shepherd with gusto on his pastoral visit to the parish. The two-day visit was characterized by the laying of the foundation stone of the Church and the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on 107 candidates.

On his arrival on the Saturday 19th, Bishop Ukwuoma blessed and laid the foundation stone of the Church and also celebrated a solemn benediction with the parishioners.

The following day, Sunday 20th, the parishioners joined in the pontifical high Mass presided over by Bishop Ukwuoma, with the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Christian Azubuike, and other priests joining in con-celebration.

Speaking during the homily, the Bishop urged the faithful to respond positively to God’s call just like Moses responded to God’s call to liberate his people from bondage in Egypt. “We are called today to do a unique work in service to God and humanity. Therefore, never relent in answering to the call to the life of service. Hence, see the work which you have been assigned to as an opportunity to be an instrument of God’s grace and mercy to others notwithstanding the challenges that come it,” Bishop Ukwuoma advised.

Finally, Bishop Ukwuoma challenged the candidates of confirmation to be champions and good ambassadors of the faith which they are called to be witnesses. Following this was the solemn administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 107 prepared candidates.

Following the post communion prayer was the presentation of awards to the different stations and individuals that excelled in the quiz competition organized in view of the pastoral visit. The catechism instructors were also awarded.

The Bishop expressed joy and satisfaction over the ongoing project. He as well thanked the diligent parish priest, Rev. Fr. Christian Azubuike, for his zeal in carrying out his pastoral duties. He lauded the parishioners for their overwhelming support to the parish and the diocese at large.

Speaking on behalf of his parishioners, Fr. Christian Azubuike thanked the Bishop for his pastoral care. He also thanked the parishioners and all who are contributing immensely to take the parish to greater heights.

After the Mass, a grand colorful reception was held in honor of the Chief Shepherd.

6 Nov 2021

… Celebrates Matriculation and Capping Ceremony

Saturday 30th of October 2021 was indeed filled with joy and excitement in the minds of the management and students of College of Nursing, St Mary's Joint Hospital, Amaigbo as they marked their 48th capping and matriculation ceremony of the 2020/2021 set of student nurses.

The eye-catching event brought about a large influx of dignitaries, visitors and well-meaning individuals whose attendance added color to the ceremony. The ceremony was inaugurated with the celebration of the Holy Mass presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma, in con-celebration with priests in attendance.

Speaking during the homily, Bishop Ukwuoma stressed the irreplaceable role of nurses in the society, in saving and promoting lives at all cost. He decried the laissez-faire attitudes of some medical health practitioners which result in loss of lives. He expressed firmly that duties carried out by nurses should be seen and recognized as a response to the call and healing ministry of Jesus Christ. According to him, “Nurses and other medical health practitioners are hands and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He ardently identified the medical work as a vocation and ministry. Lastly the Bishop advised the matriculants to be serious and focused in their formation, because in the future the lives of many will be entrusted into their care. He also urged them to imbibe the virtues of patience, love, care and the fear of God.

After the Eucharistic celebration, the day was coloured with other eye catching activities. Making the high table, were his Excellency, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma alongside with the Chaplain, Rev. Fr Eburuaja Emmanuel; the former Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Kingsley Mgbeojirikwe; the Diocesan Health Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Remiguis Anyadioha; representative of Eze Nelson Nwosu (Igbo of Amaigo); Hon. Bernard Onuoha and other medical coordinators.

The Provost of the institution, Rev. Sis Mary-Thecla Ani, in a hearty disposition rendered her sentiments of appreciation to the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma for his love, support and care towards the institution. She as well thanked the health coordinator, Chaplain, parents and visitors. In her address, she made known to all that the institution has been awarded full accreditation status for five years and has also evolved into a College of Nursing Sciences. Finally, she congratulated the matriculated candidates for successful elevation and capping. In time, the Bishop thanked the management and students of the institution and also congratulated the matriculated candidates. Subsequently, the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Eburuaja thanked the Bishop for his presence. He equally thanked the management, students and all present for the success of the event.


27 Oct 2021


It was a day of great jubilation for the parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Parish, Umuowa on Sunday 31st October 2021 as the parishioners trooped out from their homes in the evening to witness the solemn blessing of the newly built chapel of perpetual adoration by the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine T. Ukwuoma. The Chapel of Perpetual Adoration was single handedly built and handed over to the Church by the children of Nnaoma & Ezinne Damian & Mary Emesowum in honour of their parents.

Speaking during his remarks, Chief Uchechukwu Kelechi Emesowum attributed the erection of the chapel as a thanksgiving to God for innumerable blessings and unseen favors in their family, and also in honour of their parents, Nnaoma and Ezinne Damian & Mary Emesowum. He said that the pledge to build the chapel was made on the 16th of September 2018 during the thanksgiving Mass in honour of their parents. He thanked God for the successful completion and consecration of the Chapel by Bishop A.T. Ukwuoma, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu.

At the end of his remarks, on behalf of the family, he ceremoniously presented the keys of the Chapel to the Chief Shepherd depicting the handing over of the Chapel to the Church. While accepting the keys to the Chapel, the Bishop commended the benevolence and kindheartedness of the sponsors which they showed in erecting such wonderful house of prayer for the good of the Church. He exhorted all to emulate the actions of the sponsors by leaving imprints and positive contributions in sands of time. The Bishop advised the congregation on the need to make frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

Subsequently, the parish priest, Rev Fr. Christopher Ihenetu thanked the Bishop for his presence despite his tight schedule. He equally used the medium to recognize the efforts of the former parish priest, Very Rev. Fr. Kenneth Amasiatu, and Rev. Fr. Nelson Ezeala towards the fashioning and completion of the chapel. Lastly, he thanked the members of the Emesowum family for their benevolence in carrying out such a wonderful project.

At the end of the ceremony, all guests processed to the country-home of the Emesowum family for continuous celebration of the event.