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1. 2023 REUNION WITH THE BISHOP, PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS WORKING IN UMUAHIA DIOCESE

    2023 REUNION WITH THE BISHOP, PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS WORKING IN UMUAHIA DIOCESE    The new Bishop of Umuahia, Most Rev.Michael Kalu Ukpong has used the occasion of the 2023 Reunion of Priests and Religious working in the Diocese which took place on the 6th of January 2023 at Mater dei Cathedral Umuahia to pay glowing tributes to them for their sacrifices and outstanding work.    The annual event which began with eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop Michael Ukpong had in attendance, heads of various Religious Congregations working in the Diocese.   #2023reunion... Read More

2. ON THE BURIAL OF A POPE

ON THE BURIAL OF A POPE.   √The Pope must be Buried within?   The Pope must be buried within the 4th-6th day after his death. For example, Pope Benedict XVI died on 31st December 2022, and his burial is January 5th, six days after his death.   Usually, in the first three to five days, the body of the Pope is kept inside the Clementine chapel inside the St. Peter’s Basilica for people to view.   On the 4th-6th days, the Papal funeral takes place at the main altar or outside the St Peter’s square. Before the mass, the Pope's body is placed inside three consecutive coffins: CYPRESS COFFIN, L... Read More

3. POPE EMERITUS, BENEDICT XVI DIES AT 95

Former Pope Benedict XVI has died, aged 95, almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health.   He led the Catholic Church for fewer than eight years until, in 2013, he became the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.   Benedict spent his final years at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery within the walls of the Vatican where he passed away at 09:34 (08:34 GMT) on Saturday.   His successor Pope Francis will lead the funeral on 5 January.   The Vatican said the body of the Pope Emeritus will be placed in St Peter's Basilica from 2 January for "the greeting of the faithful".  ... Read More

4. APPOINTMENT OF THE BISHOP OF UMUAHIA DIOCESE (NIGERIA)

BREAKING... APPOINTMENT OF THE BISHOP OF UMUAHIA (NIGERIA) The Holy Father has appointed His Excellency Msgr. Michael Kalu Ukpong the bishop of Umuahia Diocese    Curriculum vitae S.E. Mons. Michael Kalu Ukpong è nato il 15 dicembre 1964 ad Amaekpu Ohafia, nella Diocesi di Umuahia. Ha frequentato il Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary a Owerri e il St. Joseph Major Seminary a Ikot Ekpene. È stato ordinato sacerdote il 7 agosto 1993 per il clero della Diocesi di Umuahia. Ha svolto i seguenti ministeri: Vicario parrocchiale della St. Finbarr’s a Umuahia (1993-1994); Segretario del Vescovo di Umuahia (1994-1996);... Read More

5. SILVER/GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF THE CONGREGATION OF DAUGHTERS OF MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY

The Congregation of Daughters Of Mary, Mother of Mercy (DMMM) Celebrates Their Silver and Golden Jubilee of first Religious Profession of Vows of the 1972/1997 sets of DMMM Sisters at Mater Dei cathedral, umuahia, Abia state .... Read More

6. NATIVITY OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CELEBRATION

Cutting of cake by the Denary 2 Dean who was representing the Bishop in the person of very Rev Fr Elias Ibedu   Cathedral Administrator; Rev Fr David Aguneri   Maria shrine chaplain; Rev fr Oche Henry   Director of social Communications: Rev fr Leonard Ehiemere   Cwo representative Legion of Mary Representative   Get video clip of the event on our Facebook page @Directotate of social Communications catholic diocese of umuahia and on our YouTube channel @ DIRECTORATE OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS UMUAHIA... Read More

7. NATIVITY OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CELEBRATION

Rev. Fr. Leonard Ehiemere giving talk on the Topic "Mary's Universal mediation" During the celebration of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary at Maria shrine Mater Dei Cathedral Umuahia. He made us to understand that our Blessed mother Mary is our mediator here on earth and no one who runs to her for help is left unaided, she's always ready to intercede for Every one of us whether rich, poor, dark skinned or light skinned. She is our Universal Mediator.   Happy birthday once more to our mother, blessed virgin Mary. We celebrate you mama maria Get video clip of the event on our Facebook page @directorate of social Communications cath... Read More

8. THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

The Eucharist congress which took place at mater dei cathedral umuahia, Lead by the Diocesan Administrator, Most Rev. Michael Kalu Ukpong, the faithful who despite the rain converged at the Cathedral for a holy mass to commence the celebration, later processed to the Marian Shrine to conclude with rosary and benediction.   In his homily, the Diocesan Administrator stressed the need for people to live out what they profess.   Bishop Ukpong who spoke on the theme, " Becoming the eucharist we celebrate" challenged all to live the life of peace, love and thanksgiving; showing good examples to people rather than bearing grudges and hate.  ... Read More

9. DIOCESAN EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

The diocesan Eucharistic congress which took place at Mater dei cathedral umuahia on the 13th ... Read More

10. THE BISHOPS OF OWERRI ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE DURING THEIR SECOND PLENARY SESSION

The Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province during their Second Plenary session for the year 2022, and they issued a Communique titled "AVERTING THE GATHERING STORM" on August 10, 2022 @ Domus Sancti Augustini, Christ the King Cathedral Aba, Abia state.... Read More

11. ARCHBISHOP LUCIUS IWEJURU UGORJI AND THE PALLIUM

𝘼𝙍𝘾𝙃𝘽𝙄𝙎𝙃𝙊𝙋 𝙇𝙐𝘾𝙄𝙐𝙎 𝘼𝙉𝘿 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙋𝘼𝙇𝙇𝙄𝙐𝙈!   Archbishop Lucius Ugorji was invested with the Pallium as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province by Papal Nuncio at the Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. This wonderful event took place yesterday the 11th day of August 2022   Let us pray and request for Mother Mary's intercession so that She may continue to direct His grace as he pilots the affairs of both Owerri Archdiocese and Owerri Ecclesiastical province at large.    ... Read More

12. VATICAN NEWS: PEACE IS A 'DUTY' THAT CONCERNS ALL

Peace is a 'duty' that concerns all say bishops of Japan As the Church in Japan holds its annual Ten Days of Prayer for Peace event the Japanese bishops reiterate that peace is everybody’s responsibility. In their message for the occasion, signed by the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan (CBCJ), Archbishop Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo, the prelates reflect on Pope Francis’ words in the context of the ongoing war in Ukraine. "Peace is possible; peace is a duty”. The Japanese bishops have reiterated this call in their reflections for the Ten Days of Prayer for Peace event. The prayer initiative is held every year by the Church in Japan fr... Read More

13. ARCHBISHOP LUCIUS IWEJURU UGORJI AFTER HIS INVESTITURE WITH THE PALLIUM

His Grace, arch bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, Today after his investiture with the pallium... Read More

14. CARDINAL JOZEF TOMKO'S FUNERAL MASS

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re celebrates the funeral Mass for the late Cardinal Jozef Tomko, and recalls the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ faithful and fruitful service to the Church and the pope.   Pope Francis, on Thursday morning, participated privately at the funeral Mass of the late Cardinal Jozef Tomko, celebrated at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He presided over the funeral rites of Commendatio and Valedictio for the late Slovakian Cardinal.   Cardinal Jozef Tomko died on 8 August in his apartment in Rome at the age of 98. He was created a Cardinal in 1985 ... Read More

15. Communiqué issued by the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical province

                                            AVERTING THE GATHERING STORM Communiqué issued by the catholic Bishops of the owerri Ecclesiastical Province 10 August 2022._     PREAMBLE  We, the Catholic Bishops of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, met at the Domus Sancti Augustini, Aba, from Tuesday 9 – Wednesday 10 August, 2022. Having prayerfully deliberated on many issues of great concern to our people, we issue the following Communiqué.   SUFFERING IN THE LAND   1: Great m... Read More

16. DEMISE OF CARDINAL JOZEF TOMKO; POPE FRANCIS PAYS TRIBUTE

Pope Francis has recalled the great wisdom and long fruitful service of cardinal Jozef Tomko , perfect emeritus of the congregation for the evangelization of peoples. He died on August 8 at the age of 98. In remembering this esteemed and wise brother who sustained by deep faith and a far sighted gaze, humbly and self sacrificing served the Gospel and the church. Cardinal Joseph Tomko was instrumental to the building of the Owerri Provincial Major Seminary " SEAT OF WISDOM SEMINARY OWERRI". It was during his tenure as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People's that the Seminary was built. One of the hostels bears his name, Cardinal Joseph Tomko Hoste... Read More

17. COMWEEK CELEBRATION

 St Theresa's Girl's secondary school band display during the Comweek at Mater Dei, BANPAC Umuahia... Read More

18. 56th World Day Of Communications

Fr Leo Ehiemere giving his welcome address during the Comweek celebration which took place at Banquet Hall, BANPAC, Umuahia.... Read More

19. Investiture Ceremony of the Chaplains of His Holiness, Papal Kights and Dames

The Catholic Diocese of Umuahia celebrates the investiture ceremony of her newly 16 appointed awardees by His Holiness Pope Francis. Four Mosignori and Eight Papal Knights, and Four Dames. There names are:   A. Monsignori 1. Rev. Msgr. James Abosike 2. Rev. Msgr. Austin Kanu 3. Rev. Msgr. Francis Nwaiwu 4. Rev. Msgr. Leo Amafili   B. Knighthood of the Order of St. Sylvester the Pope 1. Sir. Kevin Nnanyere Amugo 2. Sir. Gabriel O. C. Okenwa 3. Sir. Ikechukwu G. Ijeomah   C. Dames of the Order of St. Sylvester the Pope 1. Lady Evelyn Ada Echefu 2. Lady Chine... Read More

20. Episcopal ordination of the Auxilliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia Most Rev. Michael Kalu Ukpong.

Today marks the 30th Episcopal Ordination of His Lordship Most Rev. L. I Ugorji (July 1, 1990 - July 1, 2020. My Lord, may the good Lord continue to bless you with good health of mind and body as you continue to shepherd the flock of the Lord in Umuahia Diocese, Ahiara Diocese and as the Vice President of CBCN. Also today will be the Priestly Ordination of our diocesan Deacons who are due for ordination.... Read More

21. 30 Years Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordiation of His Lordship, Most Rev Lucius Ugorji

Today marks the 30th Episcopal Ordination of His Lordship Most Rev. L. I Ugorji (July 1, 1990 - July 1, 2020. My Lord, may the good Lord continue to bless you with good health of mind and body as you continue to shepherd the flock of the Lord in Umuahia Diocese, Ahiara Diocese and as the Vice President of CBCN. Also today will be the Priestly Ordination of our diocesan Deacons who are due for ordination.... Read More

22. Appointment of Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Umuahia (Nigeria)

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23. 4th Diocesan Synod of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia

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The 4th diocesan synod of Catholic Diocese of Umuahia with the theme, "Evangelization: Call to Discipleship and Mission" was held at the Umuahia diocesan Secretariat from September 24th - 28th, 2018.... Read More

24. Umuahia Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting

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All Priests and the entire executives of different parishes in Umuahia diocese are reminded of our Pastoral council meeting today, starting by 10am at St. Finbars Catholic Church, Umuahia.... Read More

25. Umuahia Diocese launches website

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To the glory of God, we have launched our website. This is to enable us carry out some online ministry as well as to enable people know more about us. Happy Surfing!... Read More

LITURGICAL CALENDAR

UPCOMING EVENTS

THE NATIVITY OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Date: 2022-09-08 - 2022-09-10

The Catholic Diocese of Umuahia wishes to invite everyone to join in celebrating "THE NATIVITY OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY"   From Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th of September 2022.   Venue: Mater Dei Cathedral at Marian shrine.   Time: 4:30pm on Thursday and Friday.   Saturday (Grand finale) - 9:00am

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logoThe Diocese of Umuahia was erected on June 23, 1958 with Most Rev. Anthony Gogo Nwaedo C.S.Sp. as its first Bishop and Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji as the second Bishop. The diocese was carved out from the then Diocese of Owerri. Since its inception, two other dioceses: Okigwe (1981) and Aba (1990) have been excised from it. Its present area of about 2,460.40km2 spans six Local Government Areas: Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano, Bende, Ohafia and Arochukwu.

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