Bishop adressing the EDCMO at the Retreat

Rev. Fr. Dr Ikechukwu Ani at Ndi Nna's Retreat

Prof. Barr. Emma Omeh delivering his paper

Director General, Chief Ejor, Dr. Anakwue with others

Deligates Queuing for lunch at the Seminar

Cross Section of EDCMO Deligates

Cross Section of CMO at the Seminar

By Onyejide Adonis

To God be the Glory, the Enugu Diocesan Catholic Men Organisation (EDCMO) held the 2016, 13th Annual Seminar/Retreat at their own Centre, DOMUS SANTI SPIRITUS; A home of Luxury and Relaxation built by the Enugu Catholic Diocese recently, and situates beside the Catholic Secretariat, Holy Ghost, Ogui Enugu. This year, the venue changed from DRAAC Emene to Domus Spiritus Santi.

The retreat/seminar activities started on Friday, 16th September with the arrival and registration of delegates, accreditations and allocation of rooms to the delegates. Saturday, 17th September, was the Seminar proper, which began with the Bishops Holy mass celebration followed by his inaugural speech, where he thanked all for coming together for the annual event and praised them for their steadfast in their undertakings.

He encouraged them to do more; especially, in attending meetings and in occasion of that nature. He warned their segregations and stigmatization to especially, those living in the villages. He disclosed that, Christ came for the Jews and the Gentiles. Also urged them to say out what is wrong with the Government and live peacefully with their neighbours.

Discussions on the role of a Catholic Father in the year of mercy, which is also the theme of the Retreat, was discussed by an erudite Scholar, as well as university Prof. Barr. Emma Onah; Challenges of the Christian Father in our changing times was also discussed by Rev. Fr. Paul Ottakagu, who is also the EDCMO Chaplain. The Role of a Catholic Father in a society characterized by various cultures was taken by Rev. Fr. Christopher Okudo from St. Pauls, Ozalla. All presenters did justice to their topics.

After the discussions question were entertained and the answers followed. The chaplain on his own speech promised to look into the complaints and questions of the EDCMO and to report back with solution on the next general meeting. Chief Christian Agu (COH), EDCMO Director General, appraised both the Bishop and the presenter for finding time to visit them. Also, the Director General appreciated Chief Sir George Nwamanna (JP), the chairman of the occasion and Dr. Mrs Ngozi, Dame Agu for their philanthropy and their concern to lift Ndi Nna forward.

Dr Raph. Anakwue (KSJI), Snr. Cardiologist consultant, UNTH, Enugu, delivered the afternoon lecture on sudden death in our community, symptoms and management. The lecture was useful and beneficial to the fathers. At last, they appealed to him to come again when next called. The afternoon session continued with Rev. Fr. Dr. Ikechukwu Ani of GO University. He drilled “Ndi Nna” on the father, as the leader, with standard.

In an interview with the Director General, Chief Chris Agu (COH), he thanked God for the successful Retreat/Seminar, despite the harsh financial challenges. He attributed the success to the planning committee headed by Chief John Ejor as the chairman and his capable members. God will bless them all. He advised those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God, especially those men and women belonging to criminal and cultism organizations of any kind for their own good.

He concluded by begging them to change their lives so as to see the light of God at last. Finally, in a short interview with the chairman planning committee, Chief John Ejor, he thanked God for the success of the 2016 Retreat/Seminar. Thanked his committee members for their supportive and working cooperatively. Thanked the Director General for giving them the opportunity to serve. He wished everyone journey mercies.

Other highlights were the mini launching to raise fund for the continuation of the G.O. University hostel project, the writing of the communiqué and the health care services provided for Ndi Nna.