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One zillion 'THANKS' are not enough in appreciation of what God has done and has been doing for our family especially for our mother in the name of Rev. Fr. Raymond Ifeanyichukwu Ezeonu.
Hello readers. I hope your week was swell. I have decided to write this piece on something quite different today. I agree that it is not always the best to compare but in this case, I will in order to highlight areas where in my opinion, Abakaliki should be improving.
Basically, defining philosophy is difficult and controversial, not least because it claims the privilege of determining its own rules. An indirect approach of comparing it to other activities, to seek parallels and analogies might therefore help. We might consider the philosopher in different roles – as joker, as actor and – in this article – as spy.
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As large as St. John de Evangelist Parish Okpaugwu, Abakaliki, yet it could not accommodate crowd who rolled their drums to celebrate Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Patrick Mary Anene Mmuo on his 75th birthday and 44th year of priestly ordination on Saturday 23rd September, 2017.
Citizens’ Advocate observed that the celebrant was both physically and emotionally filled with joy as Most Rev. Michael Nnachi Okoro, the Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki, Arch Bishop of Nnewi, Bishop Hillary Okeke and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Bishop B. C Ezeokafor among other dignitaries from within and outside the state, graced the occasion.
Msgr. Mmuo having spent 35 years in St. John de Evangelist Parish, Okpaugwu where he used all his strength and knowledge to serve God and humanity was celebrated by people who have benefited both spiritually and physically from his hard work.
He was posted to the parish when nothing was to show off as it concerns infrastructure but through his hard work, determination, ingenuity and dedication to God’s service, he managed the little resources he had to start with the St. Theresa Secondary Schools, until today St. John is among the best parishes in Abakaliki Diocese.
As a dedicated priest who loves charity to humanity, the parish council used the registration of a charity foundation known as Msgr. Patrick Mary Mmuo Charity Foundation to celebrate with him as was requested by the priest. This is to enable him, use the foundation to help orphans and the vulnerable in the society both now and when his active service as a priest was past gone.
In a homily delivered by very Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Chukwu, ANPAD Chairman Abakaliki Diocese, he commended Msgr. Mmuo for embarking on mighty projects without seeking support from people and at same time helping the poor and the needy.
He pointed out that Msgr. Mmuo is well known for judicious use of limited resources to achieve a goal.
He therefore challenged the Catholic faithful to emulate the priest by being self contented, not expecting help from anyone as God is the ultimate provider in time of hard economy as we are experiencing in the country currently.
Very Rev. Chukwu further noted that one-third of people living in Ebonyi State have relocated to other stated because of heightened suffering and high taxation, and urged the government not to glorify projects to the detriment of workers.
He said employers of labour including government, have their workers in mind while managing the limited resources.
According to him, what we should learn from Msgr. Mmuo is how to manage limited resources, while we plan, have the labourers (your workers) in mind. Show them care and love, let the proceed of labour circulate.
“Hardship has made it that one-third of people living in Ebonyi have parked out, high taxation is affecting peoples’ business. We should not glorify projects to the detriment of the workers,” he said.
Anpad through their Secretary, Rev. Fr. Mathew Opoke in their address, described Msgr. Mmuo as a good disciplinarian who has contributed emensely to the development of Catholic Church.
And prayed that God will continue to make him shine for others to follow.
On their part, the Chairman of the Central Working Committee, Rev. Fr. Kenneth Nomeh, noted that Msgr. Mmuo pushed for the development of Education in Ebonyi State even before the state was created.
He prayed God to continue to bless him so that he will flourish like palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon planted in the house of the Lord.
Some Msgr. Mmuo friends who wished him well including the former CAN Chairman Ebonyi state, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Nshii, Ebonyi Local Government Area Chairman, Nwaogbaga Chinyere, and Mr. Stan Nwakolo described Msgr. Mmuo as a man with Godly heart and prayed for many more years of celebration in his life.
Highlight of the ceremony was the inauguration of Msgr. Patrick Mary Anene Mmuo Charity Foundation.
Lady Gertrude Eje, President CWO, St. John said “I wish him good health. You know, he is a lucky man. God granted him good health that he has been enjoying, so I want more good health for him so that he will continue in the Lord’s vineyard.
Prof. Afiukwa Joseph, HOD, Chemistry Department, Ebonyi State University told the audience that Msgr. PathrickMary Anene Mmuo, a cannon lawyer Ph.D, is the longest and remain a longest serving parish priest in a parish for 35years. “He was posted to thus particular place where no structure was existing and all the structures seen today are the outcome of Msgr. Mary Mmuo. He is so dear to me and he has adopted me as one he can relay on when it comes to documentary”.”
“As he celebrates, I wish him that which God have wished him. God kept him that even at 75years, the retirement age of a priest, Msgr. Mmuo is very agile , very strong, very comic a man to rely on, a workaholic, very assured and he is even radiating more than the younger ones. And 44years as a priest, he has not deterred from delivering, anchoring what his Ph.D thesis is all about Inculturization of Igbo culture into cannon law. And that now brought the Igbo man at the lime light of God’s commandment. He is bringing people to Jesus Christ on daily basis through his homilies, so, I wish him long life.
Charles Akpuenike-Commissioner for youths and sports Ebonyi State said that God has given Fr. Mmuo faith to be a priest about 44years ago. And he has been working hard. I remember when he started this parish is was a no mans’ land but today , it is one of the best in Abakaliki diocese so I encourage him and pray that the God Lord will continue to guide and protect him to continue the good work which God has sent him to for Ebonyi state and for human kind.
Senator Obinna Ogba-Senator Rep Ebonyi Central Senatorial Zone said “I wish him well. We love him but God even loves him more. That is why he gave him good health and he will still give him more. I love the priest because he is a jovial man, he is a man that can communicate in any form. If you invite him for a programme, he will be there before time. I do not know the adjective to describe him but take it that Fr. Mmuo is a complete gentle man and I love him for that, I wish him many more fruitful years in God’s Vineyard.
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