The president of the parish CYON, Chibueze Amaefuna (5th from left) and secretary, Chisom Okoye (8th from right), pose with the parish priest, and the CYON awardees. Eight from left is the grand patron, Chief Pius Obiakonwa. Chief Obiakonwa is flanked on his right by Rev Sr Ngozi Ibeh, and on his left by Patron Nestor Madukife. Extreme left is the patroness, Mrs. Esther Arachie and next to her is another patron, Sir Andy Obi.
Three years after the creation of the parish for the Catholic Diocese of Awka, St Joseph the Worker's Catholic Parish, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State, last Sunday, September 3, 2017 inaugurated her Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (C.Y.O.N).
Inaugurating the CYON, the parish priest, Rev Fr Emmanuel Okonkwo urged the Catholic youths to justify their calling as future leaders of their families, the Church and the society.
The event featured the presentation of Certificate of Honour to an indigenous female religious of the parish and a great benefactor of Adazi-Nnukwu Catholic Community, Rev Sr Margret Mary Ngozi Ibeh of the Mystery of Love Congregation, who is based in Houston, Texas, USA. The award which was also conferred on 15 other parishioners was in recognition of the special contributions of Rev Sr. Ngozi Ibeh towards the growth of the parish Catholic Youth Organisation.
Chief Pius Obiakonwa and Mrs. Esther Arachie were installed as the CYON grand patron and patroness respectively. This was even as Sir Andy Obi, KSJI, the former principal of Bubendorff Memorial Grammar School, Adazi-Nnukwu and Mr. Nestor Madukife were installed as patrons of the parish Catholic Youth Organisation.
In his homily when he led in the concelebrated Holy Mass, an Adazi-Nnukwu indigenous Catholic priest, of the Diocese of Cartagena, Spain, Rev Fr Kenneth Iloabuchi, stressed the need for commitment and dedication among the people of God in their various vocations in life.
The parish priest, Rev Fr Emmanuel Okonkwo, presents the CYON Distinguished Award of Honour to Rev Sr Margret Mary Ngozi Ibeh (right). Left is the parish catechist, Mrs. Veronica Ezembaji.
Basing his reflections on the readings of the Sunday, Rev Fr Iloabuchi, who is the parish priest of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Sacred Heart of Jesus) Parish, Lorca, Murcia, charged Christians to prepare riches for themselves in heaven through exemplary life of faith and commitment to the works of evangelisation which God refined and qualified them for.
The CYON, through her address of welcome solicited for donations in support of her needs of set of gospel band, 50 pieces of Hymn Book for the choir, sporting wears, sponsoring of their December sports games and youth empowerment.
Launching of the CYON Calendar which was sponsored by Rev Sr Margret Mary Ngozi Ibeh, presentation of certificates of honour to the awardees as well as choral and drama presentation by the Catholic youths were highlights of the occasion which had Mr. Solomon Arachie as the chairman of the occasion.