Rev. Fr. Sylvester Chukwumalume performing the dust-to-dust rites for his late mother
Various communities in Anambra State and beyond on Friday, 6th May, 2017 converged at Chukwumalumes' family compound in Obeledu-Ani Village, Obeledu, Anaocha LGA of Anambra to celebrate the life and times of late Mrs. Agnes Chukwumalume amidst accolades.
Late Mrs. Agnes Chukwumalume, the only sister of Sir Josephat Okoye, CEO Water and Dan Services Abuja and mother of Rev. Fr. Sylvester Chukwumalume among other 8 children was committed to mother earth after a concelebrated burial mass led by the Chief Shepherd of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor alongside over 100 priests as concelebrants at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Obeledu.
Late Mrs. Agnes Chukwumalume nee Okoye Okwuanyionu nicknamed Catalogue Umu-Agbala by all and sundry due to her good deeds, died of road accident on 17th March, 2017 at the age of 80.
In his homily, Bishop Ezeokafor reminded the faithful that their earthy existence was to prepare them for heavenly bliss and urged them to strive in all they do to earn heaven on the last day. He described death as a necessary end that awaits everyone on earth and advocated for the use of one's resources, time and talent in helping others in life.
Speaking on the phenomenon of death, the Catholic prelate explained that Christians, at the death of beloved ones, are usually consoled through their faith that life has no end but changes and everything in life was billed to expire at a particular point.
He consoled the deceased family and urged them to accept the manner of their mother's death as difficulties were part and parcel of life.
He harped on the need of reducing burial cost and charged the faithful to concentrate more on the spiritual aspect of Christian burial and lamented the lack of spirituality in most burials in recent time. He emphasized on the need of praying for the death and tasked the faithful to develop the habit of booking masses for the remission of past sins of their loved ones.
Fr. Sylvester Chukwumalume thanked all who came to share in their moment of sorrow. He described his mother as the strongest women ever known to him and thanked her for the moral and sound training which she provided him and his nine siblings which made them responsible individuals in life.
The Rector of St. Dominic Savio Seminary, Akpu Very Rev. Linus Ibekwe with his assistant Rev. Fr. Michael Oguno and students condoling with the deceased family.
Speaking to Fides, Sir J. K Okoye KSM, KSS explained that his sister's death has created a deep and empty hole in his heart as she was one person that was closest to him as they did everything together as growing children. He described his only sister as a good Christian who lived a well fulfilled life and was able to train her ten children alone due to strong disposition to life.
The Children of the deceased through the funeral oration eulogized their mother as a true Christian, a compassionate fellow and a role model who had led people to the right path in life.
The burial attracted the presence of important personalities such as the immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Sir Peter Obi, Senators, Legislators and industries who came to condole with the bereaved family.
Very Rev. Fr. Linus Ibekwe blessing with incense the remains of Late Mrs. Agnes Chukwumalume