The Chapel donor, Nze Zeph Chukwuebuka Muoneke (2nd right) explains his intentions for embarking on the chapel construction.
An indigene of Ula Ekwulobia in Aguata LGA of Anambra State, Zeph Chukwuebuka Muoneke has donated a well-furnished Chapel of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration with beautiful finishing, to St. Paul's Catholic Church, Awba-Ofemili in Awka North LGA.
The chapel which was single handedly built by Nze Zeph Chukwuebuka Muoneke alongside his wife, was blessed and opened for use by the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. Paul's Parish, Awba-Ofemili.
Fides learnt that the chapel donor who still resides in an old house constructed many years ago by his parents, Nze and Lolo Livinus Mnoneke. Fides also gathered that the donor who is a business man embarked on the project to demonstrate unflinching faith in God's ability to provide abundantly for his family and to fulfil the promise which he made to God as a child.
In a chat with Fides, the donor, Nze Zeph Chukwuebuka Muoneke revealed that right from his childhood days, he had a burning desire to build something for God. The burning desire according to the donor made him to promise God that he was going to build a house for God's worship with the first money which he would make in future. He said that the chapel was constructed in a bid to fulfil the promise made to God. He thanked God for his divine provision and assistance which made the chapel project a reality. He noted that the fulfilment of any promise made to God, attracts more open doors and divine favours to one's business from God.
The new chapel donated to St. Paul's Catholic Church, Awba-Ofemili by Nze Zeph Chukwuebuka Muoneke
The donor who is popularly known as Nwachimereze 1 of Ekwulobia said that the construction of the chapel was the beginning of what he has in mind to do for God. He expressed his readiness to build a church for God, noting that God would complement his effort through the provision of required resources. He called on youths to come out in their numbers and support both human and structural projects in their area. He maintained that taking part in such projects open ways and attracts more blessings to the giver.
Blessing the chapel, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor commended the donor for taking up the responsibility of building a place where people can come to God with their problems. He tasked the people to make effective use of the edifice and develop the habit of adoring the Eucharistic Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament who has the ability of solving all human needs. He described the chapel donation as a challenge to the people Awba-Ofemili and beckoned on them to brace up for the completion of their church building.
L-R, Parish Priest of St. Paul's Awba-Ofemili, Fr. Colman Onuegbu; Former Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Augustine Mekoh; the chapel donor Nze Zeph Muoneke; Bishop Ezeokafor of Awka Diocese, Donors wife and Donors mother among others after the dedication of the chapel.
In his remark, after the concelebrated Holy Mass, the Parish Priest of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Awba-Ofemili, Rev. Fr. Colman Onuegbu thanked God making the events of the day feasible. He appreciated the bishop for coming to bless and to declare the chapel open for use.
The Chairman of the Occasion, Ozo GoddyOkolo making his opening remark
Commending the chapel donor, Fr. Onuegbu marveled at the display of faith showed by the donor. He explained that the donor initiated the idea and commenced the construction of the chapel in a community he has never been to nor know where it exists. He revealed that the donor was never ask to build the chapel for the parish but took up the responsibility after making enquiry from the mother that the parish has no functional chapel of adoration. He thanked the mother of the donor, Mrs. Benedette Muoneke for identifying the parish need and describe her as a great motivator who accepts responsibility of the things of God willingly. He said that Muoneke's family, through the construction of the chapel has thrown a big challenge to the people of Awba-Ofemili as it pertains the completion of the church building.