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St. Theresa’S Church Umuoji Dedicated As Chief Mike Anagu Donates Gigantic Church
Author: By Nna Anulumadu
Published on: Friday, February 19, 2016

The Catholic Community of St. Theresa’s Parish Umuoji was set agog on Sunday February 7th, 2016 when a gigantic Church donated by a philanthropist Chief Mike Anagu was dedicated to the Almighty God by the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese Most Rev. Dr. Denis Isizoh.

            Preaching at the Dedication Mass, Bishop Isizoh called on the people of God not to desecrate themselves since “We are the living temple”, adding that our behaviours should always reflect the Christ in us and as well became a gospel to others.

            Dedication of a church he said gives the people of God the opportunity to receive indulgence over their sins that have been forgiven, calling on the parishioners to avail themselves of such privilege by confessing their sins and praying at the newly dedicated Church within two weeks of the dedication so that they can obtain indulgence.

            The Prelate also charged the Catholic Community to always regard and recognize 7th of every February as solemnity in their parish since their Church was dedicated at the said date.

            Describing the Church built by Chief Anagu as a beautiful edifice, he rained accolades on the donor, stating that his gift to the Church is well appreciated.

            In his remarks, the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Ifem thanked the Prelate for dedicating their church. He also thanked the donor of the Church describing him as humble man. According to him, Chief Mike Anagu is not the richest man in Umuoji but he has chosen to spend his wealth in building God’s house. The Parish Priest also recommended the donor for Papal Knighthood honours.

            Also in a speech, the donor and his lovely wife Chief & Mrs. Mike Anagu in their remarks expressed gratitude to God for giving them the resources and the privilege to build the Church. They thanked Archbishop Valerian who was represented at the occasion by the auxiliary Bishop. Chief Mike Anagu A. K. A Idegburugburu in addition told the congregation that Archbishop Val was the person who made him what he is in the Church. His words: “God is at work. He has blessed us and he loved my family”.

            Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Asoanya in a speech described the donor as typical son of encouragement. The Church building he said is one of the best in Africa. The Chancellor also stated that Catholic faith is growing by leaps and bounds in Umuoji, disclosing that their town can boast of 31 indigenous Priests and 31 indigenous Rev. Sisters.

            The Bishop in a further remark told the donor that Umuoji is happy over his wealth. “They are happy that you are rich because you are using your wealth in the right way”.

            He also posited that Priests working currently in various Parishes in Umuoji are Priests of good luck.

            He called on every on to always participate and contribute in developing a Parish, adding that it should not be left for the rich ones only. “Don’t be an observer. You can put in your idea, handwork or whatever gift you have been blessed with”.

 The president Onitsha Archdiocesan C.M.O Chief Sir Ifeanyichukwu Nnajiaku told the press that the donor of the Church has set a pace in the community, adding that the era of idle worshiping in the community is over.


            Chief Sir Aloysius Azubike Okafor (Ikenga Alor) who also spoke to the press at the event said the donor really challenged rich men in the Catholic fold, adding that his gesture is motivating and encouraging. Dr. Gabby Nwankwo commended the donor, remarking that it is not easy for one person to build a Church for the whole community.

            Chief Pat Okpalaeke described the donor as good man. Hon Sir John Olibie  contributing stated that through the gesture, the donor has motivated the faithful. Engr. IK Aguanunu and Sir Ifeanyi Muomenam in their similar remarks posited that Chief Mike Anagu has encouraged people of God through his donation.

            The elder brother of the donor Chief Silas Anagu described the newly dedicated Church as a blessing to the town, adding that his brother has done marvelously well. He also disclosed that he was the person that fenced the Parish Compound. Highlights of the event included commissioning of the new rectory, Chapel of perpetual adoration among other things.

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