Archbishop Anthony Obinna blesses the Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba during the donation of COVID-19 palliative at Catholic Secretariat, Assumpta Villa, Owerri on Tuesday April, 28

Owerri Archdiocese sets up COVID-19 Outreach

…Seeks support for vulnerable

Following the excruciating hardship occasioned by the lockdown of economic and social activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has set up a programme titled: “Eu-Care for COVID-19.”

The Archbishop, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna announced this while receiving COVID-19 palliative donated by the Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Owerri Archdiocese/Metro.

Archbishop Obinna said the programme which is under the auspices of the Justice Development, Peace and Caritas Commission (JDPC), of the Archdiocese, reflects the desire of the Archdiocese “to reach out and bring succour to the less privileged, the weak and vulnerable in the face of this frightening pandemic.”

Thanking the knights and ladies for the donation, His Grace noted that the Order has been supportive to the Archdiocese whenever the need arises and appealed to other groups, sodalities, organizations and individuals to support the EU-CARE FOR COVID-19 programme.

He said that due to the increasing number of indigent persons who besiege the secretariat for assistance, especially during this lockdown, the Archdiocese has spent over N7 million to buy foodstuffs and other palliatives to augment the donations received from the State Government, organizations and public spirited individuals.

Earlier in his speech while presenting the relief materials – 15 bags of 50kg rice, to the Archbishop, the Owerri Metropolitan Grand Knight (MGK), Bro. Gregory Mgbajiaka said the knights were aware of the number of indigent persons that flood the secretariat almost on daily basis seeking for material assistance, even before the coronavirus disease.

The MGK noted that with the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown to check its spread, the number of people who come to the Archbishop for help would have quadrupled.

“It is against this backdrop that the Order resolved to assist the Archbishop in his effort to bring succour to the poor at this trying moment,” Bro. Mgbajiaka said.

The Co-ordinating Grand Knight (CGK), Bro. Tony Uroegbulam used the occasion to present a handsome purse for this year’s Cathedraticum by the KSM Owerri Archdiocese, which was not observed in the normal way during the period because of the coronavirus restrictions.

Others present at the occasion were Bro. Eva Njemanze, DMGK, Bro. Victor C. Onyewuchi, Chairman Covid-19 KSM Relief Committee, Sir C.C. Akotibe, Committee Secretary, Lady Stella Nwaoduh, Co-ordinating President LSM, Owerri Archdiocese and Lady Nkeiruka Mary-Kate Orji, LSM President, Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council.

Speaking to our correspondent during the donation, the Director JDPC, Rev. Fr. Dr. Gerald Njoku said the palliative by the KSM came at the appropriate time, when the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the entire world to its knees, adding that the present situation looks like “Third World War”.

Pointing to the over 100 indigent people in his office waiting for food, the JDPC Director described the donation by the knights as very timely. He said that it is something to praise God that despite the lockdown and restrictions, the knights still have space in their hearts for the poor and needy.

He commended the Archbishop for being proactive, innovative and inspirational adding that the Eu-Care for Covid-19 under the JDPC will continue to play useful role in the life of man.

Appealing for support to the Eu-Care, Fr. Njoku reminded Christians of the need to help others, because all fingers are not equal.

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Culled from The Leader Newspaper

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