Friday, July 5, 2019, was a joyful day for the Manager Rev Fr Benneth Okeoma, the Principal of the school, Lady Veronica Ike, staff and the entire students of Catholic Girls Secondary school, Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, as they hosted the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev Hilary Okeke on a one-day pastoral visit to the school.
The event started with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Bishop Okeke and concelebrated by Rev Frs Donald Chidolue, Romanus Ike Muomah, Cletus Chukwuemeka, Benneth Okeoma, Cosmary Uzoukwu and ten other priests in the diocese.
In his homily, Bishop Okeke urged Christians to do all things to the greater glory of God because all things belong to God and it is only him who will help us to achieve our goal.
He reminded Christians that the gift of the Holy Spirit is living according to the word of God and living a life of honesty, holiness, truthfulness, charity and kindness.
After the homily, Bishop Okeke administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 78 students. He called on the students to live a life of the Holy Spirit and urged all to be faithful witnesses of God in every circumstance.
In her welcome address, the Senior Prefect, Catholic Girls Secondary School Ozubulu, Miss Blessing Analuba thanked Bishop Okeke for his second visit to their school this year and recalled that during the first visit, he blessed the school’s sick bay, Saint Mary’s hostel, Staff quarters, Cosmetology Lab, Counselor’s office and Home Economics lab. She also commended him for renovating some of the dilapidated buildings in the school.
She acknowledged the distinguished audience whose presence signaled their goodwill for the school, and also expressed her immense gratitude to God who made it all possible.
According to her, the school participates socially and academically in competitive activities and has performed excellently both in internal and externals examinations.
Miss Analuba listed some of the basic urgent needs of the school as: new Lister generator, School bus, new school hostels and refectory to accommodate all their students, as well as the completion of their chapel which is currently at the foundation stage.
In a vote of thanks, Rev Fr Okeoma, appreciated Bishop Okeke, for his teachings and the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on the students.
He also thanked the priests, and religious and commended Rev Fr Celestine Okonkwo for his support in ensuring that the pastoral visit went successfully and the school PTA for their wonderful support to ensure the growth of the school.
Responding, Bishop Okeke thanked and commended the Manager, Principal and teachers for their sacrifices and efforts in the school development. He also thanked the parents for their contributions to the school.
The reception kicked off with presentation of gifts to the Bishop by the school. Welcome song, cultural dance and other activities were highlights of the occasion.