Demise Of Retired Catholic Bishop Ochiagha, Abduction Of Bishop Chikwe - Uche Nwosu Mourns, Calls For Prayers
Former Chief of staff to Imo state government Ugwumba Uche Nwosu has described the late former Catholic bishop of Orlu diocese as a spiritual beacon.
Uche Nwosu was reacting to the news of the death of the Bishop. He also frowned at the abduction of the auxiliary bishop of the Owerri Arch-diocese Bishop Moses Chikwe by some unknown gunmen, and called for the immediate release of the cleric unconditionally.
In a statement released, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu further described the death of the renowned prelate Bishop Gregory Ochiagha as a sad one.
According to him, Late Bishop Gregory Ochiagha, as a shephard impacted positivity to the lives of many people and as well added both moral and spiritual values to the society.
Chief Nwosu noted that the Catholic Community especially Orlu Diocese and Imo State at large has lost a rare gem who used his soft nature to bring people closer to God.
Nwosu called on the Christian Community especially the catholic faithfuls never to abandon all his legacies of good morals and spiritual belief
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Bishop Gregory Ochiagha, born 31st August 1931, was ordained a Bishop by His Holiness, Pope St John Paul II after being first appointed as the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in 1980 and consecrated a Bishop on January 6, 1981 in Rome.
He was installed at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church on February 15, 1981.
As a bishop, he held many provincial and National responsibilities. Among them include: Chair, the Liturgy Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria; Chair; planning and hosting of the National Eucharistic Congress in Jos 1983, and the Second National Eucharistic Congress in Owerri 1993; Chair, the Seminary Commission for the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province; and Chair, Seminary Commission for Owerri Ecclesiastical Province from inception until retirement as Bishop in 2007.
Bishop Ochiagha believes in Divine Providence, the Church and the Priesthood. He enjoys the Latin language and has a passionate love for the Sacred Liturgy.
Ugwumba Uche Nwosu prayed to God Almighty to comfort the faithful of the Church and his relatives.
In another developement, Uche Nwosu has joined other Catholics and sons of the state to appeal for the immediate release of the Auxillary Bishop of Owerri Arch-diocese who was abducted Sunday night in Owerri.
He described the abduction of the cleric as an act capable of attracting the wrath of God.
Nwosu admonishes the abductors of the cleric to release him unconditionally and ask God for forgiveness.