Provincial Chapter: 20th - 25th June, 2016
Saturday 25, June 2016
VII Provincial Chapter

DATE : 20 - 26 June 2016 TIME:

Ordinations 2016

DATE : 9th July, 2016 TIME: 10:00am

Final Profession

DATE : 10th September, 2016 TIME: 10:00am

The Lord called me in the womb; from my
Isaiah 49: 1-6, Ps. 139, Acts 13: 22-26, Luke 1: 57-66, 80
By Fr Callistus Emenyonu, CMF
There are celebrations in the Church put in the level of solemnities which are among the highest celebrations of the Church in the Liturgy. Some personalities in the Scripture are of the highest level of the solemnity such as the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph and John the Baptist.

VII Provincial Chapter

Theme: Strengthening Missionary Community: As Basis for the Joy of the Gospel


The fourth day of the chapter began with a solemn Holy Mass presided over by the president of the Chapter, VRF Mathew Vattamattam, CMF. In his homily, he called on the Chapter members to be open to the spirit of the Lord and to discern properly according to the Gospel values, what is good for the Church, the Congregation and the Province in this time. In the mood of evangelical discernment, the chapter members had another brief moment with the Lord, to draw inspiration and guidance for the task ahead. Having concluded all the constitutional requirements preceding the election of the Provincial Superior, the Chapter members unanimously elected VRF Simeon Nwobi, CMF as the Provincial Superior for the next six years.
Fr. Simeon Nwobi who hails from Eziama, Ahiazu Mbaise, in Imo State of Nigeria was born on 25th of March 1960. He made his final profession on 11th September 2016 and was ordained a priest on 21st of August 1990. He holds a Masters degree in Missiology and another in Public Administration. He has served the Province in different capacities as Bursar of Attakwu Community, a lecturer at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu. He also worked as the Parish priest of St Paul’s Catholic Parish Nekede, Owerri. He was elected the Provincial Prefect of Apostolate and Provincial Vicar in 2005. He became the Provincial Superior in 2009 when the then Provincial Superior VRF Emmanuel Edeh was elected as General Consultor. He was elected in the provincial chapter of 2010 as the Provincial Superior of the East Nigeria Province, an assignment which he continued to execute till date. On this day 23rd June, 2016, he was again elected by the VII Provincial Chapter as the Provincial Superior.

Day 2 Of The VII Provincial Chapter
The second day of the chapter commenced with a recollection moderated by the General Superior. Drawing his reflections from a scriptural passage: John 21:15f, the XXV Chapter Declaration and our norms, he enjoined the chapter members to be missionaries with the spirit as against missionaries without the spirit. Conformity with the provisions of our Constitutions number 9 differentiates both groups. The inaugural Mass was presided over by Most Rev Wilfred Anagbe, CMF the Bishop of Makurdi. After the Holy Mass, the Bishop had time with the chapter members before the actual commencement of the evening programme. At the evening session, the Provincial Superior VRF Simeon Nwobi delivered his official opening address in which he invited the chapter members to be grateful to God for the numerous blessings He bestowed on the Province and her members in the sexennium. Next was the presentation of the Government Report by the Provincial Secretary – Fr. Stan Ekwujuru followed by the presentation of the Economic Report by Fr. Nathaniel Eke. This brought the evening session to a close.
Day 1 Of The VII Provincial Chapter

Gathered at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy Maryland Nekede Owerri, (the mother house of the East Nigeria Province), the Chapter members held the first session of the VII Provincial Chapter today 20th June 2016. In his opening remarks, the president of the Chapter, VRF Mathew Vattamattam (Superior General) notified the Chapter Community of the place of the Provincial Chapter in the life of a Congregation and the Province in particular. He invited all the chapter members to consider themselves as gathered in the Upper Room with Mary the Mother of the Lord, praying and discerning the will of God for the Province. In his words, the chapter community needs to listen to Jesus Christ; reflect alongside the magisterial teachings and give attention to the Document of the last General Chapter: “Witnesses and Messengers of the Joy of the Gospel”. The first session also witnessed the election of Fr. Rowland Onyenali as the Chapter Secretary.

.Saturday 25, June 2016