Over 2,000 Block Rosary children drawn from various centres in Nnewi Catholic Diocese, Nnewi, Anambra State have offered prayers for an industrialist and philanthropist in the community, Chief Sir Louis Carter Onwugbenu to mark his 68 birthday.
The children had benefitted from the benevolence of the philanthropy, including scholarships to indigent students at all levels of education and attention to others in need.
Speaking at the occasion, Chairman of the occasion, Mr Ndubisi Okoli who represented Chief Onwugbenu said the celebrant had always shown interest in children which he noted informed the attendance of multitudes of them “and that reminds him of when he passed through that process.”
He said, “He loves children and humanity, generally. That’s why he has been using Louis Carter Foundation to empower many in various dimensions including scholarships to indigent students at all levels of education and attention to others in need.
“Of course many mothers who gave multiple births have immensely benefited from his philanthropy.”
According to the parishioners, Onwugbenu who in 2003 had singlehandedly built St Louis Catholic Church, continued to attend to the need of the priests and worshippers, “in addition to making sure that our church is conducive for worship.”
In his sermon at the event that coincided with the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic calendar, Rev Fr Anthony Chukwujekwu articulated the benefits of giving. He explained that the wealth enjoyed is the wealth shared with those who needed help.
The priest said that it would always remain the right step in the right direction if those blessed with material things could still dedicate their time to worship God and honour Virgin Mary in line with the Catholic belief. According to him, Mary is capable of protecting and providing the spiritual needs of those who believe in her.
Fr Chukwujekwu who is also the parish vicar of St Louis Catholic Church, Uruagu Nnewi where the event took place, took a swipe on societal ills as he mentioned jungle justice which he condemned in its entirety. He advised that suspects be handed over to the police when caught in the act other than resorting to jungle justice.
Parish priest, Monsignor Raphael Ebedeagu said that Chief Onwugbenu deserved the large turnout of children for his birthday considering what he had done for children’s wellfare and humanity generally.