By: Kate Obi/Kaduna
The Saint Joseph Cathedral Administrator and Dean Kaduna North Deanery, Very Reverend Father Anthony Ikhenoba has observed that women are agents of change and they can drive the overall developmental efforts but first they have to recognized the power inherent in them.
According to him, once they women recognized their powers and gifts, it can then be harnessed to their advantage and for the good of the common good through which the nation can be revived.
He stated this in his speech to the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral at their 20th Anniversary, Induction of members and Award Ceremony in the 100 years of existence (Centenary) and 100th year anniversary of the appearance of Mary, Our Lady of Fatima to the 3 young shepherd held in Kaduna, North-West, Nigeria on Sunday.
“The place to start is for all women to appreciate their worth and harness their powers. Women possess powers capable of influencing society but they themselves must recognize the power inherent in them.
“I was with a group of women once and the Archbishop Emeritus, Archbishop P. Y. Jatau was encouraging them to stand up for change. He said that if women would led their voice to the national debate in politics and religion, their contribution will create such a huge impact on the moral, political, social-economic nerve of the country Nigeria.
“We complained a lot about the rot in the society, the moral decadence, immorality, the economic downturn and meltdown but the fact remains that what we see in society today is a reflection of the home and family.
“Women in the church on the other hand have an essential role to play. The family is the domestic church; it’s in the family that the first teaching about life and the catechism to instruct on faith takes place. If women know their worth, it’s in this first school of life that mothers should take the opportunity to impact life’s virtue on their children as they are the pillars of the family.
“If the child has responsible parenting, they will turn out to be responsibility citizens. So mother has a big role to play in this equation, women and mothers must take their place and take the process of forming good citizens seriously” he stressed.
In her welcome address, the President of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO), Sister Ruth Yemisi Marcus mentioned most of their members have relocated due to security concerns in the Country which has affected their population.
According to her, in the past 20 years under review, the Organization have lost members and prayed for their soul to rest in peace and prayed that the members to continue to co-operative and supportive to one another no matter the challenges that they faced.
She however described the Catholic Women Organization (CWO), as an umbrella for all matured catholic women irrespective of their marital status or affiliations to other women groups. “The Organization is one of the mandatory statutory bodies for all lay persons in the catholic church. The fundamental grouping of the lay apostolate is the indispensable organs which assist the church hierarchy in pastoral governance.
Also in her remark, the Chairperson, Planning Committee, Mrs. Bukola Aluko-Olokun (Esq) expressed her profound gratitude on the existence of the Organization, saying many who were part of the history are no more but that they are here not by their power but the Grace of God.