Knights of St. John International (KSJI) Port Harcourt Grand, a family apostolate charged with the defence of the Roman Catholic faith, is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Port Harcourt Grand covers Port Harcourt Diocese, Bomadi Diocese and part of Aba Diocese.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, while inaugurating a 30-member planning Committee that will be responsible for this celebration, the Grand President, Sir Emmanuel Okene, said that “10 years is a milestone and when you look back at what we have achieved over the years, we can see the need to roll out the drums and at the same time take stock, and project for greater strides.”
The 30- member planning committee for the anniversary celebration is headed by Noble Brother Innocent Akuvue, and has Sir PremoEbiware as Secretary. While other members include: the Spiritual Director, Monsignor Joseph Kabari; Sir Vincent Okolie; Sir ChuksOnua; Sir PMC Okeke; Sir Luke Wagbara; Lady Theresa Akugbo; Lady Pauline Mgbkaogu; Lady Florence Kenekayoro; Lady Emily Ugwu; Lady ObyOnwumere, Lady Caro Okoh.
Other members are: Sir Dan Onuoha; Sir Ebitimi Berezi; Sir Premo Ebiware; Sir Uche Manu; Sir Patrick Iroagalachi; Noble Brother Cosmas Ezeobi; Sir Chinwo; Sir Emmanuel Anya; Sir Henry Sota; Sir Dakare Sam; Sir Michael Okwori; Lady Berezi Perekebina; Lady Joy Tawo; Lady Kate Itokem; Lady Joy Ambakaderemo; Lady Ugo Udeh; Lady Ngozi Nwofa, and Lady EuchariaNnaji.
According to Sir Okene “The Committee also has its terms of reference as follows: To plan and organise in conjunction with the Lead consultant and the Grand President activities for the Port Harcourt Grand Commandery at 10 celebrations, advise on suitable dates for the various activities slated for the anniversary, make efforts to bring together many of our heroes from different parts of the country to celebrate their efforts and contributions towards nurturing and growing Port Harcourt Grand Commandery.”
“They are to assist in the launching of projects to be associated with the celebration”.
During the inauguration of the committee, Sir Okene unveiled some of the programmes that will be carried out during the celebration, to include a family faith development (Catechesis Competition) Catechesis programme in Port Harcourt Diocese to also include a Catechetical colloquium.
Though KSJI is celebrating 10 years in Port Harcourt Grand Commandery, the Order has been in existence since 1886 and came to Nigeria in 1976. It has a membership of over 18,000 Knights and their Ladies in Nigeria. The Order exists in the USA, England, Germany, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in other African countries like, Kenya, Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia.