A clergyman sold his propeties and encouraged others to donate towards the project
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, will dedicate a 6,000-capacity auditorium of the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri, Imo State.
The completion and dedication of the auditorium is coming 38 years after construction of the edifice was initiated.
NEXT EDITION learned the foundation stone of the cathedral was laid in 1979 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Donald Cogan with the late Most Rev. Benjamin Nwankiti as Bishop of the Owerri Diocese.
During the first fund raising organised for the project, it was learned that the highest donor gave N10,000 while the least donor gave N1.
Thereafter, more fund-raising ceremonies were organised with many making donations running into millions of naira.
The incumbent Bishop of the Owerri Diocese, Most Rev. Cyril Okorocha is reported to have made the completion of the cathedral his topmost priority on assumption of office in 1998.
A member of the church, Reginald Mbajunwa, said Bishop Okorocha sold his personal belongings such as landed property and vehicles to ensure the completion of the church auditorium.
Mr. Mbajunwa said the transparency which clergyman brought to bear on the project gingered many members of the church to donate generously towards its completion.
Highlights of the dedication ceremony include the consecration of four new bishops and convening of the Episcopal Synod of the church.