record, perhaps more than a record, a lived and living experience to continuallyenergize and vitalize the people of God in the diocese in succeeding years. Apartfrom mirroring the moving moments of collective memory to those who took partin one aspect or the other of the synod, it also presents to the others who may nothave had the same privilege a vivid and as far as possible complete picture of theepochal undertaking. In that way, the fruits of the exercise will be available anduseful to everyone in every age.On another level, the synod Acts do not in any way anticipate or preempt thelegislative act which belongs to the diocesan Bishop to promulgate. Rather itserves as a background framework in the context of which the legislation will bereceived and appreciated. It is a reference and companion document. In this sensealso, the publication of the Acts mark in a way the conclusive work and closure of the assembly.For all those who desire to be informed and to benefit from the enrichingexperience that was the first diocesan synod of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi,the Acts is hereby offered. Happy and fruitful reading!
Anichebe Patrick Ezeobata (Very Rev. Fr.)Vicar General & Chairman, Synod Central Committee25 March, 2006Solemnity of the Annunciation
DECREE FOR THE OPENING OF THE SYNOD
IN NAME OF GOD
AWARE of the need to celebrate the Diocesan Synod in the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi;AFTER due consultations and necessary preparations;WITH my authority as the Diocesan Bishop of Nnewi and in accordance with the prescriptions of Canon Law,I DECREE as follows:
The first Synod of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi be commenced on 3day of April 2005 with the Eucharistic Celebration at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, Nnewi;The formal Opening Session be done at St. Michael's Hall, Eziora-
Ozubulu on Monday, 4 April at 9.00 a.m.All things be done as planned and published in the programme by theSynod Preparatory CommitteeThe Synod Preparatory Committee be henceforth the Synod Committee.All things to the contrary notwithstanding
Given at the Diocesan Secretariat, Nnewi this 3 day of April 2005.
Most Rev. Hilary Paul Odili Okeke
Bishop of Nnewi
Very Rev. Fr. Alphonsus N. Okonkwo