For the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Kizito Mgbemere, the parish pastoral council and the entire parishioners of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Amuvi, Sunday, the 27th of March, 2016, will forever remain evergreen in the memories. On that day, they celebrated the 10th year anniversary of their parish with His Lord Bishop, the Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugoji, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese as the chief celebrant.
On the 2nd of January, 2006, the church was dedicated and formally proclaimed a parish by Rev. Ugoji. Since then, the church has grown in leaps and bounds as it has enjoyed the spiritual guidance of three parish priests and many waiting priests with the attendant full activities of an active parish.
So far the church has witnessed the following developments, roofing and rehabilitation of the church building and purchase of an 18 seater bus courtesy Alpha Plus Ltd; erection of a Marian Grotto by Chrislinda Ltd; Bishops court under construction courtesy of CWO; near completion of first phase of gigantic parish secretariat; plastering, lighting and beautification of the perimeter fence and participation in all diocesan activities including hosting of parish retreat amongst several other achievements.
Conducting the mass, His Lordship Rev. Ugoji charged the parishioners not to relent on their efforts in uplifting the parish. He praised them for the achievements recorded thus far and prayed that God Almighty will continue to be with them.
In his remarks, Rev. Kizito Mgbemere described the past ten years as grace-filled. He described occasion as a prodigality of the parishioner’s selflessness in giving and volunteerism. The parish he said was like a mustard seed which has eventually turned out a big tree.
It will be recalled that in 2006, a committee on the dedication of the church was inaugurated with Engr. Goddy Ijeomah and Dr. Azubike Okoro as chairman and secretary respectively.