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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Another Iroko has fallen: Fr Ernest Munachi Ezeogu is Dead.

Another Iroko has fallen: Goodnight Fr Ernest Munachi Ezeogu 

 By Uwakwe Chibuike MFC

Whoever loves African Theology must have known him and admired his deep theological insights in praise of Africa. For him, Christianity is Africa's greatest contribution to humanity because Christianity itself is an African heritage since Jesus Christ the founder of Christianity was biologically an African. He went beyond all doubts to prove that Jesus was by birth an African having been born naturally by the Blessed Virgin Mary who was an African from Egypt. According to this great Biblical scholar renowned for his expertise in New Testament Exegesis and research on the historical Jesus, by adoption, Jesus was a Jew since Joseph who was Jewish wasn't responsible for Mary's pregnancy. Thus, to proclaim Jesus 'Son of David' is an act of faith, while recognising him as 'Son of Africa' is a biological fact. His theological works speak volume of his biblical and theological expertise that enjoys a blend of African cultural affinity. 

Popularly known as Fr Munachi, this seasoned preacher of God's Word is known to be the oldest cleric to own an online resource for Sunday homilies. His website www.munachi.com boasts of over 18,000 email subscribers since it's inception in 1997 when access to the Internet was an exclusive reserve for a privileged few. His homilies inspired and motivated most of us to begin similar projects.
He was a formator at the Spiritan School of Theology Attakwu, Enugu where he taught Sacred Scripture, which he studied for twelve years in Rome, Jerusalem and Toronto. The Nwangele LGA-born Holy Ghost Father delivered the 2009 Odenigbo lecture series titled Jesu Onye Afrika: Ozioma Maka uwa Nile” (Jesus the African: Good News for the Whole World) where he defended his thesis on the African origin of Jesus.

Dear mentor, I will greatly miss you. I was looking forward to meeting you in Enugu in October as you requested. I never knew my brief chat with you in Sept 2014 at the Obiri Odenigbo in Owerri would be our last. That day, you encouraged me to always leave a legacy wherever I am and that my weekly reflections would be a great legacy. Thanks for the inspirations you gave me. Thanks for touching the lives of thousands spiritually through your online homilies. My heart still bleeds because of your death. Who would continue your Sunday homilies? Definitely, nobody would fit into that big shoe. You wrote with a blend of detailed expertise and simplicity. As a seminarian, I have always dreamt of writing like you. You made God's unchanging Word ever relevant for man's changing world. Your homilies are always new each time they are read. Your expertise on Pauline Theology which you exhibited in your homilies on the epistle was superb. O death why now? I wish your site could remain running for years. Your dream of building a bigger website has failed. How I wish I had access to your hosting, I would definitely keep the website running at my own cost. Fr. I am yet to accept this sad news. Mana jee nke oma (Safe journey). The world would definitely miss you. May God rest your soul until we meet at the beatific vision. 


NB: Recently, I started republishing some of the Sunday Homilies of Fr. Munachi on my blog. So you can find his Sunday homilies in the column tagged "Late Fr. Munachi Ezeogu's Homilies"

38 comments:

  1. Tony Chijioke Udemba10:22 pm

    May he rest in peace. I benefited a lot from his inspiring homilies

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  2. My God! for few weeks ago I have been searching homilies of fr Munachi without any success unknowingly that our dear father God has already called him into his Kingdom. We will miss you fr and will miss your inspiring homilies.Thank you dear blogger for your brief information about the departure of our beloved late fr.Munachi

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  3. Fr J, Msuya4:39 pm

    Words are not enough to describe who rich your homilies have been throughout these years! You have been an inspiration in the ministry of the Word especially the light of the Gospel in African context. May the Risen Lord reward you the beatific vision you longed for in your Christian journey. RIP

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  4. Anonymous7:06 pm

    Oh, but when did this happen? I was wondering why I was not getting the homilies!

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  5. We are praying so much for his soul, but someone still have the homilies!? or can put the website online again? We still need his amazing words!

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  6. May his soul rest in peace. He really worked for the kingdom of God. I always in appreciation of his wonderful homilies. they were so theological, so down to earth.

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  7. I am so sad about it. Even though He now enjoys an Eternal Bliss for his hard work in proclaiming the kingdom of God. I used to enjoy his homilies.
    I am looking forward that someone will continue his dream and ministry in sharing his homilies or printing and publishing them.

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  8. I am wondering if a site could be set up in memory of Fr. Munachi where his followers could post some of his sunday homilies throughout the cycles. I am sure many printed off copies to work from each week. I have some but not all as I relyed on just going to the website for reference. Is anyone interested in talking about this?

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    1. Anonymous10:08 am

      Thanks for your invitation! It will be interesting to do something about it. Hope to hear from you.

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  9. Anonymous6:31 pm

    What a pain. What a loss. He was a great mind deeply rooted in the word of God and the world of human experience. That was why his homilies were all great. May he experience the peace of God, amen and amen.

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  10. Anonymous7:32 pm

    I am a member of the Lithurgical Committee of my Church, St. Monica's Parish in Douala, Cameroon. Each Friday, unfailingly for the past 5 years, I knew that I will receive in my inbox the most inspiring reflections on God from Fr MUNACHI.
    Now, I understand why it suddenly stopped coming. May your soul rest in perfect peace in the Lord.
    I know that you will read this comment from Heaven. Just know that you made an indelible mark on my spirituality and I will miss your thoughts. Thank you a million times.

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  11. Those were inspiring homilies. May his soul rest in peace

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  12. Those were inspiring homilies. May his soul rest in peace

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  13. Uchenna Obia9:32 am

    Fr Munachi you were grand, your words grandeur and your theological reflections grandiose! May you remain ever grand even in the bosom of our merciful Father in Paradise!

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  14. May his soul rest in peace! A man who was very down to earth and he was able to see the practical aspects of the Word of God in every situation. It's a loss but he has completed his race successfully.

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  15. May his soul rest in peace! A man who was very down to earth and he was able to see the practical aspects of the Word of God in every situation. It's a loss but he has completed his race successfully.

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  16. Anonymous2:52 pm

    oh my God! may your soul rest in peace.we will deeply miss your inspiring homilies.

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  17. Anonymous3:28 am

    It is indeed a great loss for the church. May his soul rest in priest.

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  18. Anonymous9:21 am

    miss you brother! you wrote wonderful spiritual reflections, great stories and gracious jokes for weeks...Peace, and safe journey home brother!

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  19. Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord! and let your perpetual Light shine upon him.

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  20. Anonymous5:07 am

    OMG! i ve searching for his homilies all d while without success. this is very painfull. may ur soul rest in peace fr.

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  21. Anonymous2:51 pm

    very sorry to hear Fr. Munachi is no longer with us in this world. He was a great scholar. I was inspired by his homilies which were down to the earth, I will miss him terribly. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen

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  22. Though I came to know about it late. My heart goes out to Fr. Munachi to thank him deeply for his inspirational homilies. It is true that he has left behind a great legacy for this living church. May God grant unto him, eternal peace.

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  23. Anonymous1:34 pm

    May his soul rest in peace!

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  24. Anonymous12:30 pm

    This is hard to believe and shocking too. I would miss his inspiring homilies. May God rest his soul eternally. Amen

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  25. Anonymous2:27 pm






    A litle life history will be helpful for those who read his homiliy but do not know him. What date he died? how old was he? Was he sick?


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  26. how to view or get his homilies again

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  27. Anonymous6:22 pm

    A great soul!

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  28. Anonymous9:31 pm

    May His Soul rest in peace

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  29. I was wondering for the past few months, why I was not receiving the weekly homilies from Fr Munachi - the African priest whose homily website and email notifications were very popular among priests all over the world (https://www.facebook.com/ezeogu). Almost all throughout my stay in AUS&NZ, his weekly homily tips enriched my homilies. Today only I realised that he has been called to eternal rest sometime in the beginning of this year. RIP Rev Fr Ernest Munachi Ezeogu CSSP. Your homilies were the most practical & to the point that I have ever seen. His website (www.munachi.com) is also down. Very sad. (posted on my FB page)

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  30. Anonymous2:51 pm

    So sad to hear this now, I have been wondering why I have not received your touching and inspired homily for past months. Goodnight great homilist. RIP Fr Munachi.

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  31. I didnt hear about this sad news. No wonder i was not getting the homilies again. Rest well, Priest of God.

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  32. I didnt hear about this sad news. No wonder i was not getting the homilies again. Rest well, Priest of God.

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  33. I am so sad by hearing that my able priest has pass away. oh! death why now Fr.Munachi, rest in peace.

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  34. Waoh so sad this news of Fr Munachi's dead. He was such a good homilist. In fact i was searching for one when i fell on this news !
    RIP Father Ernest !

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  35. Now I know why I was not able to access this great spiritual resource by Fr Munachi for sometime now. Your reflections brought comfort to me and my flock in the heat of battle in Afghanistan, in need in Nicaragua, and at moments of pain in Haiti. Adieu you have been honored by people of good will and now May our merciful Father whose benevolence is unqualified crown you with a golden mansion which He has prepared for you. Bye Great Man of God, a priest of the Most High God, your work brought immense credit to His bride on earth, THE CHURCH. Fr Munachi, RIP.
    Fr. Ike Eweama

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  36. Anonymous4:51 pm

    OMG! did not about his death , until now:when did this happen? Would some one tell me?

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  37. I still miss my dear brother, father and friend. He was an inspiration to us in Toronto, he was our wise and joyful friend. His wonderful presence and laughter will light up heaven. Rest in power and peace dear beloved brother, father and friend.

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