2017 MARIAN CONGRESS OF NIGERIA

RECOMMENDED PROGRAM FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL MARIAN

CONGRESS TO MARK THE CENTENARY



Date: - October 12th (Arrival) - 14th (Departure) 2017
Hosting Diocese: - Archdiocese of Benin City
Venue - Benin City, Edo State
Theme: - The Signs of the Times and the Urgency of Our Lady of Fatima’s Call for Prayer, Penance ad Reparation
Sub-themes: 1. The Message of Fatima and its Relevance in the 21st Century
2. Living the Message of Fatima in Africa in the Context of the current Political, Economic, Social-Cultural and Religious Challenges in Africa
3. The Signs of the Times and the Urgency of Our Lady’s Call for the Practice of First Saturday Devotion

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES : THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12TH 2017
Event Venue Time
Arrival & Registration St. Paul Airport Rd. 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
Penitential Service/ Confession St. Paul Airport Rd. 5:00 p.m– 7:30 p.m
Benediction St. Paul Airport Rd. 7:30 p.m- 8:30p.m.
Supper/Dinner (at venues) At Venues 8:30 p.m– 9:30p.m.
(Retirement) At Venues 10:00 pm

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH 2017
Event Venue Time
Rising and preparations for the activities of the day At Venues 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Breakfast At Venues 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Movement to Centenary Venue from various accommodation venues   7:30 a.m.
Morning Prayers, Confession, and 20 decades Rosary in honour of Our Lady of Fatima with hymns Ogbe Stadium 8:00 a.m.
Welcome Address by the host Archbishop (Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze) shortly before the penitential Rite at the concelebrated Pontifical Mass to mark the Centenary of the Fatima Apparitions and Consecration Of Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ogbe Stadium 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Short Break Ogbe Stadium 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Key-note Address (on the theme of the congress) By His Grace, Most Rev. (Dr.) Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria: suggestion: living the message of Fatima In Africa in the Context of the current Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural and Religious Challenges In Africa Ogbe Stadium 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1st Congress Lecture:
The Message of Fatima and its 
Relevance in the 21st Century 

2nd Congress Lecture:
The signs of the times and the 
Urgency of Our Lady’s Call for the Practice of First Saturday Devotion 

Holy Mass: Homilist: Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Okeke Archbishop of Onitsha and the chairman of CBCN Pastoral Affairs: 
After Post Communion Prayer: A short Remarks by 
Very Rev. Fr. OjaleIdoko (Pastoral Affairs CSN) 
Remarks by the Papal Nuncio to Nigeria 


Event Time
Lunch (The Various Venues) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rest(At Various Venues) 4pm to 5pm
Candle-light Rosary Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima ending with the Benediction (at St. Paul’s) 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner (Venues) 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH 2017
Event Venue Time
Breakfast/Movement to centenary Venue from various accommodation centers. St. Paul Airport Rd. 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Morning Prayers and 20 decades of the Rosary in Honour of Our Lady of Fatima with hymns St. Paul Airport Rd. 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Closing Mass of the Congress St. Paul Airport Rd. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


Vote of Thanks by Rev. Fr. Edwin Omorogbe
The LOC Chairman 
Departure after Mass

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