HCA 2017 National program report

The programme, strongly supported by the Bishops of Nigerian dioceses, lasted from August 1-3, 2017 with the participation of almost 300 children and their mission animators (school teachers, priests and women religious) from 45 dioceses in Nigeria gathered in Benin City Archdiocese for 2017 HCA National programme at St. Paul’s Minor Seminary Benin-City with the Theme: Blessed Virgin Mary is my mother.

The Archbishop of Benin City officiated at the opening Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated with the PMS National Director and about 20 priests in attendance. In attendance also were many Religious women and HCA animators who came with their children.

Activities to Mark the event included: Holy mass, Quiz competition, Mission Rosary, Marian Year celebration, Games and Mission cake event,

The result of the quiz competition showed that Awka Diocese came 1st Seconded by Sokoto Diocese, while Warri Diocese took the 3rd position.

After the quiz competition followed the Marian Year celebration. It was started with Mission Rosary Procession where the children prayed 20 decades of the Rosary. After that, songs in honour of our Blessed Virgin Mary followed, then the crowning of the Statue of Mary closed with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.