Gen. President Address at ADC BRCBG General Convention

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The Archdiocesan BRC Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Joachim Ochibili
ADC/Parish Patrons and Patronesses
ADC Block Rosary Crusade Officers and Co-opted Executives
Parish Block Rosary Presidents
Distinguished BRCBG Members

Glory be to Jesus, Unto life everlasting, Amen.

It gives the Block Rosary Crusade of Lagos Archdiocese joy to meet with the entire members
of this uniform Para-military outfit of Block Rosary Crusade known as Block Rosary Crusade
Brigade of Guard. This general summit being the first of its kind in Lagos Archdiocese is very
timely as it is taking place at beginning of the 2nd year of this regime.

I wish to use this opportunity to welcome and salute you all Patriot and Cadet for the
wonderful work you are doing to the Church in Nigeria through the Block Rosary Crusade. It
is a great thing of joy that this Para-military arm of our society which started in Lagos
Archdiocese has today spread across every part of Nigeria and is waxing very strongly. Of
course, we can beat our chest and proudly say that it is the child of our brain anytime and
anywhere.    This administration shall continue to support and promote BRCBG of the
Archdiocese in all her good endeavours as no responsible parents disowns his or her good

This convention will allow us the opportunity today to overview our performance over the
years in relationship to the activities of the Block Rosary Crusade whom this arm belongs to.
We should recall that the Block Rosary Crusade Brigade of Guard was formed in honour of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the propagation of her message at Fatima in the year 1917, and
to help her members towards a greater love of God and their neighbours. Its objective is to
work for the welfare of her members, spiritually, morally, and for the good of the Block
Rosary Crusade and the Catholic Church. It is a duty bestowed on the members of the
department to control traffic and ensure orderliness in and around the church, and in all
Block Rosary Crusade Activities of which you are the disciplinary vanguard of the Block
Rosary Crusade. It is good for us to begin to ask ourselves if that is the result Block Rosary
Crusade of Lagos Archdiocese is getting from BRCBG and her members.


From recent census conducted on ADC BRCBG which was the first assignment given to the
Chief Commandant, Major Martins Uche Onwukwe on his appointment last year, if that
assignment was thoroughly done, today we have 754 members in Lagos state BRCBG which
formed 20% of total number of Crusaders in Archdiocese. I am very optimistic that all of
you are present in this summit and whoever that is not here today without genuine
written apology ceases to be part of this arm effective from date. This is a convention fixed
over six months ago thereby giving enough time for each member to reschedule his or her
activities to participate in this programme as a mark of respect to the authorities of Block
Rosary Crusade. The State/Parish commandants are mandated to enforce this directive to
the later. Block Rosary Crusade Brigade of Guard members must cloth themselves with Our
Lady’s virtues and be submissive to the authority of the Block Rosary Crusade at all levels.

Brothers and sisters, if you look around you will discover that this uniform arm of the
Crusade accommodates majority of adult members of our society and today, we still lack
adult and grown-up members seriously in our Centres and Parishes. At center /Parish levels
where are these able brothers and sisters present in this gathering? Do you go to prayers
and fulfill your obligations as Rosarians? On the above subject, I would like to draw your
attention on article 10, sub-section XV; paragraph C/E of the constitution of the Block Rosary
Crusade which defines clearly who should be a member of BRCBG and the purpose of the
arm. “Block Rosary Brigade of Guards is for the Diocese, through the Parishes, and members
are recruited from the local centres on representatives’ basis. These members must be
active crusaders and of good characters”. You should not be a member of BRCBG if you are
not an active member of the BRC with good repute. There is need for you to return urgently
your uniform and other materials of BRCBG under your possession if you do not fall into that
category. You may also wish to retain them on your own accord but when the owner – The
Ever Blessed Virgin Mary starts demanding for it, do not say,’ had I know’.


Every member of Block Rosary Crusade MUST belongs to the basic unit of the society called
centre and we are expected to obey and respect constituted authorities of that level. In that
vein, each member of BRCBG must have a centre where he or she attends prayers
regularly. Failure to comply with that, the person remains an imposture, intruder,
detractor, infidel and a false Crusader. At all levels, members of BRCBG are not different
from other members of the Block Rosary Crusade. Irrespective of the recognition we
accord to this arm and members managing it, the commanding officer in-charge in the Parish
remains the Parish President and should be duly respected. All members ranging from the
Parish Commandant to the Flag bearer or Principal Store Officer must take instructions from
him. Same is applicable to higher Council where the Chief Administrator (C.A.) or National
Administrator takes directive from the Diocesan Council President he or she belongs. All the
attached ranks are the beauty of the organ and should not blindfold us from the real essence
of our membership in the Society. Let’s not forget our identical password “Obedience &
Sacrifice”. It should remain our watch word. We don’t want see disloyal troops from any
Parish of this Archdiocese.


In the past and at present Block Rosary Crusade of Lagos Archdiocese has been experiencing
great challenges from the members of BRCBG. Counting from Jos 1999 till date, we still
encounter at high rate those problems that should have drastically reduced or totally
overcome as a Marian Society. These include attitude ridiculing the image of Block Rosary
Crusade, insubordination/disobedience to constituted authority, illegal dealings, abusive
utterances, embezzlement of Crusade funds and properties, indecent and immoral acts
among BRCBG members and other members of the Crusade. There has been a case of
Brigade brothers impregnating Brigade sisters, cases of brigade members encouraging
crusade sisters to commit abortion which eventually resulted to untimely death, illegal use of
BRCBG uniform, lack of respect from the brigade members to the Parish officers of Block
Rosary Crusade, not to talk of non attendance to daily centre prayers by members. They are
among the reasons of summoning this general assembly for us to redress from those
behaviours. They are anti-BRC and never our call. Personal sanctity must be the first
aspiration of every member, sincere and constant effort shall be made to acquire it, so that
one can help to make others holy “or no one can give that which he has not gotten”.


Today, the Block Rosary Crusade of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos runs a straight forward
government under a single leadership. The president of the Council is the Commanding
Officer of BRCBG in Lagos Archdiocese with all the ranks and files officers from the National,
Provincial and Archdiocesan body surrounding him. We owe respect to one another to
ensure that the course of the Archdiocesan Crusade advances forward.               No external
individual or body should influence the serving officers of this arm of the Crusade. More so,
it is a serious offence for the leaders of BRCBG to embark on any assignment or project be it
from the Provincial or National Council without the pre- knowledge and approval of the
Archdiocesan President and his officers. If that has existed in the past, it should come to an
end today. All old officers of the Brigade should go back to their Parishes and work for our
Lady in the Parish Block Rosary Crusade. Ex-officers of BRCBG co-opted to the executive
council of the BRC should allow the incumbent officers of BRCBG to lead the arm and join the
council officers to move the Diocese forward.

The only advisory body of the BRCBG as at today is the BRC Chaplain and the officers of the ADC
BRC. It is absolutely wrong for you to make consultations on how to administer the office of the
BRCBG from anybody who is no longer an active member of the Crusade and does not know the
current trend of the Crusade. Those illegal advisers - former members who have outgrown being
members of the Block Rosary Crusade should stay away from BRCBG and allow the officers to
exhibit their God given talents.

We are proud to have the founder of BRCBG in Nigeria Bro. Clement-Mary Opara in our
Archdiocese. As a member of BRC, he is appointed as one of the co-opted executive of this
Archdiocesan Council and stand to offer more to the BRC of Lagos Archdiocese. On that
note, all past leaders of BRCBG who are no longer attending prayers in their respective
centres and do not come out for other activities of Block Rosary Crusade should surrender
immediately their BRCBG uniform and proceed on self-RETIREMENT. What makes you a
member of BRCBG is your Block Rosary Crusade membership and if you are no longer active
in the Block Rosary Crusade you can’t be a member of BRCBG nation-wide.

After today’s summit, all members of BRCBG present will be given LA/ADC/BRCBG personal
identification number which shall also be posted to our website and published in the next
edition of our Crux Magazine. Please log into our website
before our next general meeting to confirm your members and number. Meanwhile make
sure you write down your name correctly according to your Parishes. Whoever does not
found his or her name on the posted list should not be counted as a member of BRCBG in
Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. Upgrading of BRCBG membership list for new intakes will be
the responsibility of the Council.

Finally fellow Comrade of BRCBG, we must stand-up for Block Rosary Crusade and defend
her integrity. Today, our society’s image is more eye-catching to the Church and general
public through you and your uniform; we must defend and protect it strongly. We should all
realize that the growth and development of Block Rosary Crusade as a body is also the
development and growth of BRCBG as her arm. We should jointly work to lift the society and
her arms for greater glory of God, honour to the Blessed Virgin Mary and fulfillment of Her
ardent desires at Fatima in 1917. This can be speedily achieved if we resolve today to
match force with force against sin and become better members of Block Rosary Crusade.
We must run away from quarrelling, sins of disobedient, immodesty, cheating,
immorality, insubordination, indiscipline and other vices that would only robe us our
citizenship in heaven. “At the end the Immaculate Heart of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary
will Triumph”.

Glory be to Jesus, Unto life Everlasting, Amen.

Bro. Fidelis-Mary O. Nwachukwu(KSM)

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