Abakaliki Catholic Diocese gets new bishop as Nnachi resigns

Abakaliki Catholic Diocese now has a new Bishop following the resignation of Bishop Nnachi Okoro, who has led the Diocese for many years.

It was gathered that Bishop Nnachi tendered his resignation and on Monday night the Vertical sent a replacement and happens to be Rev. Peter Nworie Chukwu.

At the press time, most Catholic clergies have converged at the State Pastoral Center where the out gone Bishop, Most Rev Father Michael Okoro will handover to the new Lordship


Bishop Chukwu, was the parish priest of St. Patrick in Nduruku-Amagu and Professor at the Ebonyi State University.

He was born on November 5, 1965 in Ededeagu Umuezekohohu, in the Diocese of Abakaliki. After attending the Seat of Wisdom Seminary in Owerri, where he completed his philosophical studies (1985-1989), he completed his theological studies (1990-1993) at the Bigard Memorial Major Seminary in Enugu.

Subsequently, he studied at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio (2000-2001) and at the Marquette University in Milwaukee, in the United States of America (USA), obtaining a Doctorate in Philosophy (2002-2007). He was ordained a priest on 3 July 1993, incardinating himself in the Diocese of Abakaliki.

After his priestly ordination he held the following positions: Parish Vicar of St. John the Evangelist in Okpaugwu (1993-1994); Vice-Rector of the St. Augustine Minor Seminary (1993); Parish Vicar of St. Michael in Ogboji (1994); Parish priest of St. Mulumba in Echara Ikwo (1994-1996); Parish priest of St. Paul in Uburu (1996-2000); Pastor of All Saints in Fremont and of St. Joseph in White Cloud, in the Diocese of Grand Rapids and Adjunct Professor at Aquinas College , USA (2000-2010);
President of the Association of Nigerian Priests of the Diocese of Abakaliki (2010-2017).

From 2010 up to now he has been parish priest of St. Patrick in Nduruku-Amagu; since 2011 Professor at Ebonyi State University in Abakaliki and since 2017 Spiritual Director of the Novitiate of the Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd .

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