The Catholic in Nigeria has on Thursday, July 30, held an Episcopal ordination for Monsignor Michael Kalu Ukpong, newly appointed auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia at the Mater Die Cathedral in the Umuahia Diocese.
In a post sited by Agnus-Dei Media on the platform of the Catholic Broadcast Commission, Nigeria, the ceremony saw Most Most Rev. Antonio Guido Filipazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, being the Principal Consecrator with Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and Metropolitan of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province and His Lordship, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, Bishop of Umuahia Diocese/Apostolic Administrator, Ahiara Diocese as co-consecrators.
Amidst the global unrest, the ceremony had also attracted “ a mammoth crowd of the faithful, both Catholics and non-Catholics, including Catholic bishops from various dioceses in Nigeria”.
The newly ordained Bishop was on May 30, 2020, appointed by the Holy Father as Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria.
GOODWILL MESSAGE FROM THE CHURCH IN NIGERIA TO THE NEWLY ORDAINED BISHOP
We convey to the newly ordained Bishop our hearty congratulations!
Before he entered his mother’s womb, God had known him, consecrated him and appointed him prophet to the nation just like prophet Jeremiah.
In deed. “no one takes this honour upon himself. Every High Priest has been called, just as Aaron was”, in accordance with the author of the letter to the Hebrews.
May the Lord who called him to serve Him in the Church as a priest and further gave him the grace of the High Priesthood, continue to grant him all the graces he need to shepherd the flock entrusted to his care and lead them to perfect and total union with God through Christ Our Lord.
Ad multos annos!
Profile of Most Rev. Ukpong
He was born on 15th December 1964 in Amaekpu Ohafia, in the Diocese of Umuahia.
He attended the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary in Ahiaeke (1978-1984). He carried out his studies in philosophy at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary in Owerri (1985-1993) and in theology at the Saint Joseph Major Seminary in Ikot Ekpene (1989-1993). He studied canon law at the Klaus-Mörsdorf-Institut für Kanonistik at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich (2006-2007) and then theology at the University of Regensburg, where he was awarded a doctorate 2008-2014). He was ordained a priest on 7 August 1993 for the clergy of the diocese of Umuahia.
Since priestly ordination he has held the following offices: parish vicar at Saint Finbarr’s parish in Umuahia (1993-1994); secretary to the bishop of Umuahia (1994-1996); parish priest ad item at Saint John’s parish (1996-1999); editor of the Lumen Newspaper, of the diocese of Umuahia (1999-2001); and chaplain at the Christ the King Chaplaincy in Umudike (2001-2003). From 2004 to 2014 he carried out his higher studies in Germany, also serving as parish vicar of Saint Joseph’s parish in Reinhausen in the diocese of Regensburg, Germany (2008-2011); parish vicar of the Assumption parish in Ascholtshausen, diocese of Regensburg, Germany (2011-2013); parish vicar of the Berathausen-Pfraundorf parish unit, diocese of Regensburg, Germany (2013-2016); head of the Coronata Secondary School in Asaga Ohafia (2016-2018); and chancellor of the diocese of Umuahia and parish priest of Saint Theresa’s parish in Umuahia (since 2018). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 1/6/2020)
Photo credit:Catholic Broadcast Commission, Nigeria
Source: Agnus-Dei Media