The Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province marked his birthday with inmates of Onitsha Correctional Centre (Prison) in Nigeria.
The Prelate who turned 67 on May 20 joined the inmates in their setting to deepen their sense of belonging and share with them his joyous occasion.
Archbishop Okeke prayed for the inmates for transformational life when they are set to leave for a better life.
“As I celebrate my birthday today with the inmates of Onitsha Correctional Centre (Prison), I pray for God’s blessings, for the gift of life and good health of mind and body on everyone”.
“May God transform the condition of the prisoners to be better persons as they leave prison. I pray for our Country Nigeria and our State, Anambra: for peace, progress, love to increase among us, and for the end of bad governance. As we embrace our present challenges, the crosses of our lives today with courage, my prayer is that the present condition will help us to get the crown of glory, through Christ our Lord”, he added.
Valerian Maduka Okeke (born 20 October 1953) is a Nigerian prelate who serves as the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province.
He was born in Umudioka, Anambra State and ordained to the priesthood on 11 July 1981 by cardinal Francis Arinze, who was then the Archbishop of Onitsha.
After his ordination, he worked as a parish vicar at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha, under Emmanuel Otteh.
Valerian Okeke later served as parish priest of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows’ Parish, Umuoji (1983- 1986).
He served as the Rector of the provincial seminary, Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, before he was appointed the coadjutor Archbishop of Onitsha by Pope John Paul II, on 28 November 2001. He was consecrated Co-adjutor Archbishop on 9 February 2002, by Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla.