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Pope Francis Appoints Msgr. Onwuatuegwu As Bishop Of Orlu

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The people of Uli community in Ihiala local council of Anambra State are currently in a celebratory mood after His Holiness, Pope Francis appointed their son Monsignor Thomas Ifeanyichukwu Obiatuegwu as Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Imo State.

The Eastern Updates reports that even though Uli is in Anambra State, the town is within the Ecclesiastical Province of Orlu.

According a statement by the Church, Monsignor Obiatuegwu will be formally ordained on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu.

Thereafter, he will be hosted to a grand reception by the Uli community on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Uli.

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Until his appointment, Monsignor Obiatuegwu was the Parish Priest of St Thomas Catholic Church, Umuna where he was assigned the Titular See of Horrea Coelia.

He was born on the 1st January, 1966 in Uli, Anambra State. He attended the Minor Seminary in Umuowa, the Saint Joseph’s Major Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene and subsequently, the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu.

He obtained a Master’s Degree  in Philosophy from the Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain and another Master’s Degree in Public Management and Policy from Indiana University, United States of America.

Monsignor Obiatuegwu was ordained a priest in 1995 for the clergy of the Diocese of Orlu. Since then, he has held several offices including: Chaplain of the hospital of Amaigbo, Parish Priest, St Theresa’s church, Amauju, Isunjaba, Parish Vicar, Saint Patrick’s Church, Kokoma, Indiana, United States of America.

He was also Chaplain of the USA Army, Parish Priest, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Orlu, Parish Priest, St Michael’s  Catholic Church, Urualla and Dean, St Michael’s Pastoral Zone before his recent appointment.

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