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Metropolitan Archdiocese of

Onitsha

Nigeria Nigeria

Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Rite: Roman (Latin)

Type: Metropolitan Archdiocese

Area: 2,778 km²

Population: 1,913,423 Catholics (66.7% of 2,870,133 total) (2015)

Suffragan Sees: Abakaliki, Awgu, Awka, Enugu, Nnewi, Nsukka

Depends on: Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

Statistics: 160 parishes, 16 missions, 367 priests (340 diocesan, 27 religious), 722 lay religious (153 brothers, 569 sisters), 165 seminarians (2015)

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History

Papal Visits


Special Churches


Present Prelates

Metropolitan Archbishop (2003.09.01 – ...):Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke (65)Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke (65)
Auxiliary Bishop (2015.02.06 – ...):Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh (62)Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh (62)

Titular Bishop of Legia

Ordinaries

Metropolitan Archbishops of Onitsha (Roman Rite)

Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke (65)Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke (65)Permalink
(2003.09.01 – ...)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria)

Ut vitam habeant

Born:1953.10.20 (Nigeria)
Ordained Priest:1981.07.11
Consecrated Bishop:2002.02.09

Coadjutor Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (2001.11.09 – 2003.09.01)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (2003.09.01 – ...)

Archbishop Albert Kanene ObiefunaPermalink
(1995.02.25 – 2003.09.01)

Born:1930.01.30 (Nigeria)
Ordained Priest:1963.12.21
Consecrated Bishop:1978.02.05
Died:2011.05.11 († 81)

Bishop of Awka (Nigeria) (1977.11.10 – 1994.09.09)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (1994 – 2000)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1994.09.09 – 1995.02.25)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1995.02.25 – 2003.09.01)

Archbishop Stephen Nweke EzeanyaPermalink
(1985.03.09 – 1995.02.25)

Born:1921.03.31 (Nigeria)
Ordained Priest:1953.12.20
Consecrated Bishop:1985.05.11
Died:1996.11.12 († 75)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1985.03.09 – 1995.02.25)

Cardinal Francis Arinze (86)Archbishop Francis Arinze (86) (later Cardinal)Permalink
(1967.06.26 – 1985.03.09)

Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri–Segni
Prefect emeritus of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Regnum Christi floreat

Born:1932.11.01 (Nigeria)
Ordained Priest:1958.11.23
Consecrated Bishop:1965.08.29
Created Cardinal:1985.05.25

Titular Bishop of Fissiana (1965.07.06 – 1967.06.26)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1965.07.06 – 1967.06.26)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1967.06.26 – 1985.03.09)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (1979 – 1984.04.08)

Pro-President of Secretariat for Non-Christians (1984.04.08 – 1985.05.27)

Cardinal-Deacon of S. Giovanni della Pigna (1985.05.25 – 1996.01.29)

President of Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue (1985.05.27 – 2002.10.01)

Cardinal-Priest of S. Giovanni della Pigna pro hac vice Title (1996.01.29 – 2005.04.25)

Prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (2002.10.01 – 2008.12.09)

Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri–Segni (2005.04.25 [2005.05.22] – ...)

Archbishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp.Permalink
(1950.04.18 – 1967.06.26)

Born:1890.11.29 (Ireland)
Ordained Priest:1921.09.24
Consecrated Bishop:1927.05.29
Died:1967.06.26 († 76)

Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of Southern Nigeria (Nigeria) (1927.01.24 – 1931.05.21)

Titular Bishop of Balanea (1927.01.24 – 1950.04.18)

Vicar Apostolic of Southern Nigeria (Nigeria) (1931.05.21 – 1934.07.09)

Vicar Apostolic of Onitsha–Owerri (Nigeria) (1934.07.09 – 1948.02.12)

Vicar Apostolic of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1948.02.12 – 1950.04.18)

Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha (Nigeria) (1950.04.18 – 1967.06.26)

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (1961 – 1966)

Vicars Apostolic of Onitsha (Roman Rite)

Bishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1948.02.12 – 1950.04.18)

(see above)

Vicars Apostolic of Onitsha–Owerri (Roman Rite)

Bishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1934.07.09 – 1948.02.12)

(see above)

Vicars Apostolic of Southern Nigeria (Roman Rite)

Bishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp. (later Archbishop)Permalink
(1931.05.21 – 1934.07.09)

(see above)

Bishop Joseph (Ignatius) Shanahan, C.S.Sp.Permalink
(1920.04.16 – 1931.05.21)

Born:1871.06.06 (Ireland)
Ordained Priest:1900.04.22
Consecrated Bishop:1920.06.06
Died:1943.12 († 72)

Prefect Apostolic of Lower Niger (Nigeria) (1905.09.20 – 1920.04.16)

Vicar Apostolic of Southern Nigeria (Nigeria) (1920.04.16 – 1931.05.21)

Titular Bishop of Abila Lysaniæ (1920.04.16 – 1943.12)

Prefects Apostolic of Lower Niger (Roman Rite)

Fr. Joseph (Ignatius) Shanahan, C.S.Sp. (later Bishop)Permalink
(1905.09.20 – 1920.04.16)

(see above)

Fr. Léon-Alexander Lejeune, C.S.Sp.Permalink
(1900.05.23 – 1905.09.05)

Born:1861 (France)
Died:1905.09.05 († 44)

Prefect Apostolic of Lower Niger (Nigeria) (1900.05.23 – 1905.09.05)

Former Prelates


as of 2018.11.07

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