November 18, 1987: Established as Diocese of Ahiara from the Diocese of Owerri; Special churches . CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF PORT HARCOURT. No 1 Kaduna Street D/Line, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. WhatsApp. RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR. “The glory and splendour (of their efforts) … were strongly supported by the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese, (and) are reflected in a truly admirable way in the vibrant Catholic Church in Mbaise land. Meanwhile, history was recorded in the Catholic Church Monday as the eight-year standoff between Catholic priests and faithful of Mbaise extraction erupted in ecstatic jubilation when information filtered in that the embattled Bishop of the Ahiara Catholic Diocese in Imo State, Bishop Peter Okpalaeke, finally resigned his appointment as Bishop of the diocese. Even if the lay faithful in Ahiara Catholic Diocese of Imo State did not know what they were up against when they rejected Bishop Peter Okpaleke who was sent to them as a replacement to the late Bishop Victor Chikwe in 2012, at least the priests of the diocese were expected to have known better that they were fighting a lost cause. Another controversy is rearing its head, following the resignation of Most Rev. Share on Facebook Share. 1 Like ; Re: Someone Should Please Call The Catholic Faithfuls Of Ahiara Diocese To Order. In the name of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Umuahia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. The Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia now has Bishop Ebele Okpalaeke as it’s Bishop. Type of Jurisdiction: Diocese Erected: 23 June 1958 Metropolitan: Archdiocese of Owerri; Rite: Latin (or Roman) It is a vicious tackle against the universally accepted norm of Catholicism. Post Views: 248. Facebook. The new Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese of the Catholic Church, in Mbaise, Imo State, Most Revd Lucius Ugorji, will formally assume duty on Saturday. Find A Church By Name. Featured Advertisers ; CBD Superstore > use code 'CatholicLife'--> >>Catholics Work From Home: Saints Market Store: Rosary Mart: Catholics Learn Latin At Home: My Catholic Hosting: Get Important Updates Click to Subscribe About. Catholic priest, Rev. (cf. To recap, the Diocese of Ahiara in southern Nigeria, with about 400,000 Catholics out of a total population of a half-million, has been in suspended animation since December 2012, when Pope Benedict XVI appointed Peter Ebere Okpaleke, 49 at the time and a member of the Ibo ethnic group that’s long been a bulwark of Nigerian Catholicism, as the new bishop. Anthony was born about circa 468 at Valeria in Lower Pannonia. It is a virulent attack on the age old practice of the Catholic Church. It was at St Brigid’s Catholic Church, Nnarambia, the premier Catholic Church in Mbaise land that the great Ahiara Declaration was announced. The Clergy and the Laity of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara-Mbaise in Imo State had refused to accept Bishop Okpalaeke’s appointment as their local ordinary on grounds that he is … Share on Twitter Tweet. Source Twitter. Linkedin. Daily Sun reports that the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis appointed most Reverend Lucius Ugorji, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, as the apostolic administrator … In a statement issued by the office of the Episcopal Vicar for the Laity signed by Rev. Vocations to the priesthood and religious life boomed. Equally it is a sly attack on the bond of brotherhood that binds not only Catholics together but also Igbo as a race. The pro-Okpaleke website, created by people based in Ahiara, has a list of 201 priests incardinated in the diocese, of whom 157 have allegedly written to Francis. The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, Most Revd (Dr) Peter Okpalaeke, has resigned his appointment. Paulinus Ezeokafor described it as ‘pleasant surprises.’ Okpaleke is from Anambra State, which borders Imo to the north. The Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, Mbaise has given reasons for its decision to ban the Canaaland Adoration Ministry popularly known as ‘E – Dey Work ‘ founded by Rev Fr. THE WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE IS AN INDIGENE OF MBAISE AND AN UNAPOLOGETIC CATHOLIC FAITHFUL. I do hope the site serves your needs during this visit. Fr David Iheanacho on the proscription of the ministry, it noted that Fr. When he was eight years old, his father died and he was first entrusted to the care of St. Severinus. Pope Francis has warned the Nigerian Diocese of Ahiara that if they do not accept their bishop, they will be suspended a divinis. I have spoken with many Mbaise clergy and laity and other Igbo Catholics on this matter and the issues involved run very deep with so much passion. The Dispatch Canonical observations concerning the Diocese of Ahiara June 12, 2017 Edward N. Peters 7. The Bishop of the crisis-ridden Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, most Reverend Peter Okpalaeke has reportedly resigned his appointment without disclosing the cause for the resignation letter which he tendered to the Vatican. Facebook. Ahiara is in Mbaise, a predominantly Catholic region of Imo State in southern Nigeria. General Information. TAGS; Awka; Bishop; Catholic; Share. Latest; Trending; Priest Worried Over Ahiara Diocese’s Disobedience To Pope. Catholic priest, Rev. The Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces have expressed high hopes in resolving the Ahiara crisis which arose from the opposition of the Mbaise people over the appointment of a non-indigene, Most Rev. A sly attack on the bond of brotherhood that binds not only Catholics together but Igbo... 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