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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Pope Francis appoints Bishop for Umuahia Diocese

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The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed  Msgr. Michael Kalu Ukpong as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia, Abia state.

The appointment was announced in a release by the National Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Fr Mike Umoh, in Abuja. 

With the appointment, Ukpong fills the vacancy created since the elevation of his predecessor, His Grace Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji to the position of Archbishop of Owerri in March, 2022.

Ukpong was born on 15 December 1964 in Amaekpu Ohafia, in the diocese of Umuahia.

He was trained at the “Seat of Wisdom” Major Seminary in Owerri and the St. Joseph Major Seminary in Ikot Ekpene where he carried out his studies in philosophy and theology.

Ukpong was ordained a Catholic priest on  August 7, 1993 for the clergy of the Diocese of Umuahia, and since priestly ordination, had held various positions in the diocese.

They include parish vicar of St. Finbarr's in Umuahia (1993-1994); Secretary of the Bishop of Umuahia (1994-1996); Parish priest of St. John's a Item (1996-1999). Editor of the Lumen Newspaper of the Diocese of Umuahia (1999-2001); Chaplain of Christ the King Chaplaincy in Umudike (2001-2003).

He was also the parish vicar of St. Joseph's in Reinhausen (2008-2011), of the Assumption in Ascholtshausen (2011-2013) and in the Berathausen-Pfraundorf Parish Unit (2013-2016) in the Diocese of Regensburg, Germany.

From 2016-2018, he was the Dean of Coronata Secondary School in Asaga Ohafia (2016-2018).

Shortly afterwards, he served as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Umuahia and parish priest of St. Theresa's in Umuahia (2018-2020).

From 2004-2007, he studied Canon Law at the Klaus-Mörsdorf-Institut für Kanonistik of the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. 

Ukpong subsequently obtained a Doctorate in Theology at the Universität von Regensburg in Regensburg (2008-2014).

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