The Holy Father has appointed as auxiliary of the diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Michael Kalu Ukpong of the clergy of Umuahia, currently chancellor of the same diocese and parish priest of Saint Theresa’s parish, assigning him the titular Igilgili.

Fr. Michael Kalu Ukpong was born on 15 December 1964 in Amaekpu Ohafia, in the diocese of Umuahia. He attended the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary in Ahiaeke (1978-1984). He carried out his studies in philosophy at the Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary in Owerri (1985-1993) and in theology at the Saint Joseph Major Seminary in Ikot Ekpene (1989-1993).  He studied canon law at the Klaus-Mörsdorf-Institut für Kanonistik at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich (2006-2007) and then theology at the University of Regensburg, where he was awarded a doctorate 2008-2014).

He was ordained a priest on 7 August 1993 for the clergy of the diocese of Umuahia.

Since priestly ordination he has held the following offices: parish vicar at Saint Finbarr’s parish in Umuahia (1993-1994); secretary to the bishop of Umuahia (1994-1996); parish priest ad item at Saint John’s parish (1996-1999); editor of the Lumen Newspaper, of the diocese of Umuahia (1999-2001); and chaplain at the Christ the King Chaplaincy in Umudike (2001-2003). From 2004 to 2014 he carried out his higher studies in Germany, also serving as parish vicar of Saint Joseph’s parish in Reinhausen in the diocese of Regensburg, Germany (2008-2011); parish vicar of the Assumption parish in Ascholtshausen, diocese of Regensburg, Germany (2011-2013); parish vicar of the Berathausen-Pfraundorf parish unit, diocese of Regensburg, Germany (2013-2016); head of the Coronata Secondary School in Asaga Ohafia (2016-2018); and chancellor of the diocese of Umuahia and parish priest of Saint Theresa’s parish in Umuahia (since 2018).

Hearty congratulations to the new Bishop and the local church of Umuahia.

Source: Vatican News

3 replies
    • admin
      admin says:

      When Auxiliary or Co-adjutor bishops are appointed, they are given a titular diocese, that is, they are given the title of bishop in a diocese in another part of the world that no longer exists. The diocese may have been suppressed or may have been merged with another diocese, of the Catholic faith may have been overthrown there. The idea is to keep the memory of such a diocese alive. Igilgili is the name of a defunct diocese in Algeria.

      • Austine
        Austine says:

        Wow. Thank you for this explanation. Haven’t heard of this before. Thank you for the exposure and Congratulations to our titular Bishop. May God strengthen him as he labours in his vineyard


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