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Arrangements have been concluded for the episcopal consecration of the bishop-elect of Aba Diocese, Monsignor Augustine Ndubueze Echema on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

A release by the organizing committee said the Episcopal consecration and installation starts at 10am at Christ the King Cathedral Aba, while reception takes place immediately after Mass.

The Principal Consecrator is the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Antonio Guido Filipazzi, while His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri and His Grace Most Rev. Fortunatus Nwachukwu, Apostolic Nuncio to Trinidad and Tobago, will be the 1st and 2nd Co-consecrators respectively.

The Abia State Governor, Dr.Okezie Victor Ekpeazu is the special guest of honour while Chief Sir Leo Okoye is the Chairman of the reception.

NCR Aba news correspondent reports that Christ the King Cathedral Aba, venue of the consecration is already wearing a new look, while the faithful are looking forward to the occasion with enthusiasm.

The bishop’s first Episcopal Mass holds on Sunday, February 16 at CKC, Aba at 11am.

The appointment of Msgr. Echema came four years after the death of the former Bishop of Aba Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia who died in Febtuary 2015 after a brief illness. He was consecrated bishop in 1990.

Aba Catholics have continued to hail the appointment of Msgr. Echema as a wise decision taken by Pope Francis.

Born on December 28, 1958 in Ohuhu Nsulu, then Diocese of Umuahia and now of Aba, Msgr. Echema was ordained a priest on August 16, 1986 for Owerri Diocese.

Until his appointment as bishop-elect of Aba, on December 28, 2019, Msgr. Echema was a Professor of Theology at CIWA and Chaplain, Laity Council, Owerri Province.

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