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…As priests’ posting takes off February 17

A total of four priests of the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese have been appointed to serve as new Episcopal Zonal Vicars in the Archdiocese. The priests are Rev. Frs. Stephen Egwim – Zone 1 Emekuku, Gerard Onyekwere – Zone 2 Mbutu Okohia, Ishmael Iwuala – Zone 8 AmakohiaIkeduru and Raymond Onuoha – Zone 11 Obibiezena.

The latest posting was contained in this year’s Archdiocesan priests’ transfer list, signed by the Archdiocesan chief shepherd, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna and was released on Wednesday February 5.

The priests who were also posted as parish priests of the respective zonal headquarters are joined in the Archdiocesan key function list by director of the Archdiocesan Education Commission as well as the Archdiocesan Liturgist.

The two functions, which were hitherto held by the now Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Moses Chikwe and the newly appointed Bishop of Aba Diocese, Msgr. Augustine Echema, according to the posting, would be respectively handled by Rev. Frs. Bethrand Ujunwa and Paschal Mbagwu.

For St. Peter Clever Minor Seminary Okpala, Rev. Fr. Henry Ajaero was posted as new rector, to be assisted by Rev. Frs. Malachy Ukaonu and Julian Ekechi.

Aside these major postings, the list also indicates that a good number of other Archdiocesan priests are active in the transfer movement. The over 50 affected other priests, whose primary assignments range from parish priests to chaplains, principals of schools to heads and directors of institutions are expected to officially kick off their missions in the various new places of postings on Monday February 17.

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