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On October 20, 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, elevated eight priests of Catholic Diocese of Awka to the status of papal chamberlains otherwise known as monsignors. Ahead of their investiture which will come up on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka, Fides Reporter, Avert / Public Relations Manager, Ifeoma Ezenyilimba, presents to you, the brief profiles of  these monsignors, who were given the elevation in recognition of their fidelity, loyalty to the Pope and contributions to the growth of the church.
Very Rev Msgr. Martin Chukwubunna Ezeokoli (You See)


Very Reverend Monsignor Martin Chukwubunna Ezeokoli, fondly known as “You See”, hails from Nkpologwu in Aguata L.G.A of Anambra State and was ordained a Catholic priest by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze on Sunday, April 17, 1977. He was the 100th priest of the old Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese and the first indigenous priest of his home town, Nkpologwu, historically, he was also ordained in his town. Msgr. Ezeokoli is 39 years a Catholic priest.
His Pastoral Duties and other Positions held included:
·    1977-1979- Vicar, Akpu Catholic Parish. After which he did his postgraduate studies with a doctorate programme at Pontifical Salesian University, Rome
·    1985-2015- Founding Chaplain, St Augustine's Catholic Chaplaincy, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State.
·    1986-1987- Parish Priest, St Peter's Catholic Parish, Oko.
·    2014-Date- Priest in-Residence, Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Parish, Isuofia, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    Founder and Director, Nwannedinamba Socio-Educational Initiative in favour of the Less Privileged in Nigeria.

Very Rev Msgr. Mark Chibuike Ezeamaechi (Ebube Chukwu Enyeghi)

 

Very Reverend Monsignor Mark Chibuike Ezeamaechi fondly known as “Ebube Chukwu Enyeghi” hails from Awgbu in Orumba North L.G.A of Anambra State. He was ordained a Catholic priest by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze at the present Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha on Tuesday, April 15, 1975 as the first indigenous priest of his home town, Awgbu. Msgr. Ezeamaechi is currently the Dean of Nimo Catholic Deanery. He is 41 years a Catholic priest.

His Pastoral Duties included:
·    1975-1977- Curate, St Augustine's Catholic Parish, Umuoba Anam, Otuocha L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1977-1978- Curate, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Igbo-Ukwu, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1978-1979- Parish Priest, St Gabriel's Catholic Parish, Ifite-Ukpo (now, Ifitedunu), Dunukofia L.G.A, Anambra State. After which he went to UNN from 1979-1983, and graduated with B.Sc in Geography.
·    1983-1985- Parish Priest, St Matthew's Catholic Parish, Amawbia, Awka South L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1985-1990- Parish Priest, St Paul's Catholic Parish, Akpo, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1990-1991- Parish Priest, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish, Uga, Aguata L.G.A.
·    1991-1996- Parish Priest, St Patrick's Catholic Parish, Agulu, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1996-2002- Parish Priest, St Michael's Parish, Nkpologwu, Aguata L.G.A.
·    2002-2008- Parish Priest, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Igbo-Ukwu, Aguata L.G.A (2nd missionary journey).
·    2008-2014- Parish Priest, St Mary's Eucharistic Parish, Nri, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2014-Date- Parish Priest, Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Parish, Nimo, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2008-2014- Chaplain, Catholic Women's Organisation (C.W.O), Awka Diocese.
·    1985-1991- Dean, Old Achina Catholic Deanery.
·    2002-2008- Dean, Old Igbo-Ukwu Catholic Deanery.
·    2014-Date- Dean, Nimo Catholic Deanery.
·    Till Date- Member, Awka Diocesan Presbyterian Council.
Very Rev Msgr. John Ezeanyika


Very Reverend Monsignor John Ezeanyika hails from Umuoru Village, Uga in Aguata L.G.A of Anambra State. He was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop Albert Kanenechukwu Obiefuna (of blessed memory) at St Anthony's Catholic Church, Nanka, Orumba North LGA, Anambra State on Saturday, July 5, 1980. He is 36 years a Catholic priest and currently, the Dean of Enugwu-Ukwu Catholic Deanery.

His Pastoral Duties Included:
·    1980-1981- Assistant Cathedral Administrator, St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka (Bishop's House).
·    1981-1984- Parish Priest, Madonna Assumpta Catholic Parish, Agulu, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1989-2006- Formator, St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha, Awka Diocese.
·    1999-2006- Rector, St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha, Awka Diocese.
·    2006-2012- Parish Priest, St Theresa's Parish, Awgbu, Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2012-Date- Parish Priest, St Francis' Catholic Parish, Enugwu-Ukwu, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2006-2012- Chaplain, Catholic Men's Organisation (C.M.O), Awka Diocese.
·    2011-2012- Dean, Awgbu Catholic Deanery.
·    2014-Date- Dean, Enugwu-Ukwu Catholic Deanery.

Very Rev Msgr. Simon Uchenna Amateze, BD, STL, DD, JP

Very Reverend Monsignor Simon Uchenna Amateze hails from Ngodo Village, Nise in Awka South L.G.A of Anambra State and was ordained as the first indigenous Catholic priest of Nise in 1974. He is 42 years a Catholic priest.

His Pastoral Duties Included:
·    1974- Parish Vicar, Umuoba-Anam Catholic Parish (including Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Nsugbe and Nmiata), Anambra State.
·    1975- Parish Priest, Nnokwa Catholic Parish (including Awka-Etiti and Alor), Idemili LGA, Anambra State.
·    1976-1982- Formator, St Joseph's Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
·    1982- Pioneer Parish Priest, St Peter's Catholic Parish, Ugwoba, Oji River LGA, Enugu State.
·    1983- Parish Priest, St Andrew's Catholic Parish, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State. After he went for further studies in Perugia, Germany and Urbanian University, Rome (1984-1988)
·    1988-1989- Parish Priest, St Andrew's Catholic Parish, Adazi-Nnukwu (2nd missionary journey).
·    1989-2001- Formator, Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Ulakwo, Owerri, Imo State.
·    2001-2004- Vicar, Kaplan, Gauting-Munchen
·    2004-2010- Parish Priest, St Michael's Catholic Parish, Akwaeze, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2011-Date- Parish Priest, St Simon's Catholic Parish, Ukpo, Dunukofia L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    Msgr. Amateze is a member of Board of Examiners, Catholic Diocese of Awka.

Very Rev Msgr. Bernard K. Nwakonobi (Kobis)


Very Reverend Monsignor Bernard K. Nwakonobi (Kobis) hails from Awba Ofemili in Awka North L.G.A of Anambra State. He was ordained a Catholic priest on Saturday, November 18, 1978. He is 38 years a Catholic priest.

His Pastoral Duties Included:
·    1978-1979- Formator, St Paul's Minor Seminary, Ukpor, Anambra State.
·    1979-1981- Parish Priest, Holy Name Catholic Parish, Umuchu, Aguata L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1981-1984- Parish Priest, St Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Achina, Aguata LGA, Anambra State.
·    1984-1987- Parish Priest, St Patrick's Catholic Parish, Aguluzigbo, Anaocha L.G.A, Anambra State. After which he went for further studies in CIWA, Port Harcourt (19787-1989)
·    1989-1994- Formator, St Joseph's Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.
·    1999-2001- Parish Priest, St Paul's Catholic Parish, Obeledu, Anaocha LGA.
·    2001-2006- Parish Priest, St Mary's Parish, Ufuma, Orumba North L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2006-2012- Parish Priest, St Theresa's Parish, Mbaukwu, Awka South L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2012-Date- Parish Priest, St Vincent's Parish, Nimo, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1998-2000- Dean, Neni Catholic Deanery.
·    2001-2006- Chaplain, C.W.O Akpu Deanery.
·    2001-2006- Chairman, Board of Governors, Madonna Girls' Secondary School, Umunze, Orumba South L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    2001-Date- Member, Awka Diocesan Examination Board.
·    2008-2011- Dean, Agulu Catholic Deanery.

Very Rev. Msgr. Luke N. Anameze

Very Reverend Monsignor Luke N. Anameze hails from Enugu-Agidi in Njikoka L.G.A of Anambra State. He was ordained a Catholic priest in his home town, Enugu Agidi on Friday, July 18, 1980. He has served most of his 36 years a Catholic priest as a teacher and educational administrator.

His Pastoral Duties Included:
·     1980-1982 & 1984-1985- Formator, St Dominic Savio Sminary, Akpu, Awka Diocese, Anambra State.
·    1982-1984- Formator, St Kizito Seminary College, Idah, Kogi State.
·    1987-1990- Formator, St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha. After which he went for further studies at UNN (1990-1993).
·    1993-2005- Chief Chaplain, Christ the King Chaplaincy, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State.
·    2009-2010- Parish Priest, St Patrick's Catholic Parish, Nawfija, Orumba South L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1994-2014- Lecturer at Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State.
·    2014-Date- Parish Priest, Holy Name Catholic Parish, Umuchu, Aguata LGA, Anambra State
·    2009-2014- Dean, Umunze Catholic Deanery.
·    2014-Date- Dean, Umuchu Catholic Deanery.

Very Rev Msgr. Sylvester Mgbemfulu

Very Reverend Monsignor Sylvester Mgbemfulu hails from Ugbene in Awka South L.G.A of Anambra State. He was ordained a Catholic priest by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze at the present Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha on Saturday, April 20, 1974. He is 42 years a Catholic priest.

His Pastoral Duties Included:
·    1974-1975- Assistant Parish Priest, St Mary's Catholic Church, Inland Town, Onitsha, Anambra State.
·    1975-1977- Rector, St Paul's Seminary, Ukpor, Anambra State. After which he went for further studies at UNN and graduated with honours in Education Chemistry (1977-1981).
·    1982- Assistant Cathedral Administrator, St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, Awka, Anambra State.
·     1982-1983- Pioneer Rector, St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha, Awka Diocese, Anambra State.
·    1982-Date- Formator, St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha.
·    1982-1984- Quasi Parish Priest, Isuaniocha, Urum and Amanuke Catholic Outstations.
·    1983-1985- Chaplain, Mary League Girls Association, Awka Diocese.
·    1991-1993- Parish Priest, St Joseph of the Holy Family Church, Manhattan.
·    1994-Date- Spiritual Director, St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha.
·    2001-2002- Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Mt. Vernon, NY, USA.
·    2009-2010- Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Mt. Vernon, NY, USA.
·    1990, 1993-1994- Member, Seminary Commission, Awka Diocese.
·    1995- Chairman, Ugbene Committee on Ezu Ugbene/ Amanuke Bridge Project.

Very Rev. Msgr. Jeremiah Patrick Chukwunedum  Ikegbusi

Very Reverend Monsignor Jeremiah Patrick Chukwunedum  Ikegbusi hails from Agulu in Anaocha L.G.A Anambra State. He was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop Albert Kanenechukwu Obiefuna (of blessed memory) on Saturday, July 8, 1978. He is 42 years a Catholic priest.

His Pastoral Duties Included:

·    1978-1983- Parish Priest of Assumption Catholic Parish, Nimo, Njikoka L.G.A, Anambra State.
·    1983-1984- Rector, St. Dominic Savio Seminary, Akpu, Awka Diocese
·    1978-1980- Chaplain, Young Catholic Students, Awka Diocese.
·    1980-1984 Chaplain, Block Rosary / Blue Army Crusade, Awka Diocese
·    1980 - 1984 Secretary, to Pastoral Committee, Awka Diocese.
·    1980-1984 Assistant Vocation Director, Awka Catholic Diocese. After which he went for further studies in Germany (1984-1990).
·    1990 - Vicar, St. Andrew's Catholic Parish, Adazi- Nnukwu.
·    1990-1995- Rector, St. John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha.
·    1990 - 1996 Vocation Director, Awka Catholic Diocese.
·    1990 - 1996 Consultor to the Bishop
·    1995 – 2001- Parish Priest, St. Mary's Catholic Parish, Awka.
·    1997 – 2001- Chaplain, C.W.O Awka Deanery.
·    1997 – 2001- Confessor to the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. John of God Convent, Awka and Seminarians of Pope John Paul II Major Seminary Okpuno, Awka.
·    2001-2014- Parish Priest, St. Cyriacus in Weeze Parish, Germany.
·     2014- Date- Spiritual Director, St. Dominic Savio Seminary, Akpu, Awka Diocese.

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