The Catholic faithful of Onitsha Archdiocese are eagerly anticipating the upcoming celebration of Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke’s 42nd anniversary of his priestly ordination on July 11, 2023. This significant milestone highlights the extraordinary dedication and service of Archbishop Okeke to his flock and the Church in Onitsha as a whole.
Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke, a native of Umudioka in Anambra State, was ordained as a priest on July 11, 1981. Since then, he has devoted his life to the service of God and his people, becoming a beacon of faith, hope, and love in the Onitsha Archdiocese.
Throughout his four decades of priestly ministry, Archbishop Okeke has exhibited exemplary leadership and an unwavering commitment to his pastoral duties. His charismatic personality, coupled with his deep spirituality, has endeared him to the faithful, both young and old. He has been a father figure, a guide, and a source of inspiration to countless individuals within the archdiocese.
Under his compassionate guidance, Onitsha Archdiocese has witnessed remarkable growth and development. Archbishop Okeke has actively worked towards enhancing the spiritual, educational, and social welfare of the people. His initiatives have included the establishment of schools, healthcare facilities, and various charitable organizations, all aimed at uplifting the lives of those in need.
Moreover, Archbishop Okeke’s fervent dedication to interfaith dialogue and community outreach has fostered greater unity and understanding among different religious communities within the archdiocese. His efforts to promote peace and harmony have received widespread recognition, both locally and internationally.
As the celebrations for his 42nd priestly anniversary approach, Archbishop Valerian Okeke has sought solitude in his spiritual retreat and other soul nourishing exercises.
The 42nd anniversary celebration of Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke’s priestly ordination is not only a joyous occasion for the Onitsha Archdiocese but a testament to the profound impact of a life dedicated to serving God and his people. As the faithful gather to honor their beloved shepherd, they do so with deep admiration and heartfelt appreciation for his extraordinary ministry and unwavering faith.