By Ononye VC
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,most Rev Valerian Okeke is set to ordain 16 new priests on Saturday July 8 2023 to join the growing number of the presbyterium in the Archdiocese.
The ordination will take place at the Basilica of the most Holy Trinity,Onitsha.
Record of the planned ordination made available to Trinitas as at press time,showed that the 16 Reverends billed for ordination came from various local government areas under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha.
The record showed that Awka-Etiti, Eziowelle,Nnobi and Onitsha have two candidates each while other towns like Oraukwu,Ojoto,Abatete,Nkpor-agu and Uke have one candidate each.
In thesame vein,Umunnachi,Ezinifite and Ideani towns have one candidate each.
Names of the candidates released for ordination are,Rev Sylvester Chisom Afudoh,from Oraukwu,Rev Peter Ifeanyichukwu Areh (Onitsha)Rev Jude Ugochukwu Ezeji (Ojoto) and Rev Arinzechukwu Valentine Ezumezu (Abatete).
On the list also are Rev Anthony Ikegbunam (Eziowelle),Rev Kingsley Chukwuebuka Jibuaku (Eziowelle)Rev Joseph Okechukwu Nnanyelugo (Nnobi),Rev Remigius Nwangwu (Nkpor-agu) and Rev Emmanuel Ifeanyichukwu Nwankwo (Uke).
Others are Rev Aloysius Okeke (Nnobi),Rev Chukwubuikem Okongwuigwe (Umunnachi),Rev Charles Chibueze Okonkwo (Ezinifite) and Rev Michael Chukwuemeka Okosa(Ideani).
Rev Henry Onyebuchi Osakwe (Onitsha),Rev Emmanuel Tobechukwu Oyi (Awka-Etiti) and Rev Francis Mary Chinechelum Udeaja (Awka-Etiti).
The Onitsha Archdiocesan Chancellor,Very Rev Fr Dr Emeka Aroh said everything has been put in motion to make the ordination hitch-free.