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In an announcement received by the office of RECOWACERAO NEWS AGENCY (RECONA), the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi as Bishop of the Ahiara Diocese in Nigeria. This appointment marks a significant milestone for the Catholic Church in the region, bringing dynamic leadership and renewed vision to this ecclesial community.

Born on March 25, 1960, in Eziama Oparanadim Ekwereazu, within the Ahiara Diocese, Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi has a long history of devoted service to the Church. After joining the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians), he pursued his studies in philosophy at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy in Maryland, Nedeke, and theology at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 21, 1990, following his perpetual profession on September 11, 1988.

His academic qualifications include a postgraduate diploma in public administration from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, a bachelor’s degree in missiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a master’s degree in public administration from the National Open University of Nigeria.

Over the years, Bishop Nwobi has held various positions within the Church, including serving as parish priest at St. Anthony’s Parish in Igbo-Ora, economist at Claretian Theology in Enugu, director of the Department of Spirituality at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy in Maryland, Nedeke, professor at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, prefect of apostolate at the Claretian provincial curia in New Owerri, and parish priest at St. Paul’s in Nekede. Additionally, he assumed the role of provincial of the Eastern Province of the Claretian Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Nigeria from 2010 to 2022.

His appointment as titular bishop of Rusgunie and auxiliary bishop of the apostolic administrator sede vacante of Ahiara in October 2023 was followed by his episcopal consecration on December 19 of the same year. This new responsibility attests to the trust placed in him by the Holy Father and his ability to guide and serve the Catholic community in the Ahiara Diocese.