Umuahia, 01 November, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Michael Kalu Ukpong, the Auxiliary Bishop of Umuahia Diocese in Nigeria since July 2020, is set to shepherd the Nigerian Catholic Diocese.
Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Kalu was made public on Tuesday, November 1 by the Holy See Press Office.
The Catholic Diocese of Umuahia has been vacant since March 2022 when the then Local Ordinary, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, was transferred to Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese. Archbishop Ugorji had been at the helm of Umuahia Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in July 1990.
Born in December 1964 in Umuahia Diocese, Bishop Kalu was ordained a Priest for the same Episcopal See in August 1993.
The alumnus of the Wisdom Major Seminary in Owerri and the St. Joseph Major Seminary in Ikot Ekpene studied Canon Law at the Klaus-Mörsdorf-Institut für Kanonistik of the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich, Germany, and has a Doctorate in Theology from the Universität von Regensburg in Regensburg.