Msgr. Basil Onwuasomba
Rev. Fr. Anthony Asoanya
Rev. Fr. Patrick Omutah
Episcopal Vicars :
Rev. Fr. Jude Mgbobukwa (Onitsha)
Rev. Fr. Francis Igboanugo (Aguleri)
Rev. Fr. Josephat Nzekwesi (Igbariam)
Rev. Fr. Theophilus Odukwe (Dunukofia)
Rev. Fr. John Anosike (Nnobi)
Rev. Fr. Nicholas Akwanya (Civil Servants)
Rev. Fr. Jude B. Oboshi (Religious)
Patrick Chudi Okafor (U.S.A./Canada).
Secretary to the Archbishop:
Rev. Fr. Anthony Ezeugo
Assistant Secretary to the Archbishop:
Rev. Fr. Basil Okelu
Sir Samuel Obidile KSS & Br Goodnews Iwuoha BSS
Financial Administrator :
Rev. Fr. Philip
Rev. Fr. Remigius Ikeche
Adviser Political/Economic Matters :
Dr. Obiora Okonkwo
P.O. Box 411,
Onitsha. Anambra State.
Most Rev. Valerian M. Okeke
Coat of Arms
of Archbishop V.M. Okeke
His motto is taken from the Gospel of St.
John 10,10 - «Ego veni ut vitam habeant et abundantius habeant» (I
have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.)
Born: 20 October, 1953
Primary Education: 1959-1966 at St. Anthony's Catholic School,
Umudioka, and St. Gabriel's Catholic School, Ifitedunu.
Secondary Education: Christ the King College, Onitsha (1967). His education was interrupted by a civil war in Nigeria (1967-1970). Through the inspiration of then Mons. Emmanuel Otteh (now Bishop of
Issele-Uku) he became interested in becoming a Priest. Consequently he entered All Hallows' Seminary, Onitsha (1970-1973) and completed at Colliery Comprehensive Secondary School, Enugu (1974).
Post Secondary Education: Philosophical Studies - 1975 - 1977, and Theological Studies - 1977 - 1981, at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu and Ikot Ekpene respectively.
Priestly Ordination: July 11, 1981 by Most Rev. (now Cardinal) Francis Arinze, then Archbishop of
Pastoral Experience: Assistant Priest of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha (1981 - 1982), Parish Priest of Umuoji (1983 - 1986).
Further Studies: Moral Theology at Alfonsianum, Rome (1986 - 1991). He holds a doctorate degree in Moral Theology.
Teaching Ministry: From 1991 till his appointment as the Co-adjutor Archbishop he taught Moral Theology and Ethics at Bigard Memorial Seminary
Enugu. He was the Rector from 1996 to 2002.
Episcopal Ministry: Consecrated coadjutor Archbishop at Onitsha on 9 February 2002 by then Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla. Took over the metropolitan see of Onitsha on 1 September 2003.
(L-R) Bishop Joseph Shanahan (1920-1931)
Archbishop Charles Heerey (1931-1967)
(L-R) Francis Cardinal Arinze (1967-1985)
Archbishop Stephen Ezeanya (1985-1995)
Archbishop Albert Obiefuna (1995-2003)
Archbishop Valerian Okeke (2003- )