NAME OF DIOCESE
ERECTION DATES
CATEGORY
PICTURE OF BISHOP
LEADERSHIP (Bishop's Profile)

William Amove Avenya from Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gboko in the Ecclesiastical province of Abuja in Nigeria. Avenya is the first Bishop of the diocese since its creation on 29 December 2012. Wikipedia
Born: 21 June 1955 (age 65 years)
Diocese: Roman Catholic Diocese of Gboko
Reference style: The Most Reverend
Spoken style: Excellency

ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE
Ecclesiastical Province of Abuja
STATISTICS OF DIOCESE

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS
Vicar General:
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu Email:[email protected] Tel No: 08036455417
Chancellor:
Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu
Email: [email protected]
Tel. No: 08062858752
Vicar Pastoral:
Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba
Tel. No: 08060234449
Vicar Religious:
Rev. Fr. Edward Atel CSSp. Email: [email protected]
Tel. No: 08065644608
Judicial Vicar:
Fr. Richard Tule
Email: [email protected]
Tel. No: 08181618497
Notary:
Rev. Fr. Bernard Achaku
Email:[email protected]
Tel No: 08032939807.
Rev. Fr. Clement Apeior
Email: [email protected]
Tel No: 08032619129
Consultors
Vicar General:
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu
Chancellor: Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu
Vicar Religious: Rev. Fr. Edward Atel CSSp.
Vicar Pastoral: Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba
Rev. Fr. Francis Wegh
Rev. Fr. Henry Akaabiam
Rev. Fr. Titus Ashwe
Rev. Fr. Joseph Agbecha
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Doki
Rev. Fr. David Agu
Rev. Fr. Linus Huabo
Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende
Finance Council
Most Rev. William Avenya
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu
Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu
Rev. Fr. Moses Buter
Chief. Raymond Ihyembe
Mr. Andrew Ayabam
Mrs. Hilda Gever
Lady. Philomena Agum
Sr. Gloria Wilson EHJ
Priests’ Council
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Doki
Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende
Rev. Fr. Isaiah Ter
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu
Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu
Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba
Rev. Fr. Titus Ashwe Rev. Fr. Joseph Agbecha
Rev. Fr. David Agu Rev. Fr. Linus Huabo
Rev. Fr. Edward Atel Rev. Fr. Pius Uzaan
Rev. Fr. Andrew Adaga Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo Rev. Fr. Augustine Igbum Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Asue Rev. Fr. Lawrence Adudu Rev. Fr. Vincent Ikyobo Rev. Fr. Moses Shawon Rev. Fr. Daniel Akpoughul Rev. Fr. Gerald Ayua
Rev. Fr. Gabriel Achiaga Rev. Fr. Theophilus Osugh
Opus Securitatis Commission
Rev. Fr. Richard Tule Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu
Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu
Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende Dr. Helen Jekelle Mrs. Scholastica Dim
Vocations Team
Rev. Fr. Richard Mngbanngun Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo Rev. Fr. Andrew Igbana
Projects Committee
Most Rev. William Avenya Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ada Arch. Emmanuel Tumba Arch/Surveyor Ausbert Ikyoive Engr. Dominic Akpagher Engr. Bartholomew Hundu Mr. Stephen Aende
Board Of Governors On Health
Most Rev. William Avenya
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu
Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu
Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo
Sr. Benedicta Namakaa
Bar. Bernard Hon
Dr. Jeff Torough
Mr. Moses Amaechi
Mrs. Rachael Reaman
Mrs. Elizabeth Aker
DIRECTORS
Director of vocations:
Rev. Fr. Richard Mgbanngun
Email: [email protected]
Tel No: 08065351208
Director, Pontifical Mission
Societies (PMS):
Rev. Fr. Timothy Anom
Email: [email protected]
Tel No: 07038159125
Director, Catholic Education
Services:
Rev. Fr. Augustine Igbum
Email [email protected]
Tel No 08038721551
Assistant Director, Catholic
Education Services:
Rev. Fr. Andrew Igbana
Email: [email protected]
Tel No: 07058105075
Director, Caritas Gboko:
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Asue
Email:[email protected]
Tel No: 07082786126, 08068357708.
Director, Resource Centre:
Rev. Fr. Raphael Usaka
Email: [email protected]
Tel. No: 07082786126, 08068357708
Health Coordinator:
Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo
Email:[email protected]
Tel No:08039396913
Director of Projects:
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ada
Email; [email protected]
Tel No. 08126821975
Finance Administrator:
Rev. Fr. Moses Buter
Email:[email protected]
Tel No.08066344446
President: Indegenous Clergy
Rev. Fr. Michael Buter
Tel No 08022732210
Laity Council:
Mr. Isaac Hon
Tel. No: 0808090922
Catholic Women Organization (CWO)
Mrs. Victoria Gyado
Tel. No: 07035179276
PARISHES
1. Iyol I Kristu Parish, Abwa.
2. St. Joseph the Worker’s
Parish, Tyowanye.
3. St. Ann’s Parish, Adikpo.
4. Holy Trinity Parish, Dagba.
5. St. Patrick’s Parish, Use
-Ushongo.
6. St. Martin’s Parish, Mbape.
7. St. Lucy’s Parish, Awajir.
8. St. Veronica’s Parish, Agidi.
9. St. John the Baptist
Cathedral, Gboko.
10. St. Thomas’ Parish, Gboko
-South.
11. St. Francis’ Parish, Gboko -East.
12. St. Peter’s Parish, Mkar.
13. St. Gabriel’s Parish, Nyamor.
14. St. Theresa’s Parish, Rice -Mill.
15. St. Paul’s Parish, Parish Kontien.
16. St. Michael’s Parish, Jato -Aka.
17. St. Paul’s Parish, Ikyogen.
18. St. Joseph’s Parish, Korinya.
19. St. Winifred Parish, Ihugh.
20. St. Gabriel’s Parish, Tse Agberagba.
21. St. Stephen’s Parish, Lessel.
22. St. Agatha’s Parish, Wajir.
23. St. Edward’s Parish, Ugah.
24. St. Christopher’s Parish Wannune.
25. St. James’ Parish Yandev.
26. St. Peter’s Parish, Buruku.
27. St. Francis Parish Tse-kucha.
28. Christ the King’s Parish, Vandeikya.
29. St. Jude’s Parish, Koti-Yough.
30. St. Simon’s Parish, Tsar.

HISTORY OF DIOCESE

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DIOCESE
O
n 29th December, 2012, the Holy See announced the creation of Gboko Diocese by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. The territory of the diocese covers 10,692 square kilometres, with a total population of 1,594,282. Catholics in the diocese are 708,641, representing 53.1% of the total population. There are thirty parishes, twenty-eight quasi parishes and one Chaplaincy (fifty-nine in all). The diocese shares boundaries with Makurdi Local Government of Benue State on the North; Cameroon Republic on the North East and Ogoja Local Government of Cross River State on the South-East. Currently, the diocese has One Hundred and Sixty-six indigenous priests, including the Bishop, Eight deacons, One Hundred and Thirty-two Senior Seminarians, and Three Hundred and Eighty Junior Seminarians. Seven Male Religious (including one expatriate missionary) and Twenty-three female Religious are currently serving in the diocese.
Gboko town is the seat of the diocese and also the traditional headquarters of the Tiv people and nation. There are seven Local government areas covered by the diocese, namely, Buruku, Gboko, Konshisha, Kwande, Ushongo, Tarka and Vandeikya. The territory is basically rural but all headquarters of the Local Government Areas and other places may be classified as towns.
The area under the jurisdiction of the diocese was part of the former Apostolic Prefecture of the lower Niger. Fr. Alexander Leon Lejeune, C.S.Sp, who
succeeded Fr. Rene Pawlas, C.S.Sp as Apostolic Prefect is believed to be the first to make contacts with the Tiv people. After the death of Fr. Lejeune in 1905, the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples (Propaganda Fidei) appointed Fr. Jules Douvry C.S.S.p in 1917 as Administrator for the whole of Cameroon.Fr. Douvry also made exploratory journey among the Tiv people to find out the possibility of establishing a station there but when he travelled to France, he could not return to Nigeria due to ill-health that led to his death in 1924. Before his death, however, he sent a report to Ogoja, expressing hope for the future of the Church among the Tiv people. Fr. Douvry worked together with Fr. Mellet, C.S.Sp. All these priests were French nationals.
On 6th June 1920, Fr. Joseph Shanahan, C.S.Sp, an Irish national working in the Eastern part of Nigeria, was appointed Bishop and made Vicar Apostolic of the New Vicariate of Southern Nigeria. The region under the Vicariate was not only quite vast but also composed of diverse ethnic groups. Accordingly, Bishop Shanahan appealed for Missionaries to assist in proclaiming the Good News in the Vicariate.
Under Bishop J. Shanahan, the evangelizing mission of the church in Southern Nigeria received new impetus. From Calabar, one of the coastal towns through which expatriates, including Missionaries came to Nigeria, priests were sent to settle in Ogoja town.
From Ogoja, the Missionaries evangelized towns like Obudu, Ikom, Kakwagom, and Tiv land. Through the hard work of those missionaries, St. Joseph’s Korinya was erected in 1920. Among the 29 Titulars of Churches and stations listed in a book, St. Joseph’s Korinya (but written Kornya) is number 28. From 1931 onwards Fr. Joseph Kirsten, C.S.Sp was one of the first priests to stay in Korinya. He was eventually appointed Apostolic prefecture in 1936. Within the territory covered by Gboko diocese, therefore, St. Joseph’s Korinya was the first Catholic Church, and it became a parish in 1945. The first Tiv person to be ordained a Catholic Priest in 1970 came from Korinya Parish.
In 1929, Fr. Joseph Soul, C.S.Sp, one of the General Councillors visited the Southern Vicariate, which included Obudu and Tivland. The visit providentially made the Holy Ghost Fathers more determined to evangelize the people of the Lower Benue, where majority were Tiv, Idoma and Igala. Rapid progress in the missionary task in lower Benue was, nevertheless, hampered by cultural differences, language barrier, lack of roads and other challenges.
In 1930, Bishop J. Shanahan negotiated with the German Providential of the Holy Ghost Fathers to send their members to work in the prefecture. An agreement to that effect was signed the same year. The German Holy Ghost priests and brothers arrived Nigeria the same year, 1930. In 1934, a Benue Prefecture was created, comprising
Igala, Idoma, Tiv Wukari, Yola and other Northern missions.
In 1959, Monsignor Hagan was made Apostolic Prefect and was ordained Bishop of Makurdi Diocese in 1960. He administered the diocese for six years before he resigned on health grounds. He was succeeded by Bishop Donald Joseph Murray, C.S.Sp in 1966, who served for 20 years and resigned due to ill-health in 1989. In the same year, the Coadjutor, Late Bishop Athanasius A. Usuh succeeded him. Under Bishop Usuh, four other dioceses have been carved out of Makurdi, namely, Otukpo, in 1995, Lafia in 2001, Gboko and Katsina-Ala in 2012.
St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral, the seat of the diocese of Gboko, was as an outstation of Korinya before its establishment as a parish in 1938. Fr. Theodor Strick, C.S.Sp was the pioneer Parish Priest of St. John. Several other missionaries worked in the Parish.
By the determination of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI for effective proclamation of the Good News, the request for the erection of two dioceses by Bishop Usuh, even though considered impossible by many people, became a reality.
Thus, the diocese of Gboko, along with Katsina – Ala Diocese were carved out of Markudi Diocese, and Most Rev. Williams Amore Avenya, who until 2013, was the Auxilary Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, was installed the first Bishop of Gboko Diocese.
STATISTICS AT-A-GLANCE
First Missionaries: Fr. Alexander leone Lejuene CSSp; Fr. Jules Douvry CSSp Population of Diocese: Catholic Population: Indigenous Priests: Deacons: Male Religious: Missionary: Nigerian sisters: Major Seminarians: Minor Seminarians: No of Parishes: No of Quasi Parishes: Chaplaincy:

NAMES OF PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESES AND DATES OF BIRTH / ORDINATION
S/n Name Date Of Ordination Home Parish
1. Most. Rev. William AVENYA 30th May, 1981 St. Lucy’s Parish, Awajir
2. Rev. Fr. Dominic JIR 14th July, 1974 St. Leo’s Rectory, Ikpa-Mbatierev’
3. Rev. Fr. Cornelius AZO 17th Dec, 1975 St. Robert’s Rectory, Gbem
4. Rev. Fr. Peter MALU 14th Dec, 1975 St. Martin’s Parish, Mbape
5. Rev. Fr. Donald AKEGH 18th Dec, 1976 St. Edward’s Parish, Ugah
6. Rev. Fr. Clement MATO 19th Dec, 1976 St. Winifred’s Parish, Ihugh
7. Rev. Fr. Francis WEGH 10th Dec, 1977 St. Stephen’s Parish, Lessel
8. Rev. Fr. Ambrose AMUE 3rd Dec, 1978 St. Ann’s Parish, Adikpo
9. Rev. Fr. Richard TULE 3rd Dec, 1978 Queen of the Holy Rosary Rectory, Iusa.
10. Rev. Fr. Gregory UGAH 3rd Dec, 1978 St Robert’s Rectory, Gbem
11. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel UDUH 15th Dec, 1979 St. Anthony’s Rectory, Chilemo

 

12. Rev. Fr. Francis IBER 24th May,1980
13. Rev. Fr. David AGUH 16th May,1981
14. Rev. Fr. Patrick ALUMUNKU 16th May,1981
15. Rev. Fr. Thomas DEKAA 14th Feb, 1982
16. Rev. Fr. Michael IORLIAM 14th Feb, 1982
17. Rev. Fr. Henry AKAABIAM 28th May, 1983
18. Rev. Fr. Titus ASHWEH 28th May,1983
19. Rev. Fr. Godwin AGBERAGBA 30th June, 1984
20. Rev. Fr. Pius AJIKI 30th June, 1984
21. Rev. Fr. Michael BUTER 10th June, 1984
22. Rev. Fr. Stephen AKANGE 19th July, 1986
23. Rev. Fr. Innocent SHAGHER 19th July 1986
24. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel AKOKODAGA 11th July, 1987
25. Rev. Fr. Peter AGEMA 2nd July, 1988
26. Rev. Fr. Simeon IBER 2nd July, 1988
27. Rev. Fr. Cosmas TSOKAR 15th July, 1989
28. Rev. Fr. Donatus ZUNGWE 15th July, 1989
29. Rev. Fr. Hyacinth ALIA 7th July, 1990
30. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel DOKI 7th July, 1990
31. Rev. Fr. Sebastian AKOUGH 12th Oct, 1991
32. Rev. Fr. Peter ASAN 12th Oct, 1991
33. Rev. Fr. Augustine IGBUM 12th Oct, 1991
34. Rev. Fr. Daniel MELABA 12th Oct, 1991
35. Rev. Fr. Stephen SUEGA 12th Oct, 1991
36. Rev. Fr. Jacob TONDO 12th Oct, 1991
37. Rev. Fr. Gabriel GBERIKON 11th July, 1992
38. Rev. Fr. Thaddeus IKOR 11th July, 1992
39. Rev. Fr. Didacus KAJO 3rd July, 1993
40. Rev. Fr. Joseph AGBECHA 6th Aug, 1994
41. Rev. Fr. Michael BUUL 6th Aug, 1994
42. Rev. Fr. Isaac AJAI 1st July 1995
43. Rev. Fr. Joseph AKAASHIMA 1st July, 1995
44. Rev. Fr. Fidelis AKUME 1st July 1995
45. Rev. Fr. David HANGEIOR 1st July, 1995
46. Rev. Fr. Linus HUABO 1st July 1995
47. Rev. Fr. Titus IGYESE 1st July, 1995
48. Rev. Fr. Titus IMOJIME 1st July, 1995
49. Rev. Fr. Denis KORAYOM 1st July, 1995
50. Rev. Fr. Francis KUSAH 1st July, 1995
51. Rev. Fr. Nathaniel MMA 1st July 1995
52. Rev. Fr. Macellinus SAAONDO 1st July,1995
53. Rev. Fr. Andrew ADAGA 3rd Aug, 1996
54. Rev. Fr. Isaac BATUR 3rd Aug, 1996
55. Rev. Fr. Vincent AHAR 2nd Aug, 1997
56. Rev. Fr. John ASEN 2nd Aug, 1997
57. Rev. Fr. Daniel ASUE 2nd Aug, 1997
58. Rev. Fr. Simon IKPUM 2nd Aug, 1997
59. Rev. Fr. Clement IORLIAM 2nd Aug, 1997
60. Rev. Fr. Celestine AAYONGO 15th Aug, 1998
61. Rev. Fr. Gabriel NGBEA 15th Aug, 1998
62. Rev. Fr. Moses TYOSENDA 15th Aug, 1998
63. Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende 15th Aug, 1998
64. Rev. Fr. Isaac DUGU 21st Oct 2000
65. Rev. Fr. Francis TOR 21st Oct, 2000
66. Rev. Fr. Isaiah TER 18th Aug, 2001
67. Rev. Fr. Moses AGAA 13th July, 2002
68. Rev. Fr. Joseph AHILE 13th July, 2002
69. Rev. Fr. Matthew DZER 13th July 2002
70. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel AGBIASE 9th Aug, 2003
71. Rev. Fr. Fidelis AKUMBUL 9th Aug, 2003
72. Rev. Fr. Timothy ANOM 9th Aug, 2003
73. Rev. Fr. Michael DOGO 9th Aug, 2003
74. Rev. Fr. Robert LAHA 9th Aug, 2003
75. Rev. Fr. George SHENGE 9th Aug, 2003
51. Rev. Fr. Nathaniel MMA 1st July 1995
52. Rev. Fr. Macellinus SAAONDO 1st July,1995
53. Rev. Fr. Andrew ADAGA 3rd Aug, 1996
54. Rev. Fr. Isaac BATUR 3rd Aug, 1996
55. Rev. Fr. Vincent AHAR 2nd Aug, 1997
56. Rev. Fr. John ASEN 2nd Aug, 1997
57. Rev. Fr. Daniel ASUE 2nd Aug, 1997
58. Rev. Fr. Simon IKPUM 2nd Aug, 1997
59. Rev. Fr. Clement IORLIAM 2nd Aug, 1997
60. Rev. Fr. Celestine AAYONGO 15th Aug, 1998
61. Rev. Fr. Gabriel NGBEA 15th Aug, 1998
62. Rev. Fr. Moses TYOSENDA 15th Aug, 1998
63. Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende 15th Aug, 1998
64. Rev. Fr. Isaac DUGU 21st Oct 2000
65. Rev. Fr. Francis TOR 21st Oct, 2000
66. Rev. Fr. Isaiah TER 18th Aug, 2001
67. Rev. Fr. Moses AGAA 13th July, 2002
68. Rev. Fr. Joseph AHILE 13th July, 2002
69. Rev. Fr. Matthew DZER 13th July 2002
70. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel AGBIASE 9th Aug, 2003
71. Rev. Fr. Fidelis AKUMBUL 9th Aug, 2003
72. Rev. Fr. Timothy ANOM 9th Aug, 2003
73. Rev. Fr. Michael DOGO 9th Aug, 2003
74. Rev. Fr. Robert LAHA 9th Aug, 2003
75. Rev. Fr. George SHENGE 9th Aug, 2003
51. Rev. Fr. Nathaniel MMA 1st July 1995
52. Rev. Fr. Macellinus SAAONDO 1st July,1995
53. Rev. Fr. Andrew ADAGA 3rd Aug, 1996
54. Rev. Fr. Isaac BATUR 3rd Aug, 1996
55. Rev. Fr. Vincent AHAR 2nd Aug, 1997
56. Rev. Fr. John ASEN 2nd Aug, 1997
57. Rev. Fr. Daniel ASUE 2nd Aug, 1997
58. Rev. Fr. Simon IKPUM 2nd Aug, 1997
59. Rev. Fr. Clement IORLIAM 2nd Aug, 1997
60. Rev. Fr. Celestine AAYONGO 15th Aug, 1998
61. Rev. Fr. Gabriel NGBEA 15th Aug, 1998
62. Rev. Fr. Moses TYOSENDA 15th Aug, 1998
63. Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende 15th Aug, 1998
64. Rev. Fr. Isaac DUGU 21st Oct 2000
65. Rev. Fr. Francis TOR 21st Oct, 2000
66. Rev. Fr. Isaiah TER 18th Aug, 2001
67. Rev. Fr. Moses AGAA 13th July, 2002
68. Rev. Fr. Joseph AHILE 13th July, 2002
69. Rev. Fr. Matthew DZER 13th July 2002
70. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel AGBIASE 9th Aug, 2003
71. Rev. Fr. Fidelis AKUMBUL 9th Aug, 2003
72. Rev. Fr. Timothy ANOM 9th Aug, 2003
73. Rev. Fr. Michael DOGO 9th Aug, 2003
74. Rev. Fr. Robert LAHA 9th Aug, 2003
75. Rev. Fr. George SHENGE 9th Aug, 2003

 

PRIESTS ON STUDIES

PRIESTS ON STUDIES WITHIN NIGERIA
S/N NAME
1. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel IJEH
2. Rev. Fr. Ignatius HIM
3. Rev. Fr. Godwin OMANGA
4. Rev. Fr. Victor Nyam
5. Rev. Fr. Gerald AYUANTI
6. Rev. Fr. Timothy ANOM
7. Rev. Fr. Innocent JANDE
8. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel ADA
PRIESTS WORKING IN OTHER DIOCESE S/N NAME
1. Rev. Fr. Solomon MENGER
2. Rev. Fr. Moses TYOSENDA
3. Rev. Fr. Benjamin VESUWE
4. Rev. Fr. Isaac AJAI
5. Rev. Fr. Samuel FILA Katsina-Ala Diocese
6. Rev. Fr. Fidelis AKUMBUL Katsina-Ala Diocese
7. Rev. Fr. Francis IBER Katsina-Ala Diocese
8. Rev. Fr. Barnabas NYAM Katsina-Ala Diocese
9. Rev. Fr. Stephen IORTYER Katsina-Ala Diocese
10. Rev. Fr. Michael BUUL Katsina-Ala Diocese
11. Rev. Fr. Francis TOR Katsina-Ala Diocese
12. Rev. Fr. Joseph HON Katsina-Ala Diocese
13. Rev. Fr. Julius ANKWAGH Katsina-Ala Diocese
14. Rev. Fr. Daniel SAAMEAKPE Katsina-Ala Diocese
15. Rev. Fr. Stephen AWUA Katsina-Ala Diocese
16. Rev. Fr. Michael ZAR Katsina-Ala Diocese
17. Rev. Fr. Simon TYOYILA Katsina-Ala Diocese
18. Rev. Fr. Martin TSEGBA Katsina-Ala Diocese
19. Rev. Fr. Celestine AAYONGO Katsina-Ala Diocese
20. Rev. Fr. Peter ASAN Lafia Diocese
21. Rev. Fr. Gabriel NGBEA Lafia Diocese
22. Rev. Fr. Samuel IKPUM Lafia Diocese
23. Rev. Fr. Marcellinus SAAONDO Lafia Diocese
24. Rev. Fr. George SHENGE Lafia Diocese
25. Rev. Fr. Robert LAHA Lafia Diocese
26. Rev. Fr. Gabriel AGULE Lagos Arch Diocese
27. Rev. Fr. Christopher CHAFA Lagos Arch Diocese
28. Rev. Fr. Ambrose AMUE Makurdi Diocese
29. Rev. Fr. Hyacinth ALIA Makurdi Diocese
30. Rev. Fr. Titus IGYESE Makurdi Diocese
31. Rev. Fr. Solomon UKEYIMA Makurdi Diocese
32. Rev. Fr. Titus IMOJIME Makurdi Diocese
33. Rev. Fr. Justine AONDO Makurdi Diocese
34. Rev. Fr. Joseph AKAASHIMA Italy

OFFICES AND PORTFOLIOS

STATISTICS AT-A-GLANCE

First Missionaries: Fr. Alexander leone Lejuene CSSp; Fr. Jules Douvry CSSp Population of Diocese: Catholic Population: Indigenous Priests: Deacons: Male Religious: Missionary: Nigerian sisters: Major Seminarians: Minor Seminarians: No of Parishes: No of Quasi Parishes: Chaplaincy:

PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

Vicar General:

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu Email:[email protected] Tel No: 08036455417

Chancellor:

Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Email: [email protected]

Tel. No: 08062858752

Vicar Pastoral:

Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba

Tel. No: 08060234449

Vicar Religious:

Rev. Fr. Edward Atel CSSp. Email: [email protected]

Tel. No: 08065644608

Judicial Vicar:

Fr. Richard Tule

Email: [email protected]

Tel. No: 08181618497

Notary:

Rev. Fr. Bernard Achaku

Email:[email protected]

Tel No: 08032939807.

Rev. Fr. Clement Apeior

Email: [email protected]

Tel No: 08032619129

Consultors

Vicar General:

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu

Chancellor:       Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Vicar Religious: Rev. Fr. Edward Atel CSSp.

Vicar Pastoral: Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba

Rev. Fr. Francis Wegh

Rev. Fr. Henry Akaabiam

Rev. Fr. Titus Ashwe

Rev. Fr. Joseph Agbecha

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Doki

Rev. Fr. David Agu

Rev. Fr. Linus Huabo

Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende

Finance Council

Most Rev. William Avenya

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu

Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Rev. Fr. Moses Buter

Chief. Raymond Ihyembe

Mr. Andrew Ayabam

Mrs. Hilda Gever

Lady. Philomena Agum

Sr. Gloria Wilson EHJ

Priests’ Council

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Doki

Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende

Rev. Fr. Isaiah Ter

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu

Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba

Rev. Fr. Titus Ashwe Rev. Fr. Joseph Agbecha

Rev. Fr. David Agu Rev. Fr. Linus Huabo

Rev. Fr. Edward Atel Rev. Fr. Pius Uzaan

Rev. Fr. Andrew Adaga Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo Rev. Fr. Augustine Igbum Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Asue Rev. Fr. Lawrence Adudu Rev. Fr. Vincent Ikyobo Rev. Fr. Moses Shawon Rev. Fr. Daniel Akpoughul Rev. Fr. Gerald Ayua

Rev. Fr. Gabriel Achiaga Rev. Fr. Theophilus Osugh

Opus Securitatis Commission

Rev. Fr. Richard Tule Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu

Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Rev. Fr. Marcellinus Wende Dr. Helen Jekelle Mrs. Scholastica Dim

Vocations Team

Rev. Fr. Richard Mngbanngun Rev. Fr. Godwin Agberagba Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo Rev. Fr. Andrew Igbana

Projects Committee

Most Rev. William Avenya Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ada Arch. Emmanuel Tumba Arch/Surveyor Ausbert Ikyoive Engr. Dominic Akpagher Engr. Bartholomew Hundu Mr. Stephen Aende

Board Of Governors On Health

Most Rev. William Avenya

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Udu

Rev. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo

Sr. Benedicta Namakaa

Bar. Bernard Hon

Dr. Jeff Torough

Mr. Moses Amaechi

Mrs. Rachael Reaman

Mrs. Elizabeth Aker

DIRECTORS

Director of vocations:

Rev. Fr. Richard Mgbanngun

Email: [email protected]

Tel No: 08065351208

Director, Pontifical Mission

Societies (PMS):

Rev. Fr. Timothy Anom

Email: [email protected]

Tel No: 07038159125

Director, Catholic Education

Services:

Rev. Fr. Augustine Igbum

Email [email protected]

Tel No 08038721551

Assistant Director, Catholic

Education Services:

Rev. Fr. Andrew Igbana

Email: [email protected]

Tel No: 07058105075

Director, Caritas Gboko:

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Asue

Email:[email protected]

Tel No: 07082786126, 08068357708.

Director, Resource Centre:

Rev. Fr. Raphael Usaka

Email: [email protected]

Tel. No: 07082786126, 08068357708

Health Coordinator:

Rev. Fr. Michael Dogo

Email:[email protected]

Tel No:08039396913

Director of Projects:

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ada

Email; [email protected]

Tel No. 08126821975

Finance Administrator:

Rev. Fr. Moses Buter

Email:[email protected]

Tel No.08066344446

President: Indegenous Clergy

Rev. Fr. Michael Buter

Tel No 08022732210

Laity Council:

Mr. Isaac Hon

Tel. No: 0808090922

Catholic Women Organization (CWO)

Mrs. Victoria Gyado

Tel. No: 07035179276

PARISHES

  1. Iyol I Kristu Parish, Abwa.
  2. Joseph the Worker’s

Parish, Tyowanye.

  1. Ann’s Parish, Adikpo.
  2. Holy Trinity Parish, Dagba.
  3. Patrick’s Parish, Use

-Ushongo.

  1. Martin’s Parish, Mbape.
  2. Lucy’s Parish, Awajir.
  3. Veronica’s Parish, Agidi.
  4. John the Baptist

Cathedral, Gboko.

  1. Thomas’ Parish, Gboko

-South.

  1. Francis’ Parish, Gboko -East.
  2. Peter’s Parish, Mkar.
  3. Gabriel’s Parish, Nyamor.
  4. Theresa’s Parish, Rice -Mill.
  5. Paul’s Parish, Parish Kontien.
  6. Michael’s Parish, Jato -Aka.
  7. Paul’s Parish, Ikyogen.
  8. Joseph’s Parish, Korinya.
  9. Winifred Parish, Ihugh.
  10. Gabriel’s Parish, Tse Agberagba.
  11. Stephen’s Parish, Lessel.
  12. Agatha’s Parish, Wajir.
  13. Edward’s Parish, Ugah.
  14. Christopher’s Parish Wannune.
  15. James’ Parish Yandev.
  16. Peter’s Parish, Buruku.
  17. Francis Parish Tse-kucha.
  18. Christ the King’s Parish, Vandeikya.
  19. Jude’s Parish, Koti-Yough.
  20. Simon’s Parish, Tsar.
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS
S/N PRINCIPAL SCHOOL
1. Rev. Fr. Andrew IGBANA St. James’ Minor Seminary, Yandev.
2. Rev. Fr. Raphael TARLUMUN St. John’s Day Secondary School, Gboko.
3. Rev. Fr. Linus HUABO St. Peter’s Sechool School, Vandeikya.
4. Rev. Fr. Jonathan KAINJO St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Use- Ushongo.
5. Rev. Fr. Isaac KAASHIMA St. Stephen’s Secondary School, Adikpo -Mbaagwa.
6. Rev. Fr. Moses ATE St. Peter’s Secondary School, Mede -Mbangur.
7. Mrs. Roselyn WELGHGBA Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Gboko.
8. Mr. Oliver T. AGBER St. Andrew’s Secondary School, Adikpo.
9. Mrs. B.H ORKUMA St. Mary’s Secondary School, Adikpo.
10. Mrs. Priscilla AGWAZA St. Winifred’s Girls’ Secondary School, Ihugh
11. Sr. Theo Notre Dame Secondary School, Mkar.
12. Mr. Joshua AGBER St. Winifred’s Secondary School, Mbajor.
13. Mr. Emmanuel AGINDI Our Lady of Apostles’ Secondary School,

Vandeikya.
St. Joseph and Mary Secondary School, Korinya.
Holy Trinity Secondary School, Dagba. Ivever Memorial Secondary School, Garba. Holy Family Secondary School, Jato-Aka. St. Francis Xavier’s Secondary School, Ikyogen.
St. Lucy’s Secondary School, Awajir.
St. Jude’s Technical College, Tse-Mker.
St. Thomas the Apostles’ Secondary School, Ugah.
St. Joseph the Worker’s Secondary School, Ashamena.
St. Veronica’s Secondary School, Agidi.
St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Chilemo.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

S/N PRINCIPAL SCHOOL
1. Rev. Fr. Andrew IGBANA St. James’ Minor Seminary, Yandev.
2. Rev. Fr. Raphael TARLUMUN St. John’s Day Secondary School, Gboko.
3. Rev. Fr. Linus HUABO St. Peter’s Sechool School, Vandeikya.
4. Rev. Fr. Jonathan KAINJO St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Use- Ushongo.
5. Rev. Fr. Isaac KAASHIMA St. Stephen’s Secondary School, Adikpo -Mbaagwa.
6. Rev. Fr. Moses ATE St. Peter’s Secondary School, Mede -Mbangur.
7. Mrs. Roselyn WELGHGBA Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Gboko.
8. Mr. Oliver T. AGBER St. Andrew’s Secondary School, Adikpo.
9. Mrs. B.H ORKUMA St. Mary’s Secondary School, Adikpo.
10. Mrs. Priscilla AGWAZA St. Winifred’s Girls’ Secondary School, Ihugh
11. Sr. Theo Notre Dame Secondary School, Mkar.
12. Mr. Joshua AGBER St. Winifred’s Secondary School, Mbajor.
13. Mr. Emmanuel AGINDI Our Lady of Apostles’ Secondary School,

Vandeikya.
St. Joseph and Mary Secondary School, Korinya.
Holy Trinity Secondary School, Dagba. Ivever Memorial Secondary School, Garba. Holy Family Secondary School, Jato-Aka. St. Francis Xavier’s Secondary School, Ikyogen.
St. Lucy’s Secondary School, Awajir.
St. Jude’s Technical College, Tse-Mker.
St. Thomas the Apostles’ Secondary School, Ugah.
St. Joseph the Worker’s Secondary School, Ashamena.
St. Veronica’s Secondary School, Agidi.
St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Chilemo.

NECRELOGY

NECROLOGY
S/N NAME
1. Rev. Fr. Peter Paul BOAGER
2 Rev. Fr. Edward IGBOKO
2. Rev. Fr. Simon AWELI
DATE OF DEATH HOME PARISH.
1st Dec., 2013 St. Clement’s Rectory, Garba. 9th Feb., 2015
30th Mar. 2015 St Winifred’s Parish, Ihugh

REGIONS / DEANERIES / PARISHES

PARISHES

  1. Iyol I Kristu Parish, Abwa.
  2. Joseph the Worker’s

Parish, Tyowanye.

  1. Ann’s Parish, Adikpo.
  2. Holy Trinity Parish, Dagba.
  3. Patrick’s Parish, Use

-Ushongo.

  1. Martin’s Parish, Mbape.
  2. Lucy’s Parish, Awajir.
  3. Veronica’s Parish, Agidi.
  4. John the Baptist

Cathedral, Gboko.

  1. Thomas’ Parish, Gboko

-South.

  1. Francis’ Parish, Gboko -East.
  2. Peter’s Parish, Mkar.
  3. Gabriel’s Parish, Nyamor.
  4. Theresa’s Parish, Rice -Mill.
  5. Paul’s Parish, Parish Kontien.
  6. Michael’s Parish, Jato -Aka.
  7. Paul’s Parish, Ikyogen.
  8. Joseph’s Parish, Korinya.
  9. Winifred Parish, Ihugh.
  10. Gabriel’s Parish, Tse Agberagba.
  11. Stephen’s Parish, Lessel.
  12. Agatha’s Parish, Wajir.
  13. Edward’s Parish, Ugah.
  14. Christopher’s Parish Wannune.
  15. James’ Parish Yandev.
  16. Peter’s Parish, Buruku.
  17. Francis Parish Tse-kucha.
  18. Christ the King’s Parish, Vandeikya.
  19. Jude’s Parish, Koti-Yough.
  20. Simon’s Parish, Tsar.

RECTORIES

  1. George’s Rectory, Tyobo.
  2. Robert’s Rectory, Gbem.
  3. Justine’s Rectory, Mhambe.
  4. Joseph’s Rectory, Iyon.
  5. Clement’s Rectory, Garba.
  6. Mary’s Rectory, Uma.
  7. Christ the King’s Rectory, Damkor.
  8. Robert’s Rectory, Adamgbe.
  9. William’s Rectory, Ugyeh.
  10. Holy Ghost Rectory, Tyulen.
  11. Mary’s Rectory, Anwase.
  12. Peter’s Rectory, Uchagh.
  13. Luke’s Rectory, Ikyoawen.
  14. Joseph’s Rectory, New Road.
  15. Rita’s Rectory, Aornan.
  16. Regina Caeli Rectory, Akile.
  17. Michael’s Rectory, Agbile.
  18. Queen of the Holy Rosary Rectory, Iusa.
  19. Leo’s Rectory, Ikpa.
  20. Michael’s Rectory, Bua.
  21. Mary’s Rectory, Gungul.
  22. Pius’ Rectory, Lough.
  23. Anthony’s Rectory, Chilemo.
  24. Anthony’s Rectory, Amua.
  25. Francis of Assisi Chaplaincy, Fidei Polytechnic.
  26. Brendan’s Rectory, Ande
  27. Thomas’ Rectory, Tur
  28. Monica’s Rectory, Tomatar

DEANERIES

Abwa

  1. Iyol I Kristu Parish, Abwa.
  2. Joseph the Worker’s Parish, Tyowanye.
  3. Clement’s Rectory, Garba.
  4. Mary’s Rectory, Uma.
  5. Christ the King’s Rectory, Damkor.

Adikpo

  1. Ann’s Parish, Adikpo.
  2. Holy Trinity Parish, Dagba.
  3. Patrick’s Parish, Use -Ushongo.
  4. Martin’s Parish, Mbape.
  5. Joseph’s Rectory, Iyon.

Awajir

  1. Lucy’s Parish, Awajir.
  2. Veronica’s Parish, Agidi.
  3. Mary’s Rectory, Gungul.
  4. Pius’ Rectory, Lough.
  5. Anthony’s Rectory, Chilemo.

Gboko

  1. John the Baptist Cathedral,

Gboko.

  1. Thomas’ Parish, Gboko -South.
  2. Francis’ Parish, Gboko-East.
  3. Peter’s Parish, Mkar.
  4. Gabriel’s Parish, Nyamor.
  5. Theresa’s Parish, Rice Mill.
  6. Paul’s Parish, Kontien.
  7. George’s Rectory, Tyobo.
  8. Joseph’s Rectory, New Road.
  9. Rita’s Rectory, Aornan.
  10. Regina Caeli Rectory, Akile.
  11. Michael’s Rectory, Agbile.
  12. Francis of Assisi Chaplaincy, Fidel Polytechnic.
  13. Brendan’s Rectory, Ande

Jato Aka

  1. Michael’s Parish, Jato-Aka.
  2. Paul’s Parish, Ikyogen.
  3. Mary’s Rectory, Anwase.
  4. Peter’s Rectory Uchagh.
  5. Luke’s Rectory Ikyoawen.

Korinya

  1. Joseph’s Parish, Korinya.
  2. Winifred Parish, Ihugh.

St. Gabriel’s Parish, Tse –

CHAPLAINCIES

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
S/N Name
1. Rev. Fr. Joseph ASAKA
2. Rev. Fr. Paul GOON
3. Rev. Fr. Dominic ASOR
4. Rev. Fr. Dominic ASOR
5. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel ADA
6. Rev. Fr. Isaiah TER
Place of Assignment
Federal Government College, Vandeikya/St. Peter’s
Vandeikya
St. Andrew’s Secondary School, Adikpo.
Queen of the Rosary Secondary School/St. John’s Day
Secondary School, Gboko.
Queen of the Rosary Secondary School/St. John’s Day
Secondary School, Gboko.
Government Secondary School, Gboko.
St. Francis of Assisi Chaplaincy, Fidel Polytechnic,
Gboko.
St. Augustine of Hippo’s Chaplaincy, Gboko College of Education, and Gboko Prisons
HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS

Place of Assignment St. Thomas’ Hospital, Ihugh Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Atachia AKOKODAGA
Name
Rev. Fr. Donald AKEGH
St. Monica’s Hospital, Adikpo.

Rating
2.504