After series of controversies that trailed the appointment of a new Bishop for Aba Catholic diocese, the Holy Father, Pope Francis has finally appointed a bishop for the Catholic diocese.
He is Reverend Monsignor Augustine Ndubueze Echema, of the clergy of Owerri Archdiocese, who at the time of his appointment was a lecturer in liturgy at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA) in Port Harcourt.
He was formally ordained as the new Bishop of Aba diocese on Thursday 13th February 2020 at the CKC Cathedral Church Aba in Abia State. His consecration attracted people from all corners of Nigeria and beyond, including bishops from many other parts of the country.
Also in attendance was the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, who equally made a donation of a brand new Prado Jeep vehicle to the new Bishop.
The Reverend Augustine Ndubueze Echema was born on December 28, 1958, in Ohuhu Nsulu, then the diocese of Umuahia and now Aba. He attended the Saint Peter Claver minor seminary in Okpala (1972-1977). He carried out his studies in philosophy at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Ikot Ekpene (1978-1982) and in theology at the seminary of the same name in Enugu (1982-1986). He studied at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, obtaining a doctorate in theology, with a specialization in liturgy (1989-1994).
He was ordained a priest on 16 August 1986 for the clergy of Owerri.After ordination, he held the following roles: formator in the Saint Peter Claver minor seminary in Okpala (1986-1988); parish priest of Saint Mark in Umuneke Ngor (1988-1989); higher studies in Frankfurt, Germany (1989-1994); parish priest of the Saint Joseph parish in Schwalbach, in the diocese of Limburg, Germany (1994-1995); adjunct chaplain of the CIWA Worshipping Community in Port Harcourt (1996-1998); lecturer in liturgy at the Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt; president of the Liturgical Commission of the archdiocese of Owerri; chaplain of the Owerri Provincial Laity Council.