Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, has announced the creation of Catholic Diocese of Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria.

A statement posted on the Facebook page of Catholic Commission of Nigeria on Sunday, said the Pope named Denis Isizoh as the Diocese’s first Bishop.

PlatinumPost reports that before now Anambra plays host to the Dioceses of Awka, Nnewi, Ekwuolobia and Arch-Diocese of Onitsha.

The post on the Catholic Commission page read : “Pope Francis has announced the establishment of the Catholic Diocese of Aguleri and appointed Bishop Denis Isizoh the Diocese’s first Bishop.

The erection of the new Catholic Diocese in Nigeria and the appointment of the pioneer Bishop of the new Episcopal See was made public by the Holy See Press office on Sunday, February 12.

The Diocese of Aguleri has been curved from the Archdiocese of Onitsha, making it suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Onitsha.

Until his appointment as the new Local Ordinary of Aguleri Diocese, Bishop has been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha and Titular Bishop of Legia.

Born in 1956 in Ogbunike in the Archdiocese of Onitsha, the Bishop was enrolled for his Philosophy studies at Bigard Seminary ( philosophy campus) Ikot-Ekpene from 1976 to 1980 and for his Theology studies at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu from 1982 to 1985.

He was ordained a priest on 28 September 1985 for the Archdiocese of Onitsha.He was consecrated a Bishop, May 1, 2015.

As a priest, the bishop served in different capacities, including Parish Vicar, Chaplain for Schools, and formator at All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha. And official Pontifical Council for interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City ( 1995 – 2015), among other Priestly responsibilities.

Bishop Denis had his Licentiate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome between 1989 and 1993.

Congratulations to Most Rev. Denis Isizoh and the faithful of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Aguleri.

Long Live the Church.”



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