Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri

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Archdiocese of Owerri
Archidioecesis Overriensis
Country  Nigeria
Territory Imo State
Ecclesiastical province Owerri
Coordinates 5°29′06″N 7°02′06″E / 5.48500°N 7.03500°E / 5.48500; 7.03500
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna
Suffragans Aba, Ahiara, Okigwe, Orlu, Umuahia
Imo State shown in red
Imo State shown in red

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri (Latin: Archidioecesis Overriensis) is located in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

The Seat of Wisdom Seminary is in Owerri.

The archdiocese covers an area of 2,996 km². 670,986 of the 1.7 million people in the area are member of the Catholic Church.


The diocese dates back to the Vicariate Apostolic of Owerri, which was created on February 12, 1948 when the Vicariate Apostolic of Onitsha-Owerri was split. On April 18, 1950 it was elevated to a diocese. On March 26, 1994 it became an archdiocese.

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The seat of the archbishop is Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri.


  • Metropolitan Archbishops of Owerri (Roman rite)
  • Bishops of Owerri (Roman rite)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Owerri (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Joseph Brendan Whelan, C.S.Sp. 1948.02.12 – 1950.04.18

Suffragan Dioceses[edit]

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