Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha

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Archdiocese of Onitsha
Archidioecesis Onitshanus
Location
Country  Nigeria
Territory Anambra State
Ecclesiastical province Onitsha
Coordinates 6°9′59.9472″N 6°46′59.9226″E / 6.166652000°N 6.783311833°E / 6.166652000; 6.783311833
Statistics
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
2,060,490
1,373,660 (66.7%)
Parishes 181
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1950.04.18
Cathedral Holy Trinity Basilica
Secular priests 498
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Most Rev. Valerian Okeke
Suffragans Abakaliki, Awgu, Awka, Enugu, Nnewi, Nsukka
Auxiliary Bishops Auxiliary Bishop Most, Rev. . Denis Chidi Isizoh (2015-present); ; appointed by Pope Francis on Friday, February 6, 2015[1]
Map
Anambra State is shown in red
Anambra State is shown in red
Website
Onitsha-Archdiocese.org

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha (Latin: Onitshan(us)) is the Metropolitan See for the ecclesiastical province of Onitsha in Anambra State, Nigeria.

History[edit]

  • 1889.07.25: Established as Apostolic Prefecture of Lower Niger from the Apostolic Vicariate of Benin Coast
  • 1920.04.16: Promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Nigeria
  • 1934.07.09: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha–Owerri
  • 1948.02.12: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha
  • 1950.04.18: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Onitsha

Special churches[edit]

The seat of the archbishop is the Holy Trinity Basilica (the only Basilica in Nigeria) in Onitsha.

Leadership[edit]

  • Metropolitan Archbishops of Onitsha(Roman rite)
  • Vicars Apostolic of Onitsha (Roman rite)
    • Archbishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp. 1948.02.12 – 1950.04.18
  • Vicars Apostolic of Onitsha–Owerri (Roman rite)
    • Archbishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp. 1934.07.09 – 1948.02.12
  • Vicars Apostolic of Southern Nigeria (Roman rite)
    • Archbishop Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp. 1931.05.21 – 1934.07.09
    • Bishop Joseph (Ignatius) Shanahan, C.S.Sp. 1920.04.16 – 1931.05.21
  • Prefects Apostolic of Lower Niger (Roman rite)
    • Bishop Joseph (Ignatius) Shanahan, C.S.Sp. 1905.09.20 – 1920.04.16
    • Fr. Léon-Alexander Lejeune, C.S.Sp. 1900.05.23 – 1905.09.05

Suffragan dioceses[edit]

See also[edit]

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