NIGERIAN priests serving in the Brisbane archdiocese returned home last week to honour the man who sent them to Australia.
Umuahia Bishop Lucius Ugorji welcomed home his Australian missionaries to commemorate 25 years since his episcopal ordination in 1990.
Among the returning priests were Fr Henry Maduka, Fr Modestus Mgbaramuko, Fr Francis Onwunali and Fr Gabriel Kalu, all sent to Australia following a 2006 agreement between Nigeria and Brisbane to alleviate a shortage of priests in the archdicoese.
Bishop Ugorji is one of Nigeria’s youngest bishops, receiving his episcopal mission at 38.
Born on January 13, 1952, Bishop Urgoji was ordained a priest on April 16, 1977, when he was 25.
He was ordained a bishop in 1990, taking over the Umuahia diocese from the Bishop Anthony Nwedo, the man who had welcomed him into the minor seminary.
The young bishop was once mistaken for a bishop’s secretary while in Rome for episcopal training.
Pope John Paul II also told Bishop Ugorji when “he finishes his life on earth, his reflections will be episcopal”.
Fr Maduka, who is parish priest at Moorooka Salisbury parish, served as the Umuahia cathedral’s master of ceremonies for six years.
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