ARCHBISHOP ALBBERT KANENE OBIEFUNA

Born in 1931 at Oraukwu to Patrick Agbakwa Obiefuna and Virginia Mary Enyochi Obiefuna. Albert manifested an extraordinary intelligence, industry and sharpness of mind so that his father ear-marked him for "whiteman's" training.

1940-47:
attended St. Joseph's Catholic School, Oraukwu, and St. Andrew's Catholic School, Adazi.

1943:
Baptised, made first Holy Communion and was confirmed by Archbishop Charles Heerey.

1948:
Training at St. John Bosco Preparatory Teacher-Training College, Agulu.

1949-1950:
Teacher at Aguluzoigbo and St Andrew's Catholic School, Adazi.  During this period Albert was selected in 1949 and again 1950 for training as a teacher in St. Charles' College Onitsha, a very highly cherished desire of most Nigerians in those days. He turned this offer twice down. He refused because he had become obsessed by the idea of becoming a priest. Rev. Fr. Bernard J. Kelly C.S.Sp., the Supervisor of Schools, spotted and recommended him to Father P. Brady, Rector of All Hallows' Seminary, by then located at Enugu.

1951:
Entered All Hallows' Seminary Enugu, after carefully outwitting his relatives who opposed his decision to become a priest.

1955-57:
Teacher-Prefect at All Hallows' Seminary, now at Onitsha.

1957-59:
Studied Philosophy at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu.

1960-63:
Studied Theology at Pontifical Urban University, Rome.

21 December 1963:
Ordained Priest at Collegio Propaganda Fide, Rome, by Cardinal Agagianian.

1966:
Earned a doctorate degree in Moral Theology at the Alfonsianum Academy, Rome. He returned soon after to Nigeria.

1967:
Curate at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha.

1967-1976:
Lecturer at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu. He was the Rector for the 1976/77 academic year before he was nominated at the Bishop of the new diocese of Awka.

5 February 1978:
Ordained and enthroned Bishop of Awka.

1994:
Transferred to the see of Onitsha as Co-adjutor Archbishop.

6 May, 1995:
Installed Archbishop of Onitsha.

1 September, 2003: Retired as Archbishop of Onitsha.

11 May 2011: Died in Houston, TX. U.S.A.

 

Quote for the month

-- " To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light." (Pope Francis "Lumen Fidei,").

Masses @ The Basilica of Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, 5:15am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 6:15pm

Other masses outside the Basilica Church, 5:30am, 6:00am, 7:15am, 8:45am & 9:00am

Monday-Saturday, 5:15am, 6:00am & 6:15pm

Thursday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 6:15pm

Saturday Evening, 5:30pm (mass with Vespers 1 of Sunday)

About Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

He is the first person in West Africa and the first African Priest to be beatified. Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi is from Aguleri in our Archdiocese.

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