Archbishop Valerian Okeke

Starting out at St. Anthony's Catholic School, Umudioka, and St. Gabriel's Catholic School, Ifitedunu and then followd up with a secondary education at Christ the King College, Onitsha (1967). His education was interrupted by a civil war in Nigeria (1967-1970) but through the inspiration of then Mons. Emmanuel Otteh (now Bishop of Issele-Uku) he became interested in becoming a Priest. Consequently he entered All Hallows' Seminary, Onitsha (1970-1973) and completed at Colliery Comprehensive Secondary School, Enugu (1974).

He had his Post Secondary Education in Philosophical Studies between 1975 - 1977, and Theological Studies between 1977 - 1981, at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu and Ikot Ekpene respectively followed by his Priestly Ordination on July 11, 1981 by Most Rev. (now Cardinal) Francis Arinze, then Archbishop of Onitsha. With Pastoral Experience as  Assistant Priest of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha (1981 - 1982), Parish Priest of Umuoji (1983 - 1986). He furthered his studies in Moral Theology at Alfonsianum, Rome (1986 - 1991).

He holds a doctorate degree in Moral Theology. From 1991 till his appointment as the Co-adjutor Archbishop he taught Moral Theology and Ethics at Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu. He was the Rector from 1996 to 2002. Episcopal Ministry includes Consecrated coadjutor Archbishop at Onitsha on 9 February 2002 by then Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla. Our Archbishop took over the metropolitan see of Onitsha on 1 September 2003.


Masses @ The Basilica of Most Holy Trinity

Sunday: 5:15am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 6:15pm. Thursday: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 6:15pm. Saturday Evening: 5:30pm (Mass with Vespers 1 of Sunday). Monday-Saturday: 5:15am, 6:00am & 6:15pm. Other Masses outside the Basilica Church: 5:30am, 6:00am, 7:15am, 8:45am & 9:00am.