Most Rev. Denis Chidi Isizoh
Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh

MOST REV. DENIS ISIZOH

Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese

BIRTH

Tuesday, 24 January 1956 (Eke day), by Anthony and Theresa ISIZOH of Osile Ogbunike. NIGERIA.

BAPTISM

Sunday, 4 March 1956 by the Irish Fr Thomas SWEENEY C.S.Sp.

CONFIRMATION

Tuesday, 10 August 1965 by Archbishop Charles HEEREY C.S.Sp.

DIACONATE

Sunday, 23 December 1984 by Archbishop Francis ARINZE.

PRIESTHOOD

Saturday, 28 September 1985 by Archbishop Stephen EZEANYA.

EPISCOPACY

NOMINATION: Friday, 6 February 2015 by His Holiness, Pope Francis (Titular Bishop of Legia, Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha.)

CONSECRATION: Friday, 1 May 2015 by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal ARINZE.

EDUCATION

1962 - 1963: St Raphael's Catholic Primary School, Awkuzu.

1964 - 1968/1970: St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, Ogbunike.

1971 - 1975: All Hallows' Seminary, Onitsha.

1976 - 1980: Bigard Memorial Seminary, Philosophy Faculty, Ikot Ekpene, NIGERIA. (Bachelor of Philosophy).

1981 - 1985: Bigard Memorial Seminary, Theology Faculty, Enugu, NIGERIA. (Bachelor of Theology).

1989: Università per gli Stranieri, Perugia, ITALY. (Diploma in Italian language).

1989 - 1993: Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, ITALY. (Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures).

1990: Zentrum für Internationale Bildung und Kulturaustausch, Kreuzberg-Bonn, GERMANY. (Diploma in German language).

1992: Institute Catholique de Paris/Alliance Française de Paris, FRANCE. (Diploma in French language).

1994 - 1996: Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, ITALY. (Doctorate in Biblical Theology).

EARLY PASTORAL EXPERIENCES IN NIGERIA

1985 - 1989: Teacher/Formator, All Hallows’ Minor Seminary, Onitsha.

1985 - 1986: Parish Vicar, Ss. John & Paul Parish, Awada, Onitsha.

1985 - 1989: Chaplain, Immaculate Heart Novitiate, Nkpor.

1985 - 1989: Chaplain, St. Scholastica Benedictine Monastery, Umuoji.

1985 - 1988: Chaplain, Boys’ High School, Onitsha.

1985 - 1988: Chaplain, Girls’ High School, 4th Mile, Onitsha.

1985 - 1988: Chaplain, St. Monica’s Teacher-Training/Secondary School, Ogbunike.

1985 - 1989: Chaplain, Federal Government Girls’ Secondary School, Onitsha.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCES AND POSITIONS HELD

2015 - Date: Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha.

2018 - Date: Chairman, Social Communications, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria.

1995 - 2015: Official of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City Head of Service, Section for non-Christian Religions in sub-Saharan Africa, and for Traditional Religions Worldwide.

2007 - 2015: Vice President, Nostra Aetate Foundation – Study Grants.

1989 - 2015: Personal Secretary, Francis Cardinal Arinze.

KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGES

Igbo, English, Italian, French, Latin, and German

COAT OF ARM

Entirely for God.

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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.