Most Revd (Dr) Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji was installed the Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese by the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, the Most Reverend Antonio Guido Filipazzi on June 23, 2022, in Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri, Imo State.
The ceremony is coming following the appointment of the then-Bishop of Umuahia Diocese by His Holiness, Pope Francis which was announced during the plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in March 2022.
Present at the installation thanksgiving mass were His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the newly appointed Peter Cardinal Okpaleke of Ekwulobia Diocese, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Abia state governor represented by the deputy governor, Ude Oko Chukwu, the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi as well as Bishops, Priests, and Religious. The Caritas Nigeria family was ably represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Revd Fr. Peter Audu.
The Papal Knight of St. Sylvester, Senator Dr. Victor Umeh OFR, described the new Archbishop as a seasoned cleric who has performed credibly in the past thirty-two years of his Episcopacy as Bishop of Umuahia Diocese and thus, will not be learning on his new position as Archbishop of Owerri. He prayed for God's continued blessings and guidance for him as he continues to shepherd the flocks under his care.
With this installation, His Lordship, Lucius Ugorji replaces Archbishop Anthony l Obinna who has been in that position since March 26 1994.
Report and pictures courtesy of Joy Chiwendu Onuoha from Imo State