Bishop Usuh Bows Out, Anagbe & Isizoh In, As CBCN Mourns late Bishop Malachy

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria recently applauded the appointment of Most Reverend Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe as Bishop of Makurdi Diocese and Most Reverend Denis Chidi Isizoh as the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese.

The appointment of Bishop Anagbe came at the heels of the acceptance of Most Reverend Athanasius Usuh’s letter of resignation on 28 March, 2015 on health grounds by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Bishop Usuh was born in 1940 and ordained Priest on the 19th December, 1971. He was ordained the third Bishop of Makurdi in 6 January, 1988 at the age of 48.

Bishop Anagbe was born on 2 April, 1965 in Aondona village in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue, ordained Priest of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CMF). He succeeded Bishop Usuh as the fourth Bishop of Makurdi diocese on the…

In another development, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Chidi Denis Isizoh as the Auxiliary Bishop of Archbishop of Onitsha and assigned him as the titular Bishop of Legia. Born on 24 January 1956 in the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra state, he was ordained a Priest on 28 September, 1985 and became a Bishop on the 1 May, 2015.

At the end of the CBCN’s second plenary in Port Harcourt, the Bishops in a communiqué said: “On the 28 March, 2015, the resignation of Most Rev. Athanasius Usuh as Bishop of Makurdi was announced. In accordance with Canon Law, the Coadjutor Bishop, Most Rev. Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe CMF, has already taken canonical possession as the fourth Bishop of Makurdi Diocese. Most Rev. Denis ChidiIsizoh has been ordained as the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese.”

The communiqué signed by the President and Secretary of the CBCN Most Reverend Ignatius Ayau Kaigama who is the Archbishop of Jos and Most Reverend William Avenya who is the Bishop of Gboko, said “We joyfully unite with Archbishop Joseph Ukpo who marked his sacerdotal Golden Jubilee, with Most Reverend Lucius Ugorji who celebrated his Episcopal Silver Jubilee.”

The Bishops however, congratulated the two Bishops on their well deserved appointments and Bishop William Avenya over his sacerdotal Golden Jubilee.

With deep sorrow but with strong faith in the resurrection of Christ, the Church Fathers said: “we pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop Malachy Goltok of Bauchi diocese, who passed on after our First Plenary.”

Though, Pope Francis is yet to appoint a successor for the Diocese, the faithful around the Diocese are looking forward the appointment of a Shepherd after the heart of Jesus. It would be recalled that late Bishop Malachy died on the 21 March, 2015 at the age of 49.6 years and was buried at Saint John Cathedral, Bauchi.

The late Bishop Malachy was ordained Priest of the then Jos Diocese at the age of 25.3 years and ordained the second Bishop Bauchi Diocese on the 18 May, 2011 as the successor of Bishop John Moore, SMA of blessed memory.

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