It was a cheering news last week in the Catholic Church, especially the Awka Diocese when the announcement was made that Bishop Peter Okpaleke, who was rejected by the Ahiara Diocese in Mbaise, Imo State, was named the Bishop of the new Diocese of Ekwulobia in Anambra State, Ekwulobia Diocese was carved out of Awka Diocese by Pope Francis and consists of Akpo, … Barnes had served as the second bishop … Cheers as Bishop Okpaleke, rejected by Ahiara Diocese in Imo State, heads new Ekwulobia Diocese in Anambra On March 11, 2020 5:05 am In … Born in Amesi, Aguata LGA of Anambra in 1963. According to the Vatican Information Service (VIS), The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI today appointed Msgr. The Bishop of Ahiara Catholic Diocese in Imo State, Peter Okpaleke has resigned.His appointment by the Vatican had created crisis, and was opposed by the laity and a section of the clergy. Fr. • Bishop Okpaleke. The Bishop, who also heads Umuahia Diocese, noted that now was new springtime for the Church in Ahiara Diocese to be restored to its past glory. Born 1 March 1963, Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke was first appointed Bishop of Ahiara Diocese by Pope Benedict XVI on 7 December 2012 and ordained Bishop on 21 May 2013. Peter Ebere Okpaleke of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, as bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Nigeria. Pope Francis has established the Diocese of Ekwulobia, in Anambra State in Nigeria, and named Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, the rejected bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Mbaise, as its first Ordinary. Peter Ebere Okpaleke a clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Awka Diocese the new Bishop of Ahiara Diocese after the death of the pioneer bishop, Victor Chikwe. AHIARA DIOCESE GETS A NEW BISHOP! The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI on December 7 2012 appointed Rev. He resigned as Bishop of Ahiara on 19 February 2018. The new Diocese of Ekwulobia. Pope Francis has established the Diocese of Ekwulobia, Anambra State and named Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, the rejected bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Mbaise, as its first Ordinary. On 5 March 2020, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Okpaleke to the newly created Diocese of Ekwulobia. Bishop Alberto Rojas is assuming leadership of the Diocese of San Bernardino following Pope Francis' acceptance of Bishop Gerald Barnes' retirement. This was announced by Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, Anambra State, on Thursday. Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Okpaleke until this appointment was the Emeritus Bishop of Ahiara Diocese who resigned for peace to reign in the protracted crisis over the appointment of an indigenous bishop of the troubled Diocese of Ahiara. Bishop Ugorji performed his first assignment as Apostolic Administrator at the mass by appointing Reverend Fr. Okpaleke, who is from Awka Diocese in Anambra State, was appointed the Bishop of the Ahiara Diocese in 2012 after the death of Bishop Victor Chikwe, the first bishop of the diocese.