The Catholic Diocese of Port Harcourt
The Diocese has two facilities for the physically challenged with over 150 inmates.
With over a million Catholic Faithfuls, Port Harcourt Diocese remains the largest in the Calabar Province.
The diocese has schools, homes and other educational facilities for children and wards of every age and needs.
With over 500 parishes, house stations and chaplaincies, faithfuls can seek the development of their spiritual life.
(1961 - 1967)
Immediate Past Bishop
(1992 - 2009)
Bishop Of Port Harcourt Diocese
Port Harcourt Diocese
- Rev Fr. Stephen Z. Dedua
- Rev. Fr. Justin Njoku
- Rev Sr. Trinitas Obianika, DMMM.
- Receptionist: Mrs. Tosin Olubimpe Daniel.
- Rev. Msgr. Cyprian E. Onwuli.
- Church of the Nativity, Rumuehwara, Oro-Igwe
Diocesan Chancery, Corpus Christi Cathedral
Financial Administration Office
- Director: Rev. Fr. Noel Nalelo
- Accounts Officer: Rev Sr. Hilda Udofia, DDL.
- Secretary/Accounts Assistant: Mrs. Irene Makoju
- Msgr. Cyprian Onwuli
- Msgr. Festus C. Okafor
- Msgr. Charles Agu
- Rev. Fr. Joseph Kabari
- Msgr. John Wangbu
- Msgr. Barinem-Livy Boniko
- Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Orlu Orlu
- Fr. Cletus Mbarikata CSSp
- Rev. Fr. Donatus Ukulor
- Rev. Fr. Noel Nalelo
- Rev. Fr. Stephen Dedua
BISHOP OKOYE (1961-1967)
The result of the efforts of the Missionaries in the Evangelization of Ikwerre, Ogba, Egbema, Ogoni, Kalabari, Etche and the eastern part of Ijaw land was the creation of Port Harcourt Diocese on May 16, 1961 from Owerri Diocese. Most Rev. Godfrey Mary Paul Okoye, CSSp, from the present Anambra State was appointed the first Bishop. He was consecrated and installed on September 3, 1961. He worked tirelessly from that year to 1970, establishing Primary and Secondary Schools, building hospital and clinics in various parts of the Diocese. The Schools were centres of Evangelization, education and Primary Health Care.
Within the first three years of his Episcopal ministry, he worked hard to bring the Diocese to almost the same standard as other Dioceses in Nigeria. A well organized Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) helped the Catholic educational system in spreading the gospel. There were about fourteen Parishes in Port Harcourt Diocese before the Civil War of the Eastern Region of Nigeria began in July 1967.
He was relentless in his services to the Church and the State. The Port Harcourt City Council rewarded him by naming a street after him.
His nine years in Port Harcourt Diocese saw formidable task of opening the waterlogged towns of the Diocese that were very difficult to penetrate.
One of the greatest tragedies of the Nigerian civil war was the takeover of schools by the then military government, which deprived the Catholic Church her greatest instrument of Evangelization, a situation, which became mainly responsible for moral decay among the youths. It was recently that the schools were returned to the Diocese.
BISHOP DOMINIC EKANDEM (1970-1974)
Bishop Dominic Ekandem (then Bishop of Ikot Ekpene) became the Apostolic Administrator of Port Harcourt Diocese in addition to his See of Ikot Ekpene in 1970. He was assisted by the Vincentian Fathers, and St. Patrick Society Fathers. A few Priests came from Benin and Warri Dioceses to help. There were also the Daughters of Charity, Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters and the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus who helped in the missionary work of the Diocese. He began the work of recovery of Church property in the Diocese.
BISHOP EDMUND FITZGIBBON (1974-1992)
Bishop Edmund Fitzgibbon, SPS, continued the work of recovery so well begun by Bishop (later Cardinal) Ekandem. His outstanding works were the rehabilitation of the Junior Seminary built by Bishop Godfrey Okoye, the building of Corpus Christi Cathedral and the provision of conducive facilities for the Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA). In continuation of his work towards the welfare of the weak and the disadvantaged, he established the Compassion Home for the physically handicapped and “The Child” for the mentally sick children, run by the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Daughters of Charity respectively. He also founded the Home for the Elderly run by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters and built the Trauma Centre, now Health of the Sick Hospital.
BISHOP ALEXIUS MAKOZI (1992-2009)
Most Rev. Alexius O. Makozi, who was bishop of Lokoja Diocese before his transfer to Port Harcourt was installed in Port Harcourt on January 26, 1992. The hallmark of Bishop Makozi’s Missionary endeavour in Port Harcourt Diocese was his Pastoral commitment. Like a true Shepherd he travelled to all parts of this vast Diocese meeting, teaching and confirming his numerous flock in faith, hope and charity. His pastoral diligence paid off as he trained and ordained nearly fifty-eight Priests. He created not less than fifty Parishes, Chaplaincies and quasi Parishes.
His seventeen years in Port Harcourt Diocese saw him establish, among others, the St. Paul’s School of Evangelization, put in place necessary facilities for the effective functioning of the Health of the Sick Hospital, which had been built by Bishop E. J. Fitzgibbon. He built Our Lady of Fatima College, Port Harcourt and also established the Pope John Paul II College, Bori and the Primary Health Clinic at Eeke in Ogoni.
His academic training and experience in Social Communications bore fruit when on the occasion of his Episcopal Silver Jubilee in June, 1996 he founded the CATHOLIC LINK, a Newspaper of Port Harcourt Diocese. He built the Diocesan Chancery which he commissioned early in 2001, wherein he made provision for an Audio and Visual Recording Studio. He laid the foundation of the Stella Maris University, Umuechem, Port Harcourt, a project that he conceived himself. Nine of his Priests were honoured by the holy father, Pope Benedict XVI. He was conferred with Doctor of Literature Honoris causa by Madonna University, Okija in 2008.
BISHOP CAMILLUS ETOKUDOH (2009- )
On Monday May 4, 2009 Most Rev. Camillus Archibong Etokudoh was appointed the Bishop of Port Harcourt Diocese. His Episcopal installation was on Saturday July 25, 2009. Since taking up his role as the Chief Shepherd, he has spent his energies on building up and uniting the Clergy, Religious and Laity through regular contact and scheduled activities. He has also developed a strong administrative structure in the Chancery and all over the Diocese, aided by committed Clergy, Religious and Laity. In terms of projects, Bishop Etokudoh has already completed what could be his flagship project: the Pastoral Centre and the Bishop’s House. He has intensified efforts to complete the Stella Maris University project. His interest in Catholic Education is evident from the attention he has given to the improvement of Catholic Schools. The Bishop has also initiated the process of creating a new Diocese from the present Diocese of Port Harcourt. Consultations are still ongoing. The Second Diocesan Synod and Golden Jubilee celebrations, concluded in December 2011, demonstrated Bishop Etokudoh’s commitment to building up a vibrant Diocese in the present and for the future. He is supporting and encouraging the acquisition and building of places for worship in different parts of the Diocese.
BISHOP PATRICK ELUKE (AUXILLARY BISHOP)
Bishop Eluke was appointed as auxiliary bishop of of Port Harcourt diocese by Pope Francis on the 12th of February, 2019 assigning him the titular see of Fotice.
Bishop Eluke was born on 25 March 1967 in Ekpeye, Ahoada, Rivers State, in the diocese of Port Harcourt. After his primary school education, he entered the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary and continued with courses in philosophy at the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene, and had his Theology studies at the Bigard Memorial Major Seminary, Enugu. He was ordained priest on 23 September 1995, and incardinated into the diocese of Port Harcourt. Bishop Patrick Eluke also obtained a civil doctorate degree in biblical studies at the University of Port Harcourt. Since priestly ordination, he has held the following offices: parish vicar of Saint Anthony’s parish, Igwuruta (1995-1996); pastor of Saint Bernard’s parish, Biara (1996-1997); pastor of Saint Dominic’s parish, Bane, and Saint Francis’ parish, Kpean (1997-2002); pastor of Saint Paul’s parish, Ngo (1997-2005); pastor of the Saints Peter and Paul parish, Elenlenwo (2005-2007); pastor of the Queen of the Apostles parish, Rumuepirikom (2007-2012); pastor of the Sacred Heart parish, Mile II Diobu (2012-2013); chaplain of the Annunciation Chaplaincy, University of Port Harcourt (2013-2015); lecturer in Biblical Studies, University of Port Harcourt (since 2014); parish priest of the Saint Francis of Assisi parish, Rumuokwuta (since 2015); and director of diocesan pastoral vocational ministry (since 2016).