Pioneer Bishop Of Ahiara


Born on June 24th, 1938 to the family of late Nze Sebastian and Cecilia Chikwe, late Bishop Victor Adibe Chikwe grew up in the humble village of Ihitte, in Ezinihitte LGA of Imo State, Nigeria, where he had his primary education before proceeding to the minor seminary in Okpala, namely St. Peter Claver Seminary. Soon after the junior seminary training, he was sent to Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, in 1960 to study philosophy and theology in preparation for the Catholic priesthood.

Bishop Victor Chikwe was ordained a priest on April 17th, 1966 by the late Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Brendan Whelan, the then bishop of Owerri Diocese, at the just completed Mount Carmel’s Church, Emekuku.

Initially, he began his primary duty as a priest in Mbato Parish in Orlu Diocese, and was posted to Sacred Heart Parish, Nguru Mbaise, a few years later, under late Fr Michael Cunnife of Irish descent. When the Nigeria-Biafran civil war broke out, he volunteered into the military as a chaplain and rose to the rank of a Captain.

With the war over in 1970, Bishop Chikwe was posted to Uzoagba in Ikeduru and from there to Mount Carmel’s Parish, Emekuku. It was from Emekuku that he was transferred to Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, to serve as a formator and bursar from 1974 -1976 and from there went to Rome on further studies.

Bishop Chikwe studied and obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome, and later obtained his Diploma in Education certificate from University of London, United Kingdom. Upon his return from studies, the late Bishop Mark Unegbu of Owerri Diocese (now, an archdiocese) re-sent him to Emekuku parish from where he was announced the bishop-elect of Ahiara on November 19th 1987. He served the young Diocese gloriously for a period of twenty-two (1988 – 2010) years before passing on to eternity on Thursday, 7th October, 2010.

May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen!

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