By Daniel Tyouka
The Holy Father, Pope Francis has approved the appointment of Rev. Msgr. Ernest Obodo, Rector of St. Bernard Senior Seminary Hostel and professor at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, assigning him the titular seat of Mediana.
According to a statement from the Vatican titied, Agenzia Fides, the new Bishop was born on 24 October, 1966, in Awha-Imezi, Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
He entered the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Nsude, and carried out his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Bigard Memorial Major Seminary in Enugu.
He was ordained a priest on July 22, 2000, for the Diocese of Enugu.
Since his priestly ordination, he has held the following positions: 2000-2001, Parish Vicar of the Queen of Holy Rosary Parish, Ugwuagor; 2001-2004, Parish Priest of St. Charles Parish, Amechi Idodo; 2004-2009, Formator at St. Bernard’s Hostel Seminary, Nchatancha, Nike; Secretary of the Diocesan Clergy of Enugu Diocese; Chaplain of the St. Jude Society; member of the Diocesan Commission for History; 2010-2016: Studies for a Licentiate and Doctorate in Theology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Since 2016, he has been the Rector of the St. Bernard Senior Seminary Hostel and professor at the Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu.