About the Rector
PERSONAL BIO-DATA : Chinweuba Fabian Obi was born in Onitsha of parentage from Amatutu village in Agulu town in the present-day Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND FORMATION:
a. Primary – Holy Trinity Primary School, Onitsha, Onitsha North LGA (1970-1971) and Practising School, Agulu, Anaocha LGA (1972-1974).
b. Post-Primary – St. Paul’s Seminary, Ukpor, Nnewi South LGA (1974-1975) and All Hallows’ Seminary, Onitsha, Onitsha North LGA (1975-1979).
c. Post-Junior Seminary Training – one-year apostolic work at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Isuofia, Aguata LGA, Anambra State (1979-1980).
d. Tertiary (I) – B.PHIL., Bachelors in Philosophy (of Pontifical Urban University, Rome), from the St. Joseph’s Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa-Ibom State (1984).
e. Post Tertiary Training – one-year teaching assignment at St. Dominic Savio’s Seminary, Akpu, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State (1984-1985).
f. Tertiary (II) – B.TH., Bachelors in Theology (of Pontifical Urban University, Rome), from Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Enugu State (1989).
Diaconate Ordination (27 December 1988) and Priestly Ordination (12 August 1989) – all at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Awka South LGA.
POST ORDINATION STUDIES:
a. MA, Masters in Eastern and/or African Christianity (1999) – from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, United Kingdom.
b. MA, Masters in Religious Studies (2000) and M.TH & STL and Masters and Licence in Theology (2001), with specialisation in History of the Church and Theology – all from the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven in Belgium.
c. After sabbatical leave as lecturer (2008/2009), HEB, Bachelors in Ecclesiastical History (2010), HEL, Licence in Ecclesiastical History (2012), and HED, Doctorate in Ecclesiastical History (2017) – all from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma, Italia.
POST ORDINATION ASSIGNMENTS:
a. Associate Pastor, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Igbo-Ukwu, Aguata LGA (October 1989 – September 1990) and Church of Assumption Parish, Nimo, Njikoka LGA (October 1990 – June 1991).
b. Pastor, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Akpugoeze, Oji-River LGA, in Enugu State (July 1991 – September 1994) and St. John’s Catholic Church, Neni, Anaocha LGA (October 1994 – September 1997).
c. Notary, Awka Diocesan Tribunal (November 1990-September 1997).
d. After 2001 post-ordination studies, Lecturer, Church History, at Blessed Iwene Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha and Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu (2001-2008) and (2017-2020).