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Msgr. Hilary Nanman Dechelem, CMF: Appointed Bishop of Bauchi

Bauchi, Nigeria. His Holiness Pope Francis has today, Wednesday 31st May, appointed as Bishop of Bauchi Diocese, our brother, Rev. Fr. Hilary Nanman Dechelem C.M.F.

He is at present Parish Priest of the Church of Immaculate Conception Upperhill, Makurdi, Nigeria. Born June 3 1966 in the former Benue Plateau State. He is a native of Moeda–Kwalla from Kwampan Local Government Area of Plateau State. Attended Primary School in L.E.A School Kabala, St Catherine’s Makurdi and Central Primary School, Awe, Nassarawa State respectively. Attended Secondary Education at St Peters College Toto, St John Bosco, Doma and Government Secondary School Obi all in Nassarawa State. Was admitted by the Claretian Missionaries in 1986 at Nekede Owerri for Postulancy. Had first Religious Profession on 8th September 1988 at Utonkon, Benue State and  Final Religious Profession on 13th September1993 at Maryland, Nekede, Owerri.

Ordained priest on July 1, 1995 at Kwa Parish in the Archdiocese of Jos, the Bishop-elect had Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Claretian Institute of Philosophy in 1990 (Affiliate of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome)., Master’s degree in Theology from Spiritan International School of Theology, Attakwu, Enugu 1995 (Affiliate of Duquesne University Pittsburg Pennsylvania, USA), Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska, USA 2014, Certificate Course in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University 2014. Studied Masters in Business Administration/Project Management Technology at Federal University of Technology. Owerri, Imo State 2002. Ongoing (student) Doctorate Degree in Policy Analysis and Public Administration at Federal University of ABUJA.

He worked as Bursar and part time lecturer 1995-1999 at the Claratian Institute of Philosophy Nekede. Elected in the Provincial Council as Consultor/Prefect of Economy 1999-2005. Consultor/Prefect of Spirituality, 2005-2010. Member of the General Economic Council of the Claretian Congregation in Rome (GEC 2003-2006). Parish Priest Maria Goretti Parish Ikenegbu, Owerri Archdiocese 2005-2010. Parish Priest St John Mary Vianney Parish Kwande, Shendam Diocese and Vicar for Religious 2010-2017. Lecturer/Core Team, Institute for Formators “DU” Jos 2015 till date.

The date for the ordination of the Bishop-elect is yet to be announced.