Udi Diocese Anglican Communion

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MISSION STATEMENT

To impact holistically and effectively the communities that make up our diocese and beyond; to put their faith in Jesus Christ and disciplined to willingly serve God and humanity

VISION STATEMENT:

  • We would like to see a work force that is well trained and who in humble obedience proclaims the good news enthusiastically
  • We would like to see a vibrant youth group that can draw 1000 attendees every week meeting to win their generation for Christ and help improve their lives.
  • To see a Men Christian Fellowship that is convinced and powerful enough to challenge obnoxious cultural and traditional practices
  • To see a well developed and equipped Retreat centre where the body of Christ can draw Spiritual resources
  • We Dream to see Mission Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools in strategic places within our Diocese to each Christian Values from cradle
  • We dream to see the communities around us able to access portable drinking water and living in sanitary improved environment.
  • To be able to provide Mission Hospitals/Maternities to ensure health minds in healthy bodies

LIST OF CLERGY IN UDI DIOCESE

S/N Name Location
CATHEDRAL DEANERY
1. Rev. Can. Osita V. Chukwueneka Administrator: Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Umuabi
2. Rev. Can. E.C.N Ejike Cathedral
3. Rev. S.S.N. Ezeanioma As Above
4. Rev. Chukwunonso Emetaghi As Above
5. Rev. Can. B.O. Chukwu St. Peter’s Church Parish Amaji
6. Rev. A.Z. Onyia St. Barth’s Missionary Parish Umuabi
UDI WEST ARCHDEACONRY
7. Ven. N.C. Eze Archdeacon St. Peter’s Church Nachi
8. Rev. Innocent Eze As Above
9. Rev. Robinson Onyia As Above
10. Rev. Can. B.N. Abia St. Andrew’s Church Parish Nachi
11. Rev. Okechukwu Okonkwo As Above
12. Rev. Elijah Ezinwa St. James’ Missionary Parish Nachi
UDI ARCHDECONRY
13. Ven. Theophilus N. Igwenagu Archdeacon St. Stephen’s Church Udi
14. Rev. Theodore Udeh As Above
15. Rev. Ekene Ndie All Saints Missionary Parish Udi/Abia
AMOKWE ARCHDEACONRY
16. Ven. E.O. Aneke Archdeacon. Emmanuel Church Amokwe
17. Rev. Prince Osita As Above
18. Rev. Eric Ezeagagwo All Saints Amokwe Station
19. Rev. Can. I.M. Ozoani St. Paul’s Church Parish Idedu Amokwe
UMUAGA ARCHDEACONRY
20. Ven. S.I. Okoli Archdeacon. St John’s Church Umuaga
21. Rev. Polycarp Dubarachi As Above
22. Rev. Can. F. Agu St. Mathew’s Church Parish Umuaga
23. Rev. Samuel Onyia St. Barnabas Church Umuaga
UDI EAST ARCHDEACONRY
24. Ven. H.N. Ezeodili Archdeacon: Holy Trinity Church Obinagu
25. Rev. Chidi Amaefula As Above
26. Rev. Sunday Udeh. As Above
UDI NORTH MISSIONARY ARCHDEACONRY
27. Ven. T.N Chigbo Archdeacon: St. Luke’s Church Abia
28. Rev. F.O. Onyiba. St. John’s Church Obioma
UDI SOUTH MISSIONARY ARCHDEACONRY
29. Rev. Canon Engr. G. Aneke Administrator: St. Peter’s Church Agbalaenyi
30. Rev. Stephen Alor Unattached (Deacon)
31. Rev. Geoffrey Elekwachi Unattached (Deacon)
32. Rev. Godfrey Ezeh Army Chaplaincy, Lagos (Deacon)

UDI DIOCESAN MISSION/VISION STATEMENT

Propagation of the Gospel in a holistic manner amidst mundanities is our watchword. Aggressive approach to doing exploits while remaining firm on the Lord’s side and making Udi Land/Diocese ready for the kingdom of God.

A HISTORICAL ACCOUNT(1917-2009)

Although Christian Missionary activities took off at Onitsha in 1857, the spread east of the Niger was gradual. The Church arrived Udi communities between 1906 and 1919. The communities within this geo-political domain share a common socio-cultural identity and embraced missionary activities enthusiastically. These communities and the year in which the seed of evangelism was sown, are as follow:
  1. Umuabi 1917
  2. Udi 1917
  3. Obnagu 1917
  4. Obioma 1918
  5. Nachi 1919
  6. Amokwe 1919
  7. Umuaga 1919
To discuss the planting of churches and the growth of Church Missionary Society (C.M.S) in what is today the Dioceses of Udi, is to discuss the evangelical exploits of Archdeacon G.T. Basen, Rev. I.U. Ejindu and student teams Awka College. They softened the ground, developed productive link with local Chiefs and secured local support and assistance in spreading the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, halting the widespread evil practices including that of the killing of twin-babies. Udi Ecclesiastical District was firmly established by 1929 with a prestigious central school at NKoagu Umuabi. The Central School only ranked with St. Peters’ Ogete, Enugu and Central School, Onitsha. Successive District Superintendent s lived in the Anglican Centre Nkwaogu Umuabi from where they toiled across the large District that included Obinofia(Ndi-Uno and Ndi-Agu) Umumba and Obeleagu Umana .
Events that are of ecclesiastically historical significance followed the following sequence:
  1. On 30th October, 1959, at Christ Church, Onitsha, the Niger Diocesan Board graciously approved the creation of Enugu Archdeaconry, to comprise the following Ecclesiastical Districts:
    • Achi Isikwe
    • Udi
    • Eha-Amufu
    • Nsukka
    • Enugu(St. Bartholomew)
    • Enugu(St. Peters)
  2. Enugu Archdeaconry that took off in January, 1960, was on 26th May 1967, constituted into the Dioceses of Enugu, comprising the following political divisions:
    • Enugu Municipality
    • Awgu
    • Udi
    • Nkanu
    • Nsukka
    • Igbo-Eze
    • Eha-Amufu
    • Abakaliki
    • Izzi-Ishielu
    • Ezikwo
    • Afikpo
  3. To actualize the Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Canon G.N. Otubelu(as he was then), was on 8th May 1969, elected the Bishop of Enugu by the Episcopal Synod of the Church of the province of west Africa at Takoradi, Ghana and on 29th June 1969, he was consecrated the Bishop of Enugu by the 3rd Archbishop of West Africa, the most Revd. Cecil John Patterson, M.A., D.D., at George’s Cathedral Freetown, Sierra Leone.
  4. During the enthronement of the Rt. Rev. Gdeon Nweke Otubelu, OFR, BA.BD, PGCE(London), at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral , Enugu on 16th August, 1970 and in the presence of the Most Revd. Moses Nathaniel Christopher Omobiala Scott, CBE; C.R.; D.D; the Bishop of the Niger, the Rt. Rvd. Lucius Madubuko Uzodike, by a Deed of Relinquishment of the same date, relinquished for all times, all powers, authority, jurisdiction, rights and duties in and over the former Archdeaconry of Enugu as aforementioned, to Bishop Otubelu.
  5. Out of the original six Ecclesiastical Districts that constituted Enugu Dioceses the following Dioceses were created consequent on aggressive evangelism which led to growth and expansion:
    • Enugu Dioceses
    • Nsukka Dioceses
    • Abakaliki Diocess
    • Oji River Diocess
    • Awgu/Aninri Missionar Dioceses
    • Nike Dioceses
    • Ngbo Missionary Dioceses
    • Ikwo Missionary Dioceses
    • Afikpo Missionary Dioceses
  6. The Dioceses of Oji River, was created in 1999, following the resolution passed on Tuesday, 25th April, 1995 by the Enugu Diocesan Board, which resolution was ratified by the Diocesan Synod at its meeting at St. Cyprian Abakpa Nike, Enugu on Tuesday, 30th May , 1995.
  7. The Dioceses of Oji River so created comprise two of the original six foundation Ecclesiastical Districts of the old Enugu Dioceses, being Achi Isikwe and Udi each of which indeed deserved to have matured long ago into a Dioceses, going by the pace of growth, expansion and development and to reflect the vision of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
  8. It is most encouraging to us and indeed a matter of great gratitude to the Almighty God, that the then Rt. Revd. Amos Amankechinelo Madu D.D. JP, the foundation Bishop of the Dioceses of Oji River, moved the Diocesan Board at its meeting in Agbariji Inyi, on 31st May 2008 to pass and approve a resolution for the creation of the Dioceses of Udi, to comprise the two Archdeaconries of Udi East and Udi West with Parishes, Churches and brief profile as indicated in the profiles of Parishes/Churches.
  9. The general Synod of the Church of Nigeria at its meeting in Abuja on September, 2009, approved the creation of the Dioceses of Udi and by God’s special grace, the Ven. Chijioke Augustine Aneke was elected and subsequently consecrated and enthroned as the foundation Bishop of the new Dioceses of Udi. While the consecration took place in Ughelli on 11th January, 2009, the enthronement took place at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel Umuabi on 14th January , 2009.
  10. On behalf of our people of Udi, we are inexpressibly grateful to His Grace the Most Revd. Peter Jasper Akinola, D.D. CON, Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria for his vision, mission and philosophy for the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion all of which support and drive the present phenomenal growth, expansion, grassroots-evangelism and even-handed development that have facilitated the decision to create new Dioceses including our Dioceses of Udi which reflects the overwhelming desire of our Parishes, Churches and people.
  11. The Dioceses of Udi is now solidly in place. It is now five years since this actualization. It remains our task to continue to live up to our pledge of maximizing our effort and support for the balanced growth, development and maturity of the Dioceses.