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The Most Reverend

Godfrey Okoye

Bishop of Port Harcourt
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ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed16 May 1961
In office1961-1970
Predecessornone
SuccessorDominic Ignatius Ekandem
Orders
Ordination27 July 1947
by Charles Heerey
Consecration3 September 1961
by Pope John XXIII
RankBishop
Personal details
Born(1913-12-19)19 December 1913
Efitedunu, Eastern Region, Nigeria
Died17 March 1977(1977-03-17) (aged 63)

Godfrey Mary Paul Okoye, C.S.Sp. (19 December 1913 – 17 March 1977) was a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria. He was the first Bishop of Port Harcourt, serving from 3 September 1961 to 7 March 1970. After leaving the diocese of Port Harcourt, he became the second Bishop of Enugu, succeeding Bishop John Cross Anyogu.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Okoye was born on 19 December 1913 to Okoye Nwazulu and Ada Oji in Ifitedunu in the Eastern Region of Nigeria, now Anambra State.[2] He was ordained to priesthood by Most Rev. Dr. Charles Heerey, the Archbishop of Onitsha, on 27 July 1947.[3] In 1950 he became only the second Igbo priest to be admitted into the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.[4] Okoye was heavily involved in events around the Nigerian Civil War, and his explicit support for Biafra raised concerns among fellow priests that they would be targeted in Nigeria.[5] Historian Adrian Hastings described Okoye as a "devout Biafran hawk".[6] In 1977, just before having a hernia operation, Okoye destroyed his personal files detailing his involvement in the war. He died shortly after the operation.[7]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bishop Godfrey Okoye, C.S.Sp. †". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. Retrieved 27 April 2016.[self-published source]
  2. Amadi, Dan Chima (1995). Bishop G.M.P. Okoye : his life, his times. Lagos: Everlead Communications. ISBN 9789783336711.
  3. "Our Founder". Daughters of Divine Love Congregation. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  4. Okwu, Augustine S. O. (2010). Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions, 1857-1957: Conversion in Theory and Practice. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 274. ISBN 9780761848844.
  5. Omenka, Nicholas Ibeawuchi (2010). "Blaming the Gods: Christian Religious Propaganda in the Nigeria-Biafra War". Journal of African History. 51 (3): 367–389. doi:10.1017/S0021853710000460.
  6. Hastings, Adrian (1979). A History of African Christianity 1950-1975. Cambridge University Press. p. 238. ISBN 9780521293976.
  7. Emenyonu, Ernest (2000). "Nationalism and the Creative Talent". Goatskin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature. p. 383. ISBN 9780865436718.

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