Our Chaplaincy is our service home, we are one big family coming together to cater for the souls of many.


The history of the Catholic Church stretches back 2000 years from where ever in the world you are reading this to a small room in Jerusalem when Mary and the Apostles received the Holy Spirit from God. Since then, protected by the Holy Spirit, God’s Holy Church has grown in number and deepened in faith as she proclaims and awaits the second coming of the Word of God. This time line is an attempt to trace that history. At its heart is the line of popes

As Catholics, we are Christians which means followers of Jesus Christ and our vision is to preach Christ.

History of Chaplaincy

CThe suggestion for the coming together of people in diaspora who are Catholics and share a common cultural background was first made by Cardinal Francis Arinze during a Mass he celebrated with Africans at Westminster Cathedral in 1985. Following this suggestion, some Africans rose up to the challenge and started what became known as the Association of African Catholics.

Initially, the group met at West Hampstead and later at Battersea Park. It was here they requested a chaplain and Rev. Fr. John Kirby RIP was duly appointed Chaplain of the Association of African Catholics and he worked tirelessly to give status to the Association.With the ordination of Ghanaian Rev. Fr. James Enin as a Marist priest in June 1991, Rev. Joseph Baffour-Awuah took the opportunity to start the Association of Ghanaian Catholics with Fr. Enin as Chaplain. It was this move by Rev. Joseph Baffour-Awuah that gave impetus for the formation of the Association of Nigerian Catholics under the leadership of Rev. Fidelis Chukwu.


CThe Association of Ghanaian Catholics under the leadership of Rev. Fr. James Enin was officially recognised as a Chaplaincy in 1992, but the Association of Nigerian Catholics could not gain the same status due to the absence of a priest or deacon. The result was that the Association of Nigerian Catholics continued to function as an association within the big umbrella of the Association of African Catholics under Rev. Fr. John Kirby RIP with Rev. Fidelis Chukwu as Co-ordinator.

It was in 1992 that both Rev. Joseph Baffour-Awuah and Rev. Fidelis Chukwu started their training for the Permanent Diaconate and at ordination; Rev. Fidelis Chukwu was officially assigned as Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic Community. This was the time when some Nigerian priests, who had arrived as students, started to take interest in the Nigerian Catholic Community. At the same time, a new association was formed called The Umuigbo Catholic Community.

It was this association that approached the Bishops requesting the appointment of a Chaplain in order to establish an Igbo Chaplaincy. The Bishops’ response, after due consultation with Rev Fidelis Chukwu, was to consider the establishment of the Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy as they could not consider individual ethnic chaplaincies from within a Bishops’ Conference. The discussions were then resumed between the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria with the result that in 2006.

The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy was officially established in England and Wales and Rev. Fr. Albert Ofere was appointed by the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria as Chaplain. Rev Fidelis Chukwu then fully handed over to Rev. Fr. Albert Ofere.


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Rev. Fr. Peter Tochukwu Egboo

Fr. Toochukwu started his journey into the Sacred Priesthood in 1999, from All Hallows Seminary Onitsha and St. Puis Spiritual year Seminary Akwu-ukwu respectively, under Archdiocese of Onitsha. He obtained his bachelor’s degree of Art in Philosophy from Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu and in affiliation with University of Ibadan. Consequently, he acquired his bachelor’s degree in theology from Urbanian University Rome under Blessed Iwene Tansi Theological Major Seminary Onitsha. Fr. Peter Toochukwu was ordained a Catholic Priest on July 10, 2010 by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Maduka Okeke, the Archbishop of Onitsha. Before his appointment into Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy, Fr. Tochukwu was the Parish Priest at St. Vincent De Paul Parish, Owelle/Ukwalla, in Anambra West Local Government Area, Anambra State, Nigeria.

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Rev. Fr. Alexander Izang Atu

Williams Shakespeare once postulated that the world is a stage where everyone climbs and plays his/her role. It is on this stage that Rev. Fr. Alexander Izang Atu was given a part to play on the 4th April 1982 in the Family of Mr/Mrs Moses Izang Atu, in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria. The seed of faith that was sown into the life of little Alexander at Baptism matured into a call to the Catholic Priesthood and he was ordained on 15th October.

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Fr. Matthew ‘Gbenga Madewa

Fr. Matthew ‘Gbenga Madewa joined the Chaplaincy team in January 2016. He is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Southwest Nigeria. Before his posting to the Nigerian Chaplaincy by the Nigerian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, he has worked in various capacities in his home diocese. He has served as Parish Priest, Youth Chaplain, Catholic Parish Charismatic renewal Chaplain, Legion of Mary Diocesan Chaplain

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