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July 18, 2018

Msgr Dachelem consecrated Bishop of Bauchi

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On Thursday August 17, all Nigerian roads led to Bauchi State where thousands of Catholics, friends and felicitators thronged the Land-of-Beauty state of the North-East to witness the Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, CMF who was consecrated as the third Catholic Bishop of Bauchi Diocese. The grandeur occasion took place at the Multi-Purpose Indoor Sports Hall Bauchi.


The Principal Consecrator at the acculturated Eucharistic celebration was His Grace Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, while His Grace Most Rev.  Anthony J. V. Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri and Most Rev Wilfred Anagbe, Bishop of Makurdi Diocese were the co-consecrators.


Also present at the event were the new Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Most Rev Antonio Filipazzi, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, and 19 other bishops, over 500priests, the religious, government and traditional dignitaries, the crème de la crème of the society, and people from all walks of life devoid of ethnic and religious affiliations.


The homilist, Most Rev Anthony Obinna who centred his message on the readings of the day (Jeremiah 1:4-7, Psalm 23, 1 Peter4:7-11, John 15:9-17) said that the ordination of Bishop Dachelem was a source of consolation to the Diocese of Bauchi considering the fact that the young diocese which was created in 2004 lost its pioneer Bishop John Moore, SMA and his successor Bishop Malachy Goltok within a short space of time, 2010 and 2015 respectively,(Full text of the homily in subsequent edition). Bauchi Diocese which covers the present Bauchi and Gombe States has a population of about 6.7miillion that spans through the two states. Out of the population about 70,000 are Catholics.


Meanwhile a brief bio-data made available by the Claretian Missionary Fathers East Province, Nigeria said the new bishop, born on June 3, 1966 in Jos Plateau State, after his primary and secondary education joined the Claretian Missionaries in 1986. He made his first profession on September 8, 1988 at Utonkon Benue State and his final vows on September 13, 1993 at Nekede Owerri Imo State. He was ordained a priest on July 1, 1995.


Bishop Dachelem holds the following Academic qualifications: B.Phil Philosophy, MA Theology, MA Project Management, MA Christian Spirituality. He was until his appointment a Doctoral Degree student in Public Analysis and Public Administration at the University of Abuja.


The data however continued by reeling out various functions and ministries in which he has found himself since priestly ordination:


Bursar and Lecturer, Claretian Institute of Philosophy (1995-1999), Claretian Provincial Bursar and Consultor(1999-2005), Member General economic Council, Rome (2003-2006), Prefect of spirituality and Consultor (2005-2010), Parish Priest St Maria Goretti Ikenegbu, Owerri Archdiocese(2005-2010). Others are Parish Priest St John Mary Vianney Parish Kwande, Shendam Diocese(2010-2017), Priest-in-Charge, Church of the Immaculate conception, Upper Hill, Makurdi Diocese(2017-appointment), Lecturer Catechetical Institute, Shendam(2010-2015), and Vicar for Religious Shendam Diocese (2010-2017).


It should be recalled that on Wednesday May 31, 2017, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Hilary Dachelem, CMF as the Bishop of Bauchi.


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