Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Rev. Fr. Paul Adegboyega Olawoore, the coadjutor bishop to the Diocese of Ilorin Kwara State. This was made known in a statement by the Secretary-General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu.
The statement reads: “The Holy Father has appointed Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Ilorin. He is Msgr. Paul Adegboyega Olawoore of the clergy of Oyo. “Until now, Rev. Fr. Paul Adegboyega Olawoore was the Judicial Vicar and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ogbomoso as well as the Dean of the same pastoral area.
Born on November 30, 1961, in Ikuri, Diocese of Oyo, he studied Philosophy and Theology in the Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul in Bodija, Ibadan. “He was ordained priest on October 3, 1992, for the Diocese of Oyo.
The Catholic Diocese of Ilorin was established as Apostolic Prefecture from the Diocese of Ondo on January 20, 1960 and promoted as full-fledged diocese on May 29, 1969. It has an estimated Catholic population of 25,500.
(A coadjutor bishop is much like an auxiliary bishop with special faculties, but there is one big difference: When the diocesan bishop retries or dies, a coadjutor bishop immediately becomes his successor.)