MSP New Superior General


The Missionary Society of St. Paul held her 4th General Chapter from September 2nd to 14th. On September 12, 2013, the Chapter Fathers in the presence of the Ordinary of the Missionary Society of St Paul, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan elected five MSP Priests as members of the General Council for the next six years.  They are:

1. Very Revd Fr Victor Onwukeme, MSP  -  Superior General

2. Very Revd Fr Augustine Ogar, MSP  -  Vicar General

3. Very Revd Fr Raphael Asika, MSP  -  Councillor II

4. Very Revd Fr Robert Kajoh, MSP  -  Councillor III

5. Very Revd Fr Patrick Etuk, MSP  -  Councillor IV

By this election, Very Revd Fr Victor Chike Onwukeme, MSP becomes the fourth elected Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Paul. He was born in Umuchu of Anambra State, Nigeria and had his Primary education at Central School Umuchu. He attended St Dominic Savio Seminary Akpu from class 1-2 and St John Bosco Seminary Isuaniocha from class 3-5 for his secondary school. He did his Prefecting at St John Bosco Seminary Isuaniocha from 1986-1987. In 1987 he gained admission into Missionary Society of St Paul, Formation House, Iperu-Remo Ogun State and later proceeded to the National Missionary Seminary of St Paul, Gwagwalada Abuja in 1989, where he studied Philosophy and Theology in preparation for the priesthood.  Fr. Onwukeme was ordained on June 29, 1996.

After his ordination he worked in the Formation House Iperu-Remo from 1996-1997. He got his LSS at Pontifical Biblical Institute (Biblicum) Rome from 1997-2001and STD at Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas from 2001 -2004. He joined the MSP Seminary, Gwagwalada, Abuja Staff in 2004 being appointed Vice Rector the same year. Fr. Onwukeme was rector of the seminary from 2005 - 2011. He did his Sabbatical year at St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh Northern Ireland UK from 2011 – 2012. After his Sabbatical, he was appointed the parish priest of St Mary's Parish Karu, Abuja Archdiocese until his election as Superior General on September 12, 2013.

The Society is grateful to the members of the immediate former General Council, namely, Very Revd Fr Paul Ofoha, MSP, (Acting Superior General) Very Revd Fr Samuel Igbafe, MSP, Very Revd Fr Anthony Ekanem, MSP and Very Revd Fr Raphael Asika, MSP for their selfless sacrifices and commitment in leading the Society through some quite challenging times and circumstances. God bless the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria!