About Us
Incorporated in March 15, 1958, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, is the organ of unity, communion and solidarity for the millions of Catholics spread across the thirty six states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. It is the forum wherein the collegiality of the Nigerian Catholic bishops, as successors of the Apostles in union with the Pope, is expressed and where the idea of the Church as family is signified. Through the Conference, the archbishops and bishops of the 54 ecclesiastical jurisdictions, as shepherds of souls in their archdioceses and dioceses, are able to pray together, study together, and work together; and with one voice, are able to speak and spearhead the teaching, prophetic and pastoral ministry of the Catholic Church in Nigeria.

The Bishops' Conference is headed by an executive body made up of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Assistant Secretary. The plenary session of the Conference is held twice a year, for prayer, study and deliberations on important issues concerning the evangelizing mission of the Church in Nigeria, the pastoral care of the faithful, and the promotion of human dignity, human rights, truth, justice, reconciliation, peace and wholesome development in the wider society.

President: Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama (Archbishop of Jos);
Vice–President: Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze (Archbishop of Benin City);
Secretary: Most Rev. William Avenya (Bishop of Gboko);
Assistant Secretary: Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye (Bishop of Ekiti).


1. Pastoral Affairs - Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, (Archdiocese of Onitsha)
2. Church & Society - Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, (Bishop of Umuahia Diocese)
3. Pastoral Agents - Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma, (Bishop of Orlu Diocese)
4. Mission & Dialogue - Most Rev. John Niyiring, (Bishop of Kano Diocese)
5. Directorate of Social Communications - Most Rev Godfrey Onah, (Bishop of Nsukka Diocese)

1. Pastoral / Liturgy - Most Rev. Valerian Okeke (Archbishop of Onitsha)
2. Canon Law - Most Rev. Camillus Etukudoh (Bishop of Port Harcourt)
3. Pilgrimages, Congresses & Synods - Most Rev Stephen Dami Mamza (Bishop of Yola)
4. Rel. Edu., Biblical Apostolate & Catechesis - Most Rev. Michael Elue (Bishop of Issele-Uku)
5. Inculturation & Translation - Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin (Archbishop of Ibadan)
6. Theology - Most Rev. Joseph Ekuwem (Archbishop of Calabar)
7. Laity - Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor (Bishop of Awka)
8. Seminary - Most Rev. Michael Apochi (Bishop of Otukpo)
9. Clergy - Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma (Bishop of Orlu)
10. Youth - Most Rev Peter Odetoyinbo (Bishop of Abeokuta)
11. Education - Most Rev. Jude Arogundade (Bishop of Ondo)
12. Health - Most Rev Anselm Umoren (Aux. Bishop of Abuja)
13. Family & Human Life - Most Rev Anthony Adaji (Bishop of Idah)
14. JDPC - Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji (Bishop of Umuahia)
15. Inter-religious Dialogue - Most Rev. Matthew Kukah (Bishop of Sokoto)
16. Ecumenism - Most Rev Mathew Audu (Bishop of Lafia)
17. Mission - Most Rev. John Niyiring (Bishop of Kano)
18. Ethics - Most Rev Charles Hammawa (Bishop of Jalingo)
19. Finance - Most Rev John Okoye (Bishop of Awgu)
20. Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) - Most Peter Okpaleke (Bishop of Ahaira)
21. Religious - Most Donatus Ogun (Bishop of Uromi)

Pro-Chancellor VERITAS University of Nigeria: Most Rev. Anthony Obinna (Archbishop of Owerri)

Pro Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA): Most Rev Hilary Okeke (Bishop of Nnewi)

Opus Securitatis: Most Rev. John Onaiyekan (Archbishop of Abuja)


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