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Pastoral Visit Schedules

Most weekends of the year, the bishop travels to parishes and institutions to oversee the people of God under his pastoral care. It is a wonderful time to have a one-on-one interaction with the bishop and be inspired in the mutual work of bearing witness to Christ.

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Health Services

Orlu diocese is actively involved in providing affordable health care services to our population. There are a number of hospitals across the different regions of the diocese where you will receive a good medical attention that is affordable.

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V./ O God, come to our aid.

R./ O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever virgin, to blessed Dominic our father, to all the saints, and to you my brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly; by thought, word, deed and omission, through my fault: and I beseech you to pray for me.

V./ May Almighty God have Mercy on us, forgive us all our sins, and may He free us from all evil, keep us safe and strengthen us in every good work, and bring us to eternal life.

R./ Amen.


Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;

Change and decay in all around I see;

O thou who changes not, abide with me.

Hold thou thy Cross before my closing eyes;

Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;

Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.


Ant. Do not hide your face from me, for in you have I put my trust.

Psalm 142(143):I-II

Lord, listen to my prayer:* turn your ear to my appeal.

You are faithful, you are just; give answer.

Do not call your servant to judgement

for no one is just in your sight.

The enemy pursues my soul;

he has crushed my life to the ground;

he has made me dwell in darkness

like the dead, long forgotten.

Therefore my spirit fails,

my heart is numb within me.

I remember the days that are past:

I ponder all your works.

I muse on what your hand has wrought* and to you I stretch out my hands.

Like a parched land my soul thirsts for you.

Lord, make haste and answer;

for my spirit fails within me.

Do not hide your face

Lest I become like those in the grave.

In the morning let me know your love

for I put my trust in you.

Make me know the way I should walk:

to you I lift up my soul.

Rescue me, Lord, from my enemies;

I have fled to you for refuge.

Teach me to do your will

for you, Lord, are my God.

Let your good spirit guide me

in ways that are level and smooth.

For your name’s sake, Lord, save my life;

in your justice save my soul from distress.

Ant. Do not hide your face from me, for in you have I put my trust.


I Pet 5,8-9

Be calm but vigilant, because your enemy the devil is prowling round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat. Stand up to him, strong in faith.


In pace, in idipsum *Dormiam et requiescam.

V./ Si dedero somnum oculis meis, et palpebris meis dormitationem,

R./ Dormiam et requiescam.

V./ Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

R./ In pace, in idipsum *Dormiam et requiescam.

[In peace and into the same I shall sleep and rest.�

V./ If I give slumber to my eyes� and to my eyelids drowsiness,

R./ I shall sleep and rest.

V./ Glory to the Father, and to the Son,� and to the Holy Spirit.

R./ In peace and into the same I shall sleep and rest.]

Ant: Save us Lord while we awake. Protect us while we sleep. That we may keep watch with Christ, and rest with him in peace.

Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

At last, all-powerful Master, you give leave to your servant

to go in peace, according to your promise.

For my eyes have seen your salvation

which you have prepared for all nations,

the light to enlighten the Gentiles

and give glory to Israel, your people.

Glory be to the Father, and the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit:

as it was �in the beginning, is now, and� ever shall be,

world without end. Amen.

Ant.: Save us Lord while we awake. Protect us while we sleep. That we may keep watch with Christ, and rest with him in peace.


In your mercy, Lord,

dispel the darkness of this night.

Let your household so sleep in peace,

That at the dawn of a new day,

they may, with joy, waken in your name.

Through Christ our Lord.

R./ Amen.


V./ May the Lord grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

R./ Amen.


Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,

vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes

in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos

misericordes oculos ad nos converte;

Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
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On November 1, Solemnity of All Saints, All Saints Parish Okwuabala Ihioma was dedicated to God almighty by his Lordship Most Rev. Augustine Tochuckwu Ukwuoma, Catholic Bishop of Orlu. It was a day of great joy and fulfilment for the incumbent parish priest, Fr. Chibuike Ukeh, the past parish priests and the Catholic community. The Holy mass was concelebrated by his Lordship Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha and host of priests from within and outside the diocese. To God be the greater glory. ... See MoreSee Less

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POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS REV. FR. MOSES CHIKWE Auxiliary Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese. Congratulations to him. To God be the glory.
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On 27th of September 2019, at about 3:00pm, his Lordship Most Rev.Dr. Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma extended his pastoral love and care which was powerfully concretized in presenting a brand-new tricycle to Mrs Anthonia Onwuzuruike.
In a brief chat with His Lordship by the Forum on what propelled the diocese to such memorable event. He exclaimed, "we are obliged to do charity since it brings to life again those who are spiritually dead." Thus, charity begins at home but does not end there.However, he made it clear that the need for such unforgettable gift is for easy and difficult-free movement. He equally encouraged her in her profession and advised her to continue striving because once there is life, there is hope.
Finally, Mrs Anthonia with tears of joy thanked his Lordship for such wonderful gift and departed with great joy.
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Support Our Mission

As the Holy Father Pope Francis has called on the Church to go out in the peripheries, bearing witness to Christ in everyday life, the Local Church of Orlu is committed to this primary task of the Church in the world. We do this through various pastoral initiatives and apostolates. There are equally numerous projects through which we impact lives and society where we live. Your prayers and donations could help us in carrying out the mission.