Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido as the new Bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Warri (Nigeria). Anthony Ovayero Ewherido, of the same clergy, currently Rector of the SS. Peter and Paul interdiocesan Major Seminary, Ibadan.
His Exc. Msgr. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido was born on October 8, 1960 in Eghwu, in the Diocese of Warri.
After attending the Minor Seminary in Effurun, he completed his philosophical and theological studies at the SS. Peter and Paul Major Seminary in Ibadan. He later earned his Doctorate in Biblical Studies at St 'John's University and Fordham University in New York. Subsequently, he also obtained a diploma from the Pontifical Ateneo Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
He was ordained a priest on 18 October 1986, incardinated in the Diocese of Warri.
He has held the following offices: assistant parish priest of St. Jude's in Effurun (1986-1987); Rector of the Holy Martyr's of Uganda Minor Seminary in Effurun (1988-1992); Parish priest of the Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church in Effurun (1992-1994); residential priest with pastoral duties at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Floral Park (1994-2005) and at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Coram, New York (1995-2006); Chaplain at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY (1995-2006); Parish priest of the Sacred Heart in Abraka, Nigeria (2006-2007); since 2007, Formator and Lecturer at the SS. Peter and Paul Interdiocesan Major Seminary in Ibadan; Vice-rector of the SS. Peter and Paul interdiocesan Major Seminary (2013-2019); Lecturer at the Dominican Institute in Samonda, Ibadan (2013-2021); since 2019, Rector of the SS Peter and Paul interdiocesan Major Seminary. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/12/2022)