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Patrons/Patroness of the Diocese


Our Lady of the
Immaculate Conception
(Principal Patroness)
December 8th
Our Secondary Patrons
Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael: Sept. 29th


St. John the Baptist
(Secondary Patron)
June 24th
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To God be the glory, the Bishop, his team of clergy, consecrated men and women (Religious) and the laity of the Diocese of Auchi welcome you to our Diocesan website. We do hope the site serves your needs during this visit.

As you encounter our Diocese in this medium, we pray God’s blessings to be upon you and your family. Do remember our Diocese in your daily prayers. Peace be upon you.

Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel Dunia
Bishop of Auchi Diocese

Our Diocese: History & Facts
This history of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Auchi dates back to the latter part of the 19th century when the first Roman Catholic Missionaries arrived at Agenebode in the present Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. Although, evidences abound of earlier contacts of the Christian missionaries with the indigenes of Agenebode and environs, the officially recorded date for this is 1884 when catholic priests started visiting Agenebode and environs from their then headquarters in Lokoja. Later on the missionary headquarters was moved from Lokoja to Asaba. Rt. Rev. Monsignor Carlos Zappa became the prefect of the upper Niger at that time in Asaba. As Prefect, Monsignor Zappa again successfully resumed evangelization works into the interior of Agenebode and its surrounding towns through the River Niger. In 1897, a parish was officially erected at Agenebode (the first parish in the Diocese) with Rev. Fr. Peter Piotin, SMA, as the first parish priest. From Agenebode, other pari... Read more »
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