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Tears In Auchi As Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia Is Laid To Rest


Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia-Ogedegbe who was abducted at his rectory in Ikabigbo, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria on the 26th of June, 2022 and was later murdered by his abductors on the same day, has been laid to rest at the Auchi Diocesan Priests' cemetery located at Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary, Ivianokpodi yesterday 8th July, 2022.

The burial rites began with a wake keep Masses held on Thursday 7th July, 2022 at the Cathedral at 5:00pm, 9:00pm and 6:00am on Friday morning. The three Masses were celebrated by Rev. Frs. Gregory Ogbenika, Sylvester Attashie and Valentine Anaweokhai respectively assisted by a good number of Priests present. 

The final burial rites which was the funeral Mass, was held at the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary, Ivianokpodi. The Mass was celebrated by the Cheif Shepherd of the Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel G. Dunia and graced by Priests, Religious, Christian faithful; both Catholics and other denominations as well as Muslim sympathizers. Also present at the event was the Acting Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu.


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Burial Rite For Late Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia

Date: 2022-07-07 - 2022-07-08

The Burial Rite for late Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia-Ogedegbe comes up this week as follows: WAKE KEEP: 5:00PM, 9:00PM & 6:00AM on Thursday 7th July, 2022 @ Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Auchi FUNERAL MASS: 10:00AM on Friday 8th July, 2022 @ Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary, Ivhianokpodi

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logoThe Diocese history 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.

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