ABOUT FATHER CHIDI UZOAMAKA EKPENDU
I am Father Chidi U. Ekpendu. I was ordained a priest on August 17, 2002, for the Catholic Diocese of Aba, Nigeria. After my priestly ordination, I was appointed the Vice Rector of the Diocesan Minor Seminary (Annunciation Seminary, Amaudara), where I helped in the formation of young people aspiring to the Catholic priesthood. I served in this capacity for three years, after which the Bishop appointed me Principal of the Diocesan Secondary School (St. Leo the Great Catholic Secondary School, Oberete). Not long after that, my Bishop sent me to the diocese of Treviso, Italy, as a Fidei Donum priest, to serve as Chaplain for the Nigerian Immigrant Catholic Community in the diocese. I exercised this apostolate for eleven and half years (from 2005 – 2016). During this period, my assignment was not limited only to the Nigerian Immigrant Community, as I also helped pastorally in my parish of residence (Parrocchia di San Mauro, Noventa di Piave, Venezia, Italia), and the surrounding Italian parishes within the diocese of Treviso.
While serving as Chaplain for the Nigerian Immigrant Catholic Community, I obtained permission from my Bishop to enroll at St. Pius X Faculty of Canon Law, Venice, Italy, to study Canon Law (The Law of the Church). I successfully completed my studies, and was awarded a Doctorate Degree in Canon Law in July 2016. Before now, I already had Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Theology respectively, from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome.
I arrived the United States in October 2016, to work in the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Since then, I have worked at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church, Glendora, St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, Thousand Oaks, and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Los Angeles; after which the Archbishop appointed me to work full time at the Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese, as a Judge/Defender of the Bond.
I speak my native language (Ibo), English, Italian and Spanish. My hobbies include sports, music, observing nature and reading.
I am grateful to the Archbishop for assigning me to reside in the lovely Parish family of Christ the King. I am also very grateful for the exceptional hospitality and affection of our parishioners, and the Parish Administrator, Father Juan Ochoa. I assure you all of my constant prayers, as I, most humbly, solicit yours for me. God bless you all.