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The Diocese of Ahiara was created in November 1987and inaugurated on January 31, 1988 as a local diocese. It belongs to Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Imo State, Nigeria, West Africa and is situated in the heart of Igboland in the forest belt of Southern Nigeria. It covers an area of 425 square kilometers. Ahiara Diocese is the most compact and densely populated rural Diocese in Africa. Though, the area is not yet developed into a city, Ahiara Diocese is blessed with several human resources who are noted for their hard work, determination to survive, resourcefulness, divine pioneering spirit and hospitality.

Our Mission

To become a leading diocese in consolidating the Catholic faith through evangelization and the provision of human sustenance.

Diocesan Profile

We are a homogenous community of catholic faithful living in the forest belt of southern Nigeria. Part of the Owerri catholic ecclesiastical province in the heart of Igbo land.
In communion with the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

"Ours is to continue building a diocese united in herself and with the
Universal Church by Christian faith in faith and morals”

(Bishop Victor A. Chikwe).

Brief History of the Catholic Church in Ahiara Diocese, Mbaise

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