Monsignor Anthony Ovayero Ewherido is 62 years old and Professor of Biblical theology and languages.
Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido, 62, professor of biblical theology and languages and rector of the Inter-diocesan Seminary of SS. Peter and Paul, Bodija, Ibadan, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Warri on December, 29 2022.
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Monsignor Ewherido takes over from Archbishop Augustine Akubeze of Benin City, who served as Apostolic Administrator of the Warri Diocese following the retirement of Bishop John Okeoghene Afareha in April 2022.
His appointment has brought to an end the waiting and speculation over who would emerge as bishop with the retirement of Bishop John Okeoghene Afareha about seven months ago.
Msgr. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido Biography.
Monsignor Ewherido was born on October 8, 1960, in Eghwu, Ughelli South, Delta State.
After attending the minor seminary in Effurun, he completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Saints Peter and Paul major seminary in Ibadan.
He went further, to St. John’s University and Fordham University in New York, where he earned a doctorate in biblical studies. Later, he also obtained a diploma from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.
Monsignor Anthony Ovayero Ewherido was ordained a Catholic priest on October 18, 1986, incardinating in the Diocese of Warri.
Following his appointment, Monsignor Ewherido becomes the third rector of Bodija Seminary to be appointed bishop, after John Onaiyekan in 1982 and Francis Adesina in 2019.
Monsignor Anthony Ovayero Ewherido becomes the first Urhobo son to be appointed Bishop of Warri Diocese since the establishment of the diocese in 1964.