Saint Michael's Church

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

Father Innocent - Parochial Administrator

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Father Innocent

Father Innocent Chibueze Ezeonyeasi, MA, PhD, was ordained on 24 August 2002 for the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria. He celebrates his birthday on 3rd of January. Before he came to the United Kingdom, he worked as Assistant Parish Priest, Parish Priest, Principal, Chaplain to Orlu Diocesan Mass Servers’ Association, Diocesan Liturgical Master of Ceremonies, and the founding Chaplain to St. Camillus Catholic Chaplaincy - Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu.

He was appointed Assistant Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy, England & Wales by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) in April 2009. He became the Principal Chaplain to the Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy, England & Wales in January 2016 and ended his appointment to the Chaplaincy in December that year.

Father Innocent was appointed Assistant Priest at St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, Norbury on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February 2017. He was appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Pollards Hill on 21 June 2019.

Academic Qualifications: Humanities (PhD),Master of Arts, Psychoanalysis (M.A.), Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Phil)

An established author, he has written 
The Sanctuary: A Handbook for Altar Servers (2005), Altar Prayer Companion (2008), The Stations of the Cross - A Diaspora Experience (2010)Channels of Prayer (2013) and Introducing the Marriage Meter (2018).

Father Innocent also organises programmes and workshops to assist young people and adults develop skills for Christian friendship and commitment in marriage. He loves Our Lady - the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a promoter of Marian spirituality according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Mother Theresa and St. John Paul II.