Friday, Jul 15, 2022
Prof. Kelechi Alozie is from Umuagbai, Aba Local Government Area, Abia State, Nigeria. He did his philosophical studies at the Claretian University, Maryland Nekede, Owerri, Nigeria, which is affiliated with the Pontifical University of Rome, Italy, where he obtained three bachelor’s degrees. He then attended the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology. He also has a degree in Spanish from the Universidad de Gran Colombia, Bogotá.
He was ordained a priest on June 28, 2008 in Soacha Bosa, Cundinamarca, Colombia by Bishop Daniel Caro Borda, after which he ministered for two years at St. Joseph’s Church, Aba, Nigeria. This was followed by two more years in two parishes in the Diocese of Aba. He then traveled to the United States, where he ministered in Los Angeles for eight years. In 2020, he arrived in the Diocese of Salt Lake City and was appointed parish vicar of St. George Parish in St. George. On August 3, he will begin his new assignment as administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Magna.
What would you like your new parishioners to know about you?
I want them to see me as a member of the parish community and as their priest. I would like them to understand that we have a common mission which is the mission of Our Lord Jesus. I would like to identify with them through my pastoral commitment. I will also engage in spiritual direction when needed and add value to different faith communities.
What do you expect the most from your new mission?
I look forward to developing a good pastoral relationship with the parishioners, where everyone will be loved, honored and respected. In other words, it is my desire to create a healthy spiritual environment for the members of my parish community.
As a priest, what has been your greatest challenge?
The question of challenges in life is natural. My biggest challenge in life was the death of my parents, which was very traumatic, not only for me but for my whole family. I felt that I had lost everything. Emotionally, I was traumatized. I survived the challenge by the grace of God.
As a priest, what has been your most satisfying experience?
My most satisfying experience is when I perform my priestly duty well and see a positive result. I am also overjoyed when I see the expression of joy and happiness among God’s people during/after the celebration of one of the sacraments. And least but not last, when I see the growth of faith in the lives of the people I have served, I am truly satisfied.