OKOGIE, Card. Anthony Olubumi CON, BD, STL, DD

Born June 16, 1936

Lagos State



Anthony Olubunmi

Anthony Olubunmi Okogie is a Cardinal Priest and Retired Archbishop of Lagos State in Roman Catholic Church. Okogie was ordained priest on 11 December 1966. He was consecrated titular Bishop of Mascula in 1971 and in 1973 he was named Archbishop. Okogie holds a licentiate in sacred theology, and had planned to study in Rome, but was called to Nigeria where he was a Curate at the Holy Cross Cathedral. He was drafted into the Nigerian army, and served there as a chaplain. After which he was an instructor at King's College. During his cardinalate, he participated in the conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI and in the conclave of March 2013, which elected Pope Francis. Okogie was proclaimed Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 October 2003, and holds the title of Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano (or in English Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano).
Gender: Male
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State of Origin: Uromi, Edo State
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Working Experience

Cardinal-Priest of Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo a Mostacciano (Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel of Mostacciano), 2003 till Date

Previous Appointments:

– Curate, Holy Cross Cathedral;

– Instructor, King’s College;

– Auxiliary Bishop, Oyo State, 1971-1972;

– Titular Bishop, Mascula, 1971-1973;

– Auxiliary Bishop, Lagos State, 1972-1973;

– President, Christian Association of Nigeria;

– President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, 1994-2004;

– Metropolitan Archbishop, Lagos State, April 13, 1973-May 25, 2012;

Holy Cross School, Lagos; St. Patrick's School, Sapele; St Gregory's College, Lagos; St Theresa Minor Seminary, Ibadan; St Peter and St. Paul's Seminary, Ibadan; Urban University, Rome.

– Commander of the Order of the Niger, 1996;
– Catholic Cardinal, 2003.

– Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Divinity.

– Table tennis;
– Soccer;
– Reading.

Archbishop’s House,
19 Catholic Mission Street,
P.O. Box 8, Lagos.

01 – 2633841; 2635729

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