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For the past one month (Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020), the Claretian Missionaries of Nigeria and the entire Claretian Family, worldwide, are coming to the stark reality that, in the loudest and, unarguably, meritorious ovation, Very Rev FR Christian Mary Onwuemenyi Ihedoro, CMF, has taken a bow transiting into eternal glory.

Fondly called Papa by all his Claretian children, Fr Ihedoro whose vocation to the Religious Life was purely an act of divine providence was truly and, without fear of ambiguity, the Founder of the Nigerian Claretian Missionaries. In fact, upon admission, many of us were called “Ndi otu Ihedoro” (members of Ihedoro’s community) or more warmheartedly, “Ndi otu Ndaa Chri!”

While we reserve full orations on the funeral day by multitude of Papa’s adopted children, serve it to say here that the Nigerian Claretian Missionaries (with strong footmarks in Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Ghana, Gabon, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and all over Europe and the USA) have lost one and the only dear parent. Never would anyone fill that vacuum.

Birth: Sunday, November 15, 1931

Religious Profession: Thursday, July 16, 1959

Priestly Ordination: Sunday, April 17, 1966

Transition into Glory: Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020

>>>>Detailed Obsequies<<<<

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

4pm: Vigil Mass

5pm: Night of Tributes at the Claretian Provincialate ( St Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church ) Area A New Owerri, Imo State

Thursday, May 28, 2020

7:30am: Body leaves Holy Rosary Mortuary, Emekuku Owerri, Imo State

8:00am: Lying-in-State at the Martyrs of Barbastro Chapel, Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Maryland, Nekede Old Road, Owerri, Imo State.

11:00am: Funeral Mass

1pm: Interment at the Claretian Cemetery

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem:
exaudi orationem meam,
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine:
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Papa, may the Lord rest your soul. Amen🙏🏿.

(Papa was a community man. We used a group picture for featured image of this story. And we believe that he lives on)

👇🏿Below: Papa, in suit, poses with some of his numerous lovely offspring at the St Louis Retreat Centre, Ijebu-Itele, Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Ogun State, Nigeria – Friday, September 25, 2009.



  1. A man who loves his vocation. He is always on fire with God’s love and seeks to spread it wherever he goes. Papa, your amiable spirit lives on in your beloved children. May our good and gracious God reward you with eternal life in heaven.
    Papa, laa na ndokwa. O ga adiri gi mma. Laa na ndokwa.
    Fr. Patrick Mbazuigwe
    Los Angeles. CA.

  2. My late father told me that fr. Ihedoro suggested my name. When i spoke to him after the death of my father, It was same voice as my father’s and i was comforted, but today, i am fatherless again. May their gentle souls continue to rest in the Lord, Amen.

  3. Rest in peace my late grandfather’s great cousin.
    You were an epitome of service, humility and service.

  4. May his gentle soul rest in peace. As a young boy, I served him as altar boy when he was the Parish Priest of St. Charles Roman Catholic Church Enyiogugu in Aboh Mbaise LGA, Imo State in the early 70s. I was too little to truly appreciate what an enormous influence he possessed and since maturity, have appreciated his influence in the life I live. I garnered lots of inspiration from his homilies. He was an advocate for the less-privileged, a person of peace, faith and conviction and worked for unity. He will be missed.

  5. I grew up in St Paul Catholic Church Nekede knowing Father as a very peaceful and happy person I truly learnt a lot from him, may his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty amen.

  6. Fr. Christian Mary Ihedoro was caring , peaceful and a man full of humility. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

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