The Order operates under the official protection and blessing of H.E. the Archbishop of Jos, The Most Reverend Matthew Ishaya Audu (received June 2020). The Order is grateful for this endorsement, episcopal blessing and ecclesiastical patronage.
Archbishop Matthew Ishaya Audu was born on June 7, 1959, in Tudu Uku, in the Diocese of Makurdi. After attending the St. James Minor Seminary in Keffi, he completed his philosophical and theological studies at the St. Augustine Major Seminary in Jos.
He was ordained a priest on June 23, 1984, for the Makurdi clergy.
After his ordination, he held the following positions: Deputy parish priest in Keffi (1984-86); Deputy parish priest in Lafia (1986-88); Parish priest of Nasarawa (1988-89); studies in Moral Theology in Rome at the Institute of Moral Theology of the Pontifical Lateran University, Licentiate (1989-91); Professor of Moral Theology and Vice-Rector of the Major Seminary of S. Thomas Aquinas, Makurdi (1992-97); in Rome, for the Degree in Moral Theology at the Alfonsianum (1997-99). From June to December 2000, with the departure of the Rector of the Seminary for a sabbatical year, he was Acting Rector of the Major Seminary of S. Thomas Aquinas, Makurdi.
Elected first Bishop of Lafia on December 5, 2000, he received episcopal ordination on March 31, 2001.
Archbishop Matthew Ishaya Audu
|7 Jun 1959||61.02||Born|
|23 Jun 1984||25.0||Ordained Priest||Priest of Makurdi, Nigeria|
|5 Dec 2000||41.4||Appointed||Bishop of Lafia, Nigeria|
|31 Mar 2001||41.8||Ordained Bishop||Bishop of Lafia, Nigeria|
|6 Jan 2020||60.5||Appointed||Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria|
|31 Mar 2020||60.8||Installed||Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria|
Archbishop Matthew Ishaya Audu (born ) Archbishop of Jos
|Birth Place||Rafin-Pa, Diocese of Oturkpo|
|Ordained Bishop||Nasarawa Polytechnic College, Lafia, Diocese of Lafia|