However, the church under the pastoral guidance of Rev. Fr. Barr. Festus Nwadike, witnessed a rapid structural transformation and beautification…
Work did not begin on the Church until 19… Archbishop … blessed the new church after construction was finished in…. Even then, work continued for many years as the building we know now was brought to completion at the time of Rev. Fr…Festus Nwadike who also…saw the construction of…grottos, church hall…the magnificent Parish House…the rex christus college..
The altar was remodeled in…
Construction was completed in …. 19…, and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja Archdiocese dedicated Christ the King Catholic Church on …., 19…..[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]There was also Mr. Thomas Bisong who provided the initial leadership role. Through the concerted effort of pioneer Catholics, the first Mass was celebrated on the 9th April, 1989 at PW Rev. Fr. Aloysius Udoh by virtue of his position as the Parish Priest of St. Kizito Catholic Church which is now known as St. Theresa Catholic Parish Bwari whose supervisory role covered Kubwa. Incidentally, Chief and Mrs. Clement O. Ogar were also the first people to Wed in the new makeshift Church on 27th October, 1990.
Mr. Alfred Ozoemene, became the first Council Chairman who, along with other played pivotal roles which culminated in the first harvest and bazaar held in 1991 at which the sum of N21, 000 was realized. In a nutshell, this gestation period marked the beginning of the development and growth of the edifice known today as C. K. C. Parish, Kubwa.
In 1992, Rev. Fr. Patrick Lambert Udoma purchased the present site of C. K. C. The site was blessed by a visiting bishop, Josef Stimpfley, Bishop of Osborne in Germany, a friend His Eminence, Late Dominic Cardinal Ekandem, the first Bishop and Metropolitan Archbishop of AbujaThe late Cardinal, in support of the efforts of these devout Catholics provided financial assistance- (N70, 000), which[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]was used for the construction of a make-shift building to serve as a place of worship for the congregation.
On Saturday, 21st November, 1992, the foundation stone of C. K. C Kubwa was laid by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. John O. Onayekan, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja. that C. K. C Parish became known as the “Golden Parish” was not by any exercise of sentiment but by Divine Direction. History has it that Monsignor Kenneth Inyang after some inspirational prayers was directed by the Holy Spirit to donate golden Ciborium he bought from Jerusalem to C. K. C. Parish. Since then, the parish became known as the “Golden Parish”. In the course of it’s evolution and growth, CKC has come under the shepherdship of a number of Priests.
When the Church was granted a Parish status in 1992, Rev. Fr. Patrick Lambert Udoma who became the first Parish Priest.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”248″ img_size=”870 x 450″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
Other Priests that have served in the parsish
- Fr. Donatus Akpan PP- 4th March 1994- 27th June 2001
- Fr. Christopher Bologo APP-
- Fr. James Akpaher- APP
- Rev Fr. Thomas Edogbanya- APP
- Rev Fr. Aloysius Isua PP 27th June, 2001- Jan., 2004
- Rev Fr. Ephraim Asanausung APP- 27th June, 2001- Aug, 2003
- Rev Fr. Cyril Nwafor APP- Aug., 2003- Jan., 2004
- Rev Fr. Elias Goewam PP, Jan, 2004, 2010
- Fr. Boniface Ngene, [Associate] January, 2004- April, 2006
- Fr. Kunle J. Dukiya [Associate]- April, 2006- 2008
- Fr. Christopher Damina [Associate] Sept. 2008- 2010
- Fr. Barr. Festus Nwadike [Parish Priest]- Sept, 2009-May 2015
- Fr. Mathew Dajo (Associate)
- Fr. Stanley Ekwuagha (Associate)
- Fr. Jude Oniah (Associate)
- Fr. Mathew Kwaggas Associate)
- Fr. Daniel Bot (Associate)
Rev. Fr. Elias Goewam who is a conscientious and silent worker, took over the mantle of sheparding the flock. From January, 2004, a lot of construction works took place- the marbling of the altar, the painting of the church, the plastering of the perimeter fencing of the church and whole lot were achieved under this period.
When Fr. Nwadike took over, he and his associates, Rev. Fr. Damina made various moves towards the reconciliation of the faithful.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today, there is reasonable level of harmony amongst the church actors. Amongst the many achievements of the Rev. Fr Nwadike’s era are:
- The completion of the grotto which was commissioned on the 24th of Oct 2010
- The composition of the Parish Anthem
- The adoption of a parish uniform
- The rapid development of the Rex Christus College
- The remodeling of the altar
- The building of a new boys’ quarters within the parish house
- And ultimately, the completion of the magnificent parish house amongst other
It is instructive to note that C. K. C parish has grown over the years and given birth to St. Luke’s parish Kubwa, All Saints Parish Dutse, Pope John Paul II Quasi Parish and ST John Mary Vianny Kubwa amongst others.
- K. C as a parish has all the administrative organs- the PPC- the highest administrative body, the laity council- the liturgical institution of the church, and other relevant organs of the church.
Today, the success stry of C. K. C Kubwa is found on the support given by the various societies and organizations, associations and also the parish pastoral council under the able leadership of Bro Charles Ebiai KSM.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]