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GSE Alumnus Appointed Bishop of Ondo, Nigeria

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A Graduate School of Education (GSE) alumnus has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Ondo in western Nigeria.

Father Jude Arogundade
Photo courtesy of Fordham's Graduate School of Education
Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Father Jude Arogundade (GSE ’05) to the post on Feb. 15. Father Arogundade has been serving as administrator of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Elmsford, N.Y., since 2005.

Father Arogundade was born in Oka-Akoko, Nigeria, in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1990. He came to the United States in 1997 to study at Fordham, earning a master’s degree in religious education. In 2005, he earned a doctoral degree in education administration, also at Fordham.

Bishop-Designate Arogundade will succeed Bishop Francis Alonge, who in March turns 75, the age at which bishops are required by church law to submit their resignations to the Pope. He has held the bishopric in Ondo since 1976.

The diocese has a population of about 3,225,200, of which 265,000 are Catholics, according to the diocesan website. It contains 37 parishes and Mass centers and numbers more than 76 priests.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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