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fr_okwuru Very Rev Fr Dr. Christian Onyems Okwuru, SMMM, Superior General of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation, Nigeria was born in Nunya in Isuikwuato Local Government Area, Abia State. He attended Nunya Central School, Abia State from 1974 to 1980 for Primary Education and Isuikwuato High School, Isuikwuato from 1981 to 1986 for Secondary Education.

He was admitted into the Notiviate of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy Congregation in the year 1990 and made his First Religious Profession on 7th September, 1991. He proceeded to Bigard Memorial Major Seminary Enugu for his Philosophy and Theology studies.

Fr. Christian made his perpetual vows on 3rd November, 1999 and was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood for our Congregation on 22nd July, 2000.

Fr. Christian was the Secretary General of our Congregation between August 2000 to August 2001 and Principal Lucy Memorial Secondary School, Amairi Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State from 2002 to 2005. In the year 2005, he proceeded to Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium where he obtained his Licentiate and Masters in Canon Law. In 2011, he obtained his Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Canon Law and Iuris Canonici Doctorate (JCD) from the same University. He later went on mission to the Diocese of Aachen in Germany until his election as the Superior General.

He was elected Superior General on 24th September 2021 and has been serving in this capacity till date.