Father Innocent Okozi, SMA, (pictured below) has been appointed parochial vicar of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough, St. John and Holy Cross Parish in South Portland, and St. Bartholomew Parish in Cape Elizabeth. He is currently pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish (churches comprising these parishes listed above).
Raised in a Catholic household in southern Nigeria, Fr. Okozi made his final commitment to the Society of African Missions on December 2, 1994, and was ordained a priest on December 8, 1995, in Ibadan, Nigeria. After his ordination, Fr. Okozi served the pygmy population in the Central African Republic for three years before performing formation work as assistant rector and spiritual director at the SMA International Spiritual Year Center in Benin and then as assistant rector and dean of students at the SMA seminary in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 2004, Fr. Okozi was sent on mission to the United States. While working with the U.S. Province of the SMA based in New Jersey, he attended Seton Hall University and earned a master’s degree in psychological studies and a doctorate in counseling psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maine in Orono. Fr. Okozi also engaged in pastoral ministry for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, serving as a parochial vicar and pastoral associate at parishes.
Fr. Okozi has been involved in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Portland since August of 2009, filling in at a number of parishes until 2012 when he was named a part-time parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville. In July of 2013, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish.
Fr. Okozi will celebrate his first Masses in our Cluster at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church on the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. He will celebrate Mass at St. Maximilian Kolbe on Saturday, October 3rd at 5:00pm. He will celebrate Mass at St. Maximilian Kolbe on Sunday, October 4th at 8:00am and 10:30am.
WELCOME FR. OKOZI!