Cardinal Okpaleke Biography, Net worth and Pastoral Profile

Cardinal Okpaleke

Cardinal Okpaleke is a Catholic priest born on March 1, 1963 and was installed as Bishop in 2013 and made a Cardinal on 27 August 2022 by Pope Francis.

Peter Ebere Okpaleke Listen was on born 1 March 1963 in Amesi in Anambra State, Nigeria. He is a Nigerian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been Bishop of Ekwulobia since 29 April 2020.

Basic information about Cardinal Okpaleke are detailed as follows: Full name: Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke Listen; born: March 1, 1963. As Priest: 22 August 1990; as Bishop: 21 May 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI; as Cardinal: 27 August, 2022 by Pope Francis and a wet worth ranging from $50,000- $80,000

Academically, he attended local schools and enrolled into the Bigard Memorial Major Seminary in Ikot-Ekpene and Enugu in 1983, where he studied philosophy and theology from 1983 to 1992.

He has served in different administrative positions within the Church circle in pastoral and administrative positions: Some of which include as university chaplain, parish priest, diocesan finance administrator, diocesan chancellor, and secretary and member of diocesan boards.

He also studied canon law in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. 

Order of Episcopal Profile of Cardinal Okpaleke is as follows: On 22 August 1990, he was ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Nigeria .

On 7 December 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Okpaleke Bishop of Ahiara, Nigeria and consecrated in 2013, but after the local clergy and laity insisted on an Mbaise bishop instead he was installed as bishop of Ekwulobia in 2020.

On 21 May 2013, he was consecrated a bishop and his consecration was held outside the Diocese, in the Major Seminary of Ulakwo in the Archdiocese of Owerri.

On trial moment, the local clergy and parishioners objected to his appointment and prevented him from entering the cathedral in order to take possession of the diocese.

On 9 June 2017, Pope Francis gave clergy in the diocese 30 days to either write a letter promising obedience and accepting Okpaleke as their bishop or be suspended. Clergy sent letters of apology but continued to protest what they saw as racial discrimination.

On 19 February 2018, Pope Francis accepted Okpaleke's resignation as Bishop of Ahiara.

On 5 March 2020, Pope Francis appointed Okpaleke the Bishop of the Diocese of Ekwulobia, a newly created diocese in Anambra State which formerly had its territory under the jurisdiction of Awka Diocese.

On 29 April 2020, Okpaleke was installed as Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese.

on 27 August 2022, Pope Francis made him a cardinal, assigning him to the rank of cardinal priest with the titular church of Ss. Martiri dell’Uganda a Poggio Ameno.

The College of Cardinals is a body of senior priests who support the pope in overseeing the affairs of the church, and they also vote during papal elections. 

He was among the 20 new cardinals sworn in by Pope Francis at St. Peters Square in Rome, making the total numbers of cardinal from 208 to 209.

Cardinal Okpaleke net worth ranges from USD $50,000  to $80,000 according to information obtained by Felix Omoko Blog.