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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.


The Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka hails from the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria. He was ordained a priest in 1994 following a four year philosophical studies and a four year theological studies from Urban University Rome. He was assigned to teach in the diocesan seminary as well as nurture vocations to the priesthood as assistant vocation director. Within the first year of his teaching assignment in the seminary, his Bishop also appointed him the pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Umutanze as well as Chaplain to the Nigeria School of Immigration, Umuowa, Imo State. He faithfully carried out these assignments from 1994 to 1999 before being granted a Study Leave to the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. In Louvain, Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka had the opportunity to develop himself in the academic field as well as in the priestly ministry. Within the seven years of his sojourn in Louvain, Rev. Mbidoaka acquired the following academic degrees:

1999-2000: Masters in Religious Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

2000-2001: Masters in Theology (S.T.L.), Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

2001-2005: Masters in Educational Sciences, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

2001-2006: Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

2001-2006: Canonical Doctor of Theology (S.T.D.) (Ministry & Sacramentology), Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

In the course of his studies in Belgium, Rev. Mbidoaka did parish ministry around the globe, spanning from 1999 to 2006: these include:

1999: Certification in the German Language (in the city of Ebermannstadt)

1999-2003: Certification in the Flemish Language (Dutch)

2000: Ministry in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland (St. Teresa of Lisieux) Ministry in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland (St. Mary’s Calton)

2001: Ministry in the Archdiocese of Bamberg, Germany: (Kath. Pfarramt St. Kunigund Ministry in the Diocese of Basel, Switzerland (Pfarrei Bern, Dreifaltigkeit)

2002: Ministry in the Archdiocese of Bamberg, Germany: Kath. Pfarramt St. Ludwig

2003: Ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Limerick, Ireland (St Munchin’s Parish)

2004: Ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, CA (Mission Dolores Parish)

2005: Ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN (Holy Angels Parish)

Following his doctorate in 2006 and with the permission of his Bishop, Rev. Mbidoaka returned to the United States and worked in these capacities.

2006-2007: Clinical Pastoral Education, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN. Staff Chaplain, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

2007-2014: Administrator, St. Rita Parish Indianapolis, IN

Alongside his ministry as a priest, Rev. Dr. Mbidoaka has engaged in professional teaching in different academic institutions, namely:

2007-2012: Adjunct Professor of Theology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terra Haute, Indiana.

2007-2014: Adjunct Professor of Theology, St. Joseph’s College Rensselaer, Indiana. (Ecclesial Lay Ministry program, sponsored by the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana)

2007-2014: Adjunct Professor of Religion, University of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Among the awards/recognitions Rev. Dr. Mbidoaka received include:

2010: Recognition of Excellence by the African Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN.

2011: Judith K. Shanahan, SP., Service Award: Ministers of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College:

2012: Certificate of Dedication as a faculty member of the Ecclesial Lay Ministry Program from the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, under the auspices of Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana.

2012: Life Time Achievement Award: St. Rita Catholic Community

2013: Father of the Year Award: Knights of Peter Claver Court #97, Indianapolis, IN.

Rev. Dr. Mbidoaka belongs to the following Professional Associations:

 The American Academy of Religion

 The Catholic Theological Society of America

 The American Catholic Historical Association

 The American Association of University Professors

His hobbies include: research, traveling, golfing, fishing, ping pong, Lawn Tennis, movies, etc. Rev. Mbidoaka speaks four languages: English, German, Flemish and Igbo.

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