Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Ikechukwu Okonkwo, a member of the Congregation of Claretian Missionaries (CMF), became the Second Registrar of Veritas University, Abuja on 1st February, 2013. Fr. Okonkwo was ordained a Catholic Priest on 6th July, 1991. He studied Philosophy in the Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede, Imo State, an Affiliate of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. He further obtained his Masters of Arts (MA) in Theology from the Spiritan International School of Theology Attakwu, Enugu after which he proceeded to the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome where he obtained a Licentiate in Utriusque Juris (J.U.L) in 2003. He also obtained a Juris Utriusque Doctor (JUD) from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome in 2005.
A lover of the academia, Rev. Fr. Okonkwo lectured Latin, Greek and Hebrew at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede, and was the Acting Dean of Studies and Registrar of the same Institute. Rev. Fr. Okonkwo has held different leadership positions in the Church. He has been both Associate Pastor and Parish Priest at different Parishes in Imo State and he was the Catholic Chaplain at the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, and Assistant Catholic Chaplain for Imo State Catholic Corpers. He was also the Associate Pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish, Lakeland Florida and Chaplain at St. Elizabeth Hospital, New Jersey, USA. On his return, Fr. Peter Okonkwo lectured Canon law at the Spiritan International School of Theology, Attakwu, Enugu. He was the Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and is currently the Acting Chairman of Abuja Archdiocesan Tribunal.
Rev. Fr. Okonkwo has published several works both in the academic and religious fora. Some of his works, both published and unpublished, including pamphlets and articles are; “The Un-examined life, Campus Secret Cults in Nigeria” (a Paper presented to the Annual Convention of Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students), “Youths and Evangelization, Canonization of Civil Laws in Nigeria” (a Paper presented to the Canon Law Professional Association of Nigeria).
Rev. Fr. Okonkwo speaks Igbo, English and Italian fluently and has a reading knowledge of Latin, Spanish, French and Greek languages. Some of his hobbies include playing soccer and tennis, attending educational conferences, seminars and symposia. He also enjoys directing Parish/Diocesan retreats.