Biography of Father Osang Idagbo, C.M.

November 22, 2015

Birth and parents

Fr. Osang was born to the family of Justice Ochikry Idagbo (now deceased) and Mrs. Bernadette Idagbo. He is the fourth in a family of five brothers.

Entrance into Congregation and studies

Fr. Osang joined the Congregation of the Mission (The Vincentians) as a Postulant in October 1995.  His first commitment to the congregation (Bon propo or “promise of good purpose”) was made in August 1997 at St. Justin’s Internal Seminary, Ogobia, Benue State, Nigeria.  Thereafter, he studied Philosophy at St. Joseph Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria, from October 1997 till June 2001 and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (B.A. and B. Phil.)  From October 2001 till June 2005, he studied Theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu Nigeria, and obtained another Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (B. Th.)

Incorporation, Diaconate and Priestly Ordination

Fr. Osang’s incorporation into the Congregation of the Mission was on September 27th (Feast of St. Vincent de Paul) 2004 at St. Vincent de Paul House, Enugu.  He was ordained a transitional Deacon on the 26th of December 2004 by Archbishop Joseph Ukpo, the Metropolitan of Calabar Ecclesiastical Province at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Calabar. On July 8th 2005 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Renzo Fratini, Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria (amongst four other Vincentians) at St. Joseph Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene.

Appointments

After his ordination, Fr. Osang was appointed to serve as the Provincial Secretary of the Congregation of the Mission, Vice-Province of Nigeria, a position he held for three years.  Besides serving as the Secretary of the Congregation, he also served as the Treasurer of the Provincial House of the Congregation in Nigeria. He was a Chaplain to the Catholic students of Girls Grammar School Awkunanaw, Enugu (An Anglican Girls High School), a Chaplain to St. Louise de Marillac Hostel, Enugu (a hostel for female college students), and an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Maryland, Enugu. On arrival in the Diocese of Belleville in September 2008, Fr. Osang spent a month at Bishop Braxton’s residence for some orientation. He was then appointed as the Temporary Sacramental Minister at SS. Peter and Paul, Waterloo. In July of 2009 Fr. Osang was appointed as the Parish Administrator of SS. Peter and Paul, Waterloo.

Hobbies

Fr. Osang’s hobbies include tennis, badminton, volleyball, reading novels, cycling, and listening to classical music. He is also interested in Information Technology and working with electronic devices.