fr. Aniedi OKURE
Director and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations | General Promoter of Justice and Peace of the Order of Preachers | Contact
Until his appointment, Aniedi was the Executive Director of the Washington DC based Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN), a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at The Catholic University of America and Executive Officer for Jubilee USA. For about nine years at AFJN, he engaged on advocacy for just US-Africa policies, the formation and training of Civil Society Groups based on Catholic Social Teaching and techniques of contextual social analysis and mobilizing them for practical advocacy for structural change, and on issues that impact their communities.
Previously, he served as Coordinator of Ethnic Ministry at the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops, serving migrant communities, and as Vicar Provincial for North America and the Caribbean of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana. His pastoral ministry experience in Nigeria, the United States, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, includes serving as chaplain to the Nigerian Federation of Catholic Students, associate at St. Ambrose Parish Boston, USA Chaplain at the University of Ife, Nigeria, Chaplain to the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, USA. He taught at several universities in the United States and in Nigeria. For many years, he conducted workshops and seminars on intercultural competency for international pastoral ministers. He holds a Masters degree in Religion and Culture, a Masters degree in Social Sciences and a Doctorate in Sociology.