St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Pawnee, OK
Reverend Father Desmond Ibeneme
Pastor, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

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Father Desmond Ibeneme was born October 30th, 1977 the fifth of seven children, in Awo-Omamma, Imo State, Nigeria.

He started training for the priesthood at the age of 13 when he entered the Urlu Diocesan preparatory seminary, Bonus Pastor Seminary, Osina. He completed minor seminary formation (equivalent to high school in the U.S.) at St. Mary's Seminary Umuowa in 1995 and om 1997 enrolled in the inter-diocesan major seminary of St. Joseph Ikot-Ekpene for his undergraduate studies in philosophy and after graduating with his Bachelors in Philosophy, he studied theology at Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri and then went on to obtain a post-graduate diploma in education (PGDE) from Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.

After completing his seminary formation, he was ordained to the priesthood on August 18th, 2007, for the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Nigeria.

Father's first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Joseph's Parish Umuhu-Ijabua abd then he served as the principal of St. Gregory's High School, Amiri. In 2009 he became pastor of St Anthony of Padua Parish, Uli, where he served for 8 years.

His first assignment in the Diocese of Tulsa was as Associate Pastor of the Church of St. Benedict, Broke Arrow in 2017 then in 2018 he became Pastor of Scared Heart Parish, Fairfax, St. Joseph Parish, Cleveland and St. Joseph Parish in Hominy where he served for 4 years before becoming Pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Pawnee; Sts. Peter & Paul, Cushing; and St. Mary, Drumright, July 1, 2022.

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