Dn Solomon Okovido
Hailing from Nigeria, Solomon was raised in a deeply religious family. While at school, Solomon joined the alter boys’ association in his parish and started serving at mass. It was during this time that he was inspired by his parish priest, Reverend Father Andrew Obinyan. Fr Andrew encouraged Solomon to join the Catholic Charismatic Movement of the parish and the Legion of Mary Society. After graduating from secondary school, he learnt of the Missionaries of God’s Love (MGL) religious order and thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to serve in foreign missions. As part of the MGL, Solomon travelled to Australia in February 2014. During a brief pause in his journey to the priesthood, Solomon studied and worked as a chef in Brisbane, while also being a community support worker. He was very much engaged in the diocesan parish community where he lived, and thanks to the help of a spiritual director, rediscovered his calling to become a priest. At the end of 2016, Solomon found his home in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
Following a year spent working at the St Benedict’s Inner Newcastle parishes, Solomon studied theology at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd. He graduated in early 2021 and was raised to the Order of the Diaconate on 4 December 2021 at St Patrick’s Church in Singleton. He delighted to be given this privilege to serve the good people of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Canonically, this transitional period generally lasts for six months. Following this, Solomon will be able to achieve his dream of becoming a priest. In the meantime, though, he is excited to marry and baptise those in our community, serve the people of Singleton, and proclaim the good word.