Parish of Guardian Angel / St. Columba

Rev. Francis Okoli

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Rev. Francis Okoli


Fr. Francis was born in Nigeria in a family of eight. Before his Priestly Ordination in 2000 he studied Mass Communication, Computer electronics, Philosophy and Theology.

He served as a Priest and school manager in the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe from 2000 to 2007.During August 2007, Fr. Francis migrated to United States and got affiliated with the Archdiocese of New York and has served in the capacity of Pastoral Counselor in Beth Israel Medical Center NY 2007 - 2012, at Westchester Medical Center 2009 – 2010 and at Bellevue Hospital Center 2010 to date. 

As a resident priest in Epiphany Church (Manhattan) 2007 – 2011, Fr. Francis he also served as a visiting priest at the parishes of Our lady of Victory and Our Lady of Peace, both also in the New York borough of Manhattan. As of 2011, Fr. Francis is a resident of St. Columba parish where he exercises his priestly ministry.

Besides being a priest, Fr. Francis is a trained and talented auto and electronics technician.

About Us

    Rev. James Hauver
       - Pastor
    Rev. Tomas Del Valle
    Msgr. Walter Niebrzydowksi
    Rev. Francis Okoli
    Sr. Rose Daly, C.N.D.
    Marion DeRosa
       - Parish Manager
    Rev. Chrisanth Mugasha
    Ivelisse Sanchez
       - Religious Education
    Elizabeth Foley
       - Adult Ed. Coordinator
    David Strickland
       - Music Director