Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church

Our Parish Mission Statement

‘Nuestra Senora de La Luz’ is a community that comes together to model Jesus to all people by addressing physical concerns and spiritual matters, and to do as Jesus did, giving everything to bring people into a closer relationship with God, in celebration.


Our Vision

We will invite young people to come to church with a goal of increasing family

involvement by 20 percent.

Rev. Marcel Okonkwo


Andy Weiss


Rev. Dr. Marcel Okonkwo

My name is Rev. Marcel Okonkwo. I came from the family of nine children. I and twin brother are the fifth in position among the nine children. My mother had twins two consecutive times. They are boys. In all the nine Children, we have two women and seven men. PARENTS: The names of my parents are Late Mr and Mrs. Patrick and Philomena Okonkwo. My country of originis Nigeria, my town is Arondizuogu,

My diocese is Orludiocese in Nigeria,with Africa.


BIRTH: 7th April, 1978.


EDUCATION: Primary school in our Diocesan mission school (1983-1989)Junior seminary Formation and senior with West African Certificates(1989-1995) Dip. Latin and French languages (1995-1996) Spiritual year formation (preparatory course for senior seminary formation) (1996-1997)BA, Philosophy(From the senior seminary)(1997/98-2001/2) BA, Theology. (From the senior seminary) (2002-2006) MA, theology (From Catholic University in Nigeria (2006-2007) MA, ED., Catholic School Leadership and Administration at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA., USA (2012) PhD, Education Leadership,Indiana USA, 2016. 2nd PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Colorado, USA (2019)


BOOKS PUBLISHED: Eight books, 36 articles and

7 Journals.


ORDINATION: 18th August, 2007.



•  4 Years Dean/teaching in the Seminary (2007-2011)

• Personal secretary to our diocesan bishop (2011-2012)

• Coordinator of Diocesan Liturgy Commission (DLC) (2008-2012)

• Chaplain International Secondary School, Orlu (2009 -2011)

   - Chaplain Imo State Teaching Hospital, Orlu (2009-2011)

• Pastor, St Aloysius Parish, Ohakpu, Orlu (2012-2012)

• Resident priest, St. Augustine Church, Culver City. USA. (2012-Feb. 2016)

• Volunteer Chaplain at Southern California Hospital (Brothman) (2014-Feb. 2016)

    - Chaplain Knight of Columbus –Our lady of

      Angels, LA (2014-2016)

• Associate Pastor/Cathedral Administrator2, IHM, Las Cruces).

• Chaplain Memorial Hospital and Mountain View, Las Cruces 2016-2019

• Pastor of St. Francis De Paula and Our Lady of the Light –La Luz, and Bent Mission (2019-)


TRAVELS: After my ordination, I have traveled to the following places:

• Egypt (2008)

• Rome (2009)

• Philippines(2011 and 2014)

• USA (2012)

• Colombia (2015)

• Brazil (2015)

• Mexico (2017)

Also, many African countries.



Pastor: Rev. Marcel Okonkwo

Deacon: Andy Weiss

We are located at: 4 La Luz Rd, La Luz, New Mexico    Office phone: 575-434-9460

Our mailing address is:   P. O. Box 236, La Luz, New Mexico 88337

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