History was made on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 as the Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Very Rev. Msgr. Patrick S. Eluke, of the clergy of Port Harcourt.
Msgr. Eluke who is presently the Parish Priest of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Rumuokwuta became the first priest of the Diocese to be so appointed. The Holy Father also assigned him the titular see of Fotice.
Msgr. Eluke born March 25, 1967 in Ekpeye, Ahoada, Rivers State, was enrolled after primary school into the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary Rumuibekwe, and continued with the courses in philosophy in the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene.
He continued in theology in the Bigard Memorial Major Seminary, Enugu, was ordained a priest on 23 September 1995, and incardinated in the Diocese of Port Harcourt.
Since priestly ordination, he has held the following offices: parish vicar of Saint Anthony’s parish, Igwuruta (1995-1996); pastor of Saint Bernard’s Parish, Biara (1996-1997); pastor of Saint Dominic’s Parish, Bane, and Saint Francis’ parish, Kpean (1997-2002); pastor of Saint Paul’s parish, Ngo (1997-2005); and pastor of the Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Elenlenwo (2005-2007);
Pastor of the Queen of the Apostles Parish, Rumuepirikom (2007-2012); pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish, Mile II Diobu (2012-2013); Chaplain of the Annunciation Chaplaincy, University of Port Harcourt (2013-2015); Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University of Port Harcourt (since 2014); Parish Priest of the Saint Francis of Assisi parish, Rumuokwuta (since 2015); and director of Diocesan Pastoral Vocational Ministry (since 2016).
Msgr. Eluke obtained a civil doctorate in Biblical Studies at the University of Port Harcourt.