I had my priestly training and ordination to the priesthood in Nigeria. Within the period of my training I had my temporal and subsequently, Final Religious professions before I was ordained to the priesthood on 24th July 2010.
After few years of my ordination and work in Nigeria, my Religious Congregation sent me on mission to work in the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia in 2014. My coming to work in this diocese is in agreement with Bishop Alan S Hopes, the Bishop of the diocese.
Since I was moved from Nigeria to my present diocese, I have served the diocese as an assistant priest in St. Laurence RC parish and Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs (OLEM), all in Cambridge from 2014 to March 2016.
After few years in Cambridge, the bishop moved me to St. Mary's RC parish in Great Yarmouth in March 2016. Here I assisted the then parish priest (my predecessor). Presently, I am the Dean of my Deanery and the priest in Charge of St. Mary's RC parish in Great Yarmouth and St. Peter's RC parish in Gorleston.
I am Fr. Alvan Ibeh SMMM, born 16th July 1982.
I was ordained a priest for the religious family of Sons of MARY Mother of MERCY on the 21st of July 2012 . My first assignment after ordination was to work as a Bursar and then as Vice Principal in one of our secondary schools from 2012 to 2015.
I came to England on the 12th of May 2015. I worked as an assistant priest in Our Lady and English Martyrs and St. Laurence's Parishes both in Cambridge from June to October 2015. I moved to Bury St. Edmund’s in Suffolk where I served as assistant priest, hospital and school chaplain.
I left Bury St. Edmund’s September 2018 to St. Mary’s Great Yarmouth where I am now working to date as Assisting Priest both at St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s and also a Trust Chaplain at the James Paget Hospital. It’s being a great blessing working for both Parishes and also the hospital.
I came to the UK on 2nd November, 2015 after my ordination in July 26 2014 in Nigeria by Bishop Alan Hopes, the Catholic Bishop of East Anglia. Before I came to the UK, I have been working as Bursar and part of the formation team in one of our secondary schools for a year. Later, I was sent by the Congregation to work in the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, the same diocese of the Bishop that ordained me. I have served in the parishes of St. Laurence's and Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs both in Cambridge as assistant priest.
I left Cambridge in 2017 and am living at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Gorleston serving as the assistant priest to St. Mary's Parish, Great Yarmouth and St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Gorleston.