Breaking News: Catholic Bishop of Bauchi dies at 50

— It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Most Rev John Goltok, the Bishop of Bauchi Diocese. He died in the early hours of today, 21st March 2015. Born on 12th July, 1965 in Bauchi,  bishop Malachy attended St. Peter’s Primary School and later changed to Wunti  Primary School, all in Bauchi from 1972-1978.

His journey to the Catholic Priesthood was initiated after he attended St. John Vianney Minor Seminary, Barkin Ladi Plateau State from 1978-1983. Things began to take  shape  in the line of divine providence when he went to St. Augustines major  Seminary, Jos  for Philosophy  and Theology, 1984-1990  and was ordained  Catholic Priest  for Jos  Archdiocese on 4th November  1990  by  Bishop G.G. Ganaka of blessed memory.

After his Sacerdotal Ordination , he worked as Associate Priest  in Jagindi, Parish Priest St. James’ Gombe, 1991-1996, Holy Spirit Formation Centre, Kuru near Jos 2004. Until his appointment by the Holy Father, Pope Benedicts XVI  as the Second bishop of Bauchi Diocese, he doubled as the Parish Priest of St. Finbarr’s  Rayfield and Jos Archdiocesan Financial Administrator. He passed away in Our Lady of Apostle’s Hospital, Jos after a brief illness.

Burial arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday: 24 March 2015 Vigil Mass,  6pm at St John’s Cathedral Bauchi

Thursday: 26th March 2015, Funeral Mass, 10.00am  at St John’s Cathedral Bauchi. May His soul rest in perfect Peace.

Fr. Justine John DYIKUK                           For Director of Communications, Bauchi Diocese