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