John Moore (Bischof, 1942)

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John Francis Moore SMA (b. 12 January 1942 in Dublin, Ireland; † 20 January 2010 ibid) was Bishop of Bauchi.


John Francis Moore joined the religious community of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Cloughballymore, County Galway, in 1959 and professed in 1960. From 1960 to 1966 he studied philosophy and theology at the religious seminary in Dromantine, Newry. He professed his religious vows on 15 June 1965 and was ordained priest by Bishop Eugene Doherty in St Colman’s Cathedral, Newry on 20 December 1965.

He then became a missionary in the Archdiocese of Jos in northern Nigeria. He learned the local languages and was active in Akwanga, Kwa, Shendam, Kafanchan, Kwande, Pankshin and Jos. He was particularly involved in building medical and educational infrastructure. Moore was involved in the establishment of Kafanchan, Shendam and Bauchi dioceses. John Francis Moore, who spoke Hausa and other Nigerian dialects fluently, made great efforts to reach an understanding with the local Muslims.

Pope John Paul II appointed him Titular Bishop of Gigthi in 1996 and appointed him Vicar Apostolic of the Vicariate of Bauchi, which was created out of the Archdiocese of Jos. He was consecrated bishop on 7 November 1996 by the Archbishop of Jos, Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka; co-consecrators were Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Archbishop of Jalingo, and Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, Bishop of Kafanchan. With the elevation of the vicariate to a diocese came the appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Bauchi.

He died unexpectedly at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, where he was undergoing medical examinations.

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