Originally from the diocese of Nnewi, Nigeria, Fr. Joachim Adione (pronounced jo-ah-kim ah-dee-oh-nay) comes to serve as chaplain at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, beginning in September 2016. Before coming to Grand Rapids, Fr. Adione served most recently as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and a part-time Priest Chaplain at St. Mary’s Medical Center, both located in Grand Junction, Colorado.
“My motto is to serve God and humanity,” says Fr. Adione. “I enjoy my pastoral ministry through preaching, offering of the sacraments, visiting the sick and needy and helping youth.”
Fr. Adione has served in various capacities as a priest, such as a pastor, parish administrator, pastoral associate and a missionary in Abakalike Diocese in Nigeria.
Born in Nigeria as one of ten children, Fr. Adione was raised in a Catholic family and became a priest in 1996.
Please extend a warm welcome to Fr. Adione!