Fr. Ogechukwu Kieran Alaribe was born on April 7, 1960 in Itu, Akwa-Ibom State. His home town is Emekuku Owerri in Imo State. He was ordained a priest on August 17, 1991 at Maria Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri. He served as Assistant Novice Master at the Holy Ghost Novitiate, Awo-Omamma for one year.
In September, 1992, he left Nigeria to serve as a missionary in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) where he worked among the Pygmies and Bantu people of the northern Congo. While in Congo he served first as Parish Vicar at Mission Catholique d’Impfondo, and assistant organizer of ministries along the rivers of the Likouala region. From1994 to 2000, he resided in Epena as Parish Priest of the Mission and was, at the same time, in charge of organizing missionary tours to and ministries in the many catholic communities located along the 5 rivers of the Likouala region.
In 2000, he was sent to France to study French and Social Communications in l’Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille III and the Technic of Library Science and Documentation in the Institut Catholique de Paris. He completed the studies in 2003 and returned to Nigeria.
He served as Provincial Secretary of Nigeria from August 2003 to October 2007.
From 2008 to 2010: he was on sabbatical leave, in Trinidad, Colorado, USA in the Diocese of Pueblo.
In 2010 Kieran was appointed the Registrar of the Spiritan International School of Theology (SIST) Attakwu, Enugu, Nigeria. Assigned in 2011 to serve in the oil-rich but chronically volatile, gas and oil spill polluted Ogoni-land in Rivers State and was the Parish Priest of Saint Gregory’s, Bomu. It was from there that Kieran came to Rome in March 2017 to assume the responsibility as Secretary General.