Fr. Solomon is a former Priest of Newman Parish, and was much loved, he is now Parish Priest at the Parish of St Mary
I was born in 1970 to Late Mr and Mrs Bulus Gidu Kanu'ri who were non Catholics. I am the fourth child of nine children and the second of my mother's seven children, the first male child of the family. I was born in a village called Chambal in Muvur, Mubi Local Government Area of former Gongola State now Adamawa State, North-Eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa, near the boarder with the Cameroons. I belong to a very minority tribe called FALI, whos main central village is Muchalla. I went to Chambal Primary School were I spent nine years because of my small nature. The school was less than half a mile walk from our house. Through the instrumentality of my immediate younger brother and enrolling as Catecumen we were Baptized, Confirmed and had our First Holy Communion on the Easter Vigil of 1984 after two years of Catechism preparatory classes. That same year I took my first Entrance Examination to the Diocese' private boarding Secondary School; St Pete's Minor Seminary but couldn't go due to the lateness of the arrival of the result which was delayed in delivery. However, I attempted the exams again the next year and still passed and was admitted. St Peter's Minor Seminary, Yola, is about 120 miles from my home. My faith was further nurtured in St Peters during which I had the most trying moments of my life with my Dad's death, September 25th 1986, ironically it gave me the impetus and determination to push in with life. After completing Six years and made a very good result I applied to my home Diocese, Maiduguri for the Priesthood and three other Religious Orders.
As I awaited the response to my applications, I sort for a job with the Nuns in the Health Center of my domicile Parish, St Andrew's Catholic Church, Mubi. I was admitted October 1992, into the Formation House of the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria, a Religious Society/Order founded by Late Cardinal Dominic Ekandem and was established by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Nigeria. I began a nine year Spiritual/ Academic Programme and Studies in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State,in the West-Easter part of Nigeria and Gwagwalada, Abuja the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, for two and Seven years respectively. While in formation, for five years, I had the privilege of doing annual Pastoral Placements in the Eastern parts of the country. After my three years Philosophy and four years Theology in our own Seminary, an Affiliate of Urbaniana University Rome, I was Ordained a Deacon in December 2000 and a Priest, July 07, 2001.
I was then sent to Lafia Diocese for the first year to do what we term, "Pastoral Year." It shares boundary with the Federal Capital Territory. I was then asked to return to our Seminary, The National Missionary Seminary of St Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja, a year later to assume the work of the Bursar/ Financial Administrator. I did the bursary work for six years as our Constitutions permits. I was then due for a sabbatical year because I worked in administration, but I couldn't go as I had nowhere to go for it. My Religious Superior and Council then sent me on Mission to the UK, Diocese of Leeds in 2009. I arrived London on 22nd June 2009, then Leeds on 1st July 2009.I was at St Anne's Cathedral for about two or three weeks when the Bishop asked me to go to St Joseph's Pudsey and hold forth the Parish as the then Parish Priest was due for retirement. I was there from July ending to 13th April, 2010. Then transferred to St Joseph's Pontefract until August 2012 and now I am asked to come on transfer to Blessed John Henry Newman's Parish to assist.
While in Nigerian, I enjoyed travelling and I traveled virtually to every part of the county with ease. I visited Benin Republic twice, Cameroon twice, Chad once, Ireland once and the UK once. While in the UK, I have bee to Ireland once and Spain, Vollodalid and Segovior once. I like and enjoy my jogging and physical exercises. I like meeting people as well. I am open to learning new things and keen in giving my best in whatever I am asked to do. I look forward to work in the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman with my new Parish Priest Mgr Philip Holroyd.
I am reporting 10th of September 2012. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to come a minister to his people in this Parish. I continue to pray for his wisdom and guidance to continue to inspire us all to accompany each other in our Spiritual journey that will lead us all to eternity. Thank you all and God Bless you!