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Fr. Tukura Pius Michael O.P.

Fr. Tukura Pius Michael, O.P. is a Dominican priest. The O.P. behind his name stands for the Order of Preachers. “The mission of the Order of Preachers, also called the Dominican Order is to share with others the truth about the God whom we contemplate in our hearts. Together with all peoples of good will and in dialogue with them, we seek God wherever truth may be found. We encounter this truth through the good creation God has made, through his presence in human history, and above all by his becoming human in Jesus Christ.”
Fr. Pius was born on February 12, 1968 in Anchuna, Nigeria. He is one of nine children. His mother and siblings still reside in Nigeria. In 1994, Fr. Pius joined the Dominicans and was ordained on July 13, 2002. In March of 2010, he arrived in the United States. Prior to his assignment at St. Pius X Church, Fr. Pius worked as a medical chaplain at the National Children’s Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and Rehabilitation Center in Washington, D.C., St. Louis Bertrand Church in Louisville, Kentucky and most recently Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.
During his transition from a medical chaplain to pastor, Fr. Pius was assigned as Parochial Vicar for Sacred Heart Church in Lewistown, PA.

Fr. Pius enjoys reading and especially enjoys his time traveling the world.


Deacon Chris J. Darrup
 Angela M. Darrup
Home Parish: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lewisburg, and St. George Mission, Mifflinburg
Parish Assignment: St. Pius X, Selinsgrove


What drew you to serve the Diocese as a Deacon?

Through eight years of Catholic grade school and even through public high school, I was raised with a deep respect for the clergy and religious. So when the permanent deacon in our parish, Deacon Richard Owen, approached me one Sunday morning after Mass asking if I would consider the diaconate, I felt a sense of calling, of his reaching out. My unfiltered response was a simple desire to help, to help with the seemingly overwhelming tasks of meeting the needs of a parish, as well as a sense of gratitude for all the blessings I have encountered throughout my lifetime.


What aspect of the ministry are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to accompanying others on their journey with Jesus Christ through this earthly life. I hope to help others develop and grow in relationship with our Lord and Savior until He grants us eternal peace and happiness with Himself. I pray for the grace to cooperate with God’s plan in whatever capacity that might be.


What was/is your profession prior to ordination?

I am a physician practicing family medicine in the Middleburg office of Family Practice Center. I am grateful for the opportunity to witness Jesus’ healing of our bodies and our spirits.


How has the formation program helped you grow spiritually?

The formation program has thrown open wide the doors to the wealth of the Church’s spiritual treasures, many of which I was not previously aware. I am in awe of the human recording of God’s Word through thousands of years in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s subsequent development – all now available to us electronically online. Communicating with God Almighty on an intimate, personal level while appreciating the immensity of the universal Church, and indeed all creation, boggles our limited human comprehension, but helps us experience God’s infinite love and mercy.