Ogechi Akalegbere is a Nigerian-American who currently works as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington. She previously served as the Christian Service Coordinator at an all-girls Independent Catholic School where she served as a diversity co-practitioner and ministry leader. She also uses her gifts as a public speaker, fitness instructor, and community organizer.

Ogechi grew up in and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and when she is not at work or creating digital content she is either enjoying quality time with her husband of five years or at the gym lifting weights. She has a passion for social justice, empowering individuals to find their inner and outer strength and solidarity with those in the margins. She has served as a catechist, lector, pastoral council co-chair, and small group leader at her parish and diocese and is involved as a community organizer and diversity practitioner in her community. Ogechi uses her training as an equity facilitator and practitioner to help parishes, organizations, and small groups digest what equity means to them and those they encounter. Ogechi combines her passion for community organizing and her Catholic faith as a board member of Catholics United for Black Lives. Ogechi is the 2021 winner of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.



March 10, 2024

Fourth Sunday of Lent

May the love of Christ inspire and guide us in all that we do, and may we always be a beacon of hope and justice in a world that so desperately needs it.

All Preachers