Fr. Habte is originally from Eritrea, he has studied with the Franciscans Capuchins in Eritrea and in Rome, Italy, and he was ordained as a priest on 20th July, 1997 in Asmara, Eritrea.
On 13th October, 2013, Father Habte Ukbay, became the parish priest at St. Simon and St. Jude R.C. Streatham Hill.
Previously to this Fr. Habte Ukbay Neghasi, served as the assistant priest at St. Boniface Church R.C. Tooting for six years. While based at St. Boniface R.C. he also served as the catholic chaplain to St. George’s Hospital. Fr. Habte worked part time at St. George’s Hospital on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, visiting the wards and celebrating Mass in the hospital chapel at lunchtimes. On 20th December 2017, Fr. Habte was appointed as the chairman of the Diocesan commission for Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation.
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