Fr. Arbo was born November 2 at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the United Republic of Tanzania. After his national military service, he joined the Society of Missionaries of Africa.
Ordained on July 12, 1997, he was sent to Yoruba-land in Nigeria where he served in parishes and later as a Vocation Director. In 2000 he worked with The International Movement, ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World in Tanzania.
In 2001 Fr Arbo moved to the Archdiocese of Southwark in London and served as an assistant priest in various parishes and then as a Parish Priest at St John Fisher Church Kidbrooke. There he was appointed Chair of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission in 2013, a post he held until 2017.
He is the founder and Chair of the charity You Touch Africa, which is registered in the United Kingdom which assists in educational and health projects in Africa.
Fr Arbo acquired a Diploma in Philosophy in Tanzania and did his Novitiate in Zambia. In 1997 he completed both B.A. Hons in Pastoral Theology and S.T.B. (Bachelor in Sacred Theology) at the Missionary Institute London. In 2008 he received his Master’s in Science M.Sc. in Development and Globalization from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London in the United Kingdom.
He loves music, cycling, badminton, basketball, and he’s a die-hard fan of the Gunners-Arsenal Football Club (soccer). He is now working hard to understand American football, but he’s already an aspiring fan of the Jaguars. He looks forward to being invited to a game or two!
Father Arbo is assigned to help at the Parish on weekends, and has taken up residence in the Parish rectory. He also serves as Catholic Chaplain at Flagler Hospital 4 days a week.
Please extended a great OLGC welcome to Fr. Arbo.