Catholic church in Nigeria

Catholic Church in Nigeria
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The Catholic Church in Nigeria is part of the worldwide Catholic Church , under the spiritual leadership of the Pope , the curia in Rome , and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). The present president of the CBCN as of 2020 is Augustine Obiora Akubeze ,
Archbishop of Benin city , who was preceded by the Archbishop of Jos Catholic Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama. [1][2] The Latin and Eastern Catholic Churches comprise the world’s largest Christian Church, and its largest religious grouping. In 2005, there were an estimated 19 million baptised Catholics in Nigeria . [3] In 2010 the Catholic population accounted for approximately 12.6% of the population. [4] Nigeria, together with Congo Democratic Republic , boasts of the highest number of priests in Africa. The boom in vocation to the priesthood in Nigeria is mainly in the eastern part (especially among the Igbo ethnic group) which accounts for over 70 percent of the country’s Catholic population.
The second papal visit to the country in 1998 witnessed the beatification of Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi . [5] Pope John Paul II proclaimed him blessed at Oba , Onitsha Archdiocese, a local Church established by the apostle of eastern Nigerian, Bishop Joseph Shanahan, CSSp.
The official patron saints of Nigeria are: Mary, Queen of Nigeria and Saint Patrick of Ireland. [6] Map of Nigeria
List of dioceses
Archdioceses 9
Suffragan Dioceses 43
Apostolic Vicariates 2
Parishes 1,905 (2004)
Diocesan Priests 3,452
Religious Priests 694
♦ Total Priests 4,146 (2004)
Religious Women 3,674
Major seminaries in Nigeria 6
Major seminarians
Minor seminaries in Nigeria 20
Minor seminarians
♦ Total seminarians 3,755 (2004)
Educational institutes 4,163
Charitable institutes 1,202
References Italian page for 2004[7] Main article: List of Catholic dioceses in Nigeria
Within Nigeria the hierarchy consists of:
Archbishopric
Bishopric
Abuja (Cardinal Archbishop)
Gboko
Idah
Katsina-Ala
Lafia
Lokoja
Makurdi
Otukpo
Benin City
Auchi
Bomadi
Issele-Uku
Uromi
Warri
Calabar
Ikot Ekpene
Ogoja
Port Harcourt
Uyo
Ibadan
Ekiti
Ondo
Osogbo
Oyo
Jos
Bauchi
Jalingo
Maiduguri
Pankshin
Shendam
Yola
Kaduna
Ilorin
Kafanchan
Kano
Kontagora
Minna
Sokoto
Zaria
Lagos (Cardinal Archbishop)
Abeokuta
Ijebu-Ode
Onitsha
Abakaliki
Awgu
Awka
Enugu
Nnewi
Nsukka
Owerri
Aba
Ahiara
Okigwe
Orlu
Umuahia
Immediately subject to the Holy See :
Maronite Catholic Eparchy of the Annunciation
Episcopal conference
Main article: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria is the Nigerian episcopal conference .
Catholic traditionalism
A more traditionalist subset of the Catholic Church is also present in Nigeria and embodied by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (Nne Enyemaka Shrine, [8] Umuaka ). There also exists a community of the irregular status Society of St. Pius X ( Saint Michael’s Priory , [9][10] Enugu).
Catholic universities in Nigeria
Caritas University , Amorji-Nike
Godfrey Okoye University , Enugu
Madonna University (Ihiala) , Okija
Our Saviour Institute of Science and Technology , Enugu
VUNA, Veritas University Abuja (The Catholic University of Nigeria ), Abuja [11] Augustine University Ilara
Pan-Atlantic University , Lagos [12] Major seminaries in Nigeria
Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Seminary of All Saints, Uhiele Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu
St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Makurdi
St. Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos
National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada [ permanent dead link ] St Joseph Major Seminary Ikot Ekpene
Blessed Tansi Major Seminary Onitsha, Anambra State
St Albert The Great Major Seminary Abeokuta
St. John of the Cross Spiritual Year Seminary, Ekpoma
Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri
Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Umuahia Campus
JohnPaul II Major Seminary, Awka
Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna
Claretian Institute of Philosophy, Nekede Owerri
Spiritan Institute of Theology Attakwu Enugu
Spiritan Institute of Philosophy, Isienu Nsukka
Don Bosco Institute of Philosophy [13] Affiliated to Salesian Pontifical University (Rome)
Dominican Institute [14] Minor seminaries in Nigeria
St. Augustine’s seminary, Amechi Ezzamgbo, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
Queen of Apostles Seminary, Afaha Obong, Abak, Akwa Ibom State
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing, Cross River State
St. John Vianney Minor Seminary, Barkin-Ladi, Plateau State
St. James’ Junior Seminary, Yandev Gboko
St. Jude’s Minor Seminary, Kuje Abuja
St Theresa’s Minor Seminary Oke-Are Ibadan
Sacred Hearts Minor Seminary Akure
St. Clement’s Minor Seminary, Adankolo-Lokoja, Kogi State
St Paul’s Seminary Ukpor, Nnewi Anambra State
All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha Anambra State
Mercy Seminary, Bende Abia State
Immaculate Conception Seminary, Ahiaeke Umuahia, Abia State
St. Dominic Savio Seminary, Akpu, Anambra State
St John Bosco Seminary, Isuaniocha, Anambra State
Holy Martyrs of Uganda seminary Effurun, Delta State
Annunciation Seminary Amaudara, Abia State
St John-cross minor seminary, Isienu-Nsukka, Enugu state
St Charles Borromeo seminary, Imiringi, Bayelsa State.
St Mary’s Seminary Umuowa, Orlu, Imo State.
Bonus Pastor Seminary Osina, Ideato North, Imo State.
Assumpta Minor Seminary, Owerri Archdiocese.
Mater Ecclesiae Seminary, Nguru Mbaise, Ahiara Diocese
St Peter Claver’s Seminary Okpala Owerri Archdiocese
St. Peter’s Seminary Ogii, Okigwe Diocese
Sacred Heart Seminary, Rumuebiekwe Port Hacourt, Port hacourt Diocese
St. Felix Seminary Ejeme-Anigor, Delta State
Nigerians who have been canonized
Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi , from
Anambra State Beatified by Pope John Paul II, 22 March 1998 [15] Catholic religious congregations founded in Nigeria
Daughters of Divine Love [16] New Evangelization Sisters of Mother of Perpetual Help)
Sons of Mary, Mother of Mercy Congregation
Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy Congregation
Holy Family Sisters of the Needy
Missionary Sisters of Divine Mercy, Nnewi, Nigeria. Website: www.divinemercysisters.net
Sisters of Jesus Crucified, Uratta, Owerri, Imo State
Missionary societies active in Nigeria
Society of African Missions
The Spiritans (Congregation of the Holy Spirit, C.S.Sp.)
The Augustinians (Order of Saint Augustine, O.S.A.)
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles
St. Louis Sisters
Salesians of Don Bosco Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB)] Missionaries of Africa
Pontifical Mission Societies of Nigeria (PMS Nigeria)
Aid to the Church in Need
Missionary Society of St. Paul
Order of Preachers (Dominicans)
Order of Discalced Carmelites
The Franciscans
Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
The Cleratian Missionary Fathers
The Oblates Of St Joseph
The Redemptorists
Daughters of St Paul
(Missionary Sisters of Divine Mercy P. O. Box 611 Nnewi Nigeria. Cell: +2348033802674)
Oblates of the Virgin Mary
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate – Website: www.omiworld.or

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