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Celebrating 75 years of Augustinian presence in Nigeria


On 28th August 2014, the Nigerian Augustinians gathered together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the presence of the Order in Nigeria...
 
In 1936, a decision was taken at the Irish Provincial Chapter to apply to Rome for a mission territory in Africa. On 12th October1938, Fathers Redmond, Dalton and Broder (two Irish and one English) set out from Liverpool and arrived at Jos on 2nd November 1938.
 
Since then, the presence of the Augustinians has been established in the four corners of Nigeria.
 
On 28th August 2014, the Nigerian Augustinians gathered together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the presence of the Order in Nigeria. This celebration brought together friends of the Order from the Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern parts of Nigeria. The Mass was presided by the Archbishop of Jos and the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev Dr Ignatius A. Kaigama. Concelebrating bishops were Most Rev John Niyiring, OSA, Most Rev James Daman, OSA and  Most Rev Matthew Ndangoso, Charles Hammawa of the dioceses of Kano, Shendam, Kaduna and Jalingo respectively.
 
There were 76 Augustinian Priests present alongside students in formation. During the Mass, three awards were given to the Provinces of Ireland, England and Scotland and Italy for their contributions to the growth of the Province of Nigerian.
 
Three other awards were given to Fathers Francis Aherne, Raymond Hickey and Richard Hughes for their contributions towards the growth of the Province.
 
After the Mass, a Secondary school was commissioned in honour of Fathers Redmond, Dalton and Broder.
 
As the Province of Nigeria celebrates 75 years of the presence of the Order in Nigeria, it marks the end of an episode and yet the beginning of an era that is full of hope. Long live the Order of St Augustine!!! Long live the Province of Nigeria!!!!!
 
Fr. Edward Daleng OSA




Article posted on 15th of November 2014

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