Catholic Church in Nigeria

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Catholic Church in  Nigeria
Catholics 18 million (2009)
Population of Nigeria 170 million (2012)[1]
Episcopal conference Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria
President of Episcopal Conference Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama
Conference website
Catholic Secretariat
Catholic News Service
Papal Nuncio Archbishop
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 2
Minor seminarians
Total seminarians 3,755 (2004)
Educational institutes 4,163
Charitable institutes 1,202
References Italian page for 2004[2]

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 president of the CBCN is Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos.[3]

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 [4] and 22.6 million in 2010.[5]

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. 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

Within Nigeria the hierarchy consists of:

  • Archbishopric
    • Bishopric

Episcopal conference

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,[7] Umuaka). There also exists a community of the irregular status Society of St. Pius X (Saint Michael’s Priory,[8][9] Enugu).

Catholic Universities in Nigeria (St Augustine University Lagos)

DON BOSCO INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY Affiliated to Salesian Pontifical University (ROME)

Dominican Institute Ibadan

Major Seminaries in Nigeria

Minor Seminaries in Nigeria

  • 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.

Nigerians who have been Canonized

Catholic Religious Congregations Founded in Nigeria

Missionary Societies Active in Nigeria

See also


  1. Nigeria wikipage population estimate for 2012Nigeria
  2. Italian WikiPage Chiesa Cattolica in Nigeria statistics from 2004 it:Chiesa cattolica in Nigeria
  3. Bishops' Conference website directory of officers
  4. Craig Timberg, "Nigeria's Spiritual Rainmaker is Eyed at Vatican," Washington Poet, 17 April 2005, A1
  5. Pew Research Center: Christian Population as Percentages of total population by country 2010
  6. list of patron saints of countries
  10. Africa World page dedicated to Blessed Tansi
  11. Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) website

External links

Augustine Kasujja