The MSP UK Region is a Roman Catholic Society of Apostolic
Life founded by Dominic Cardinal Ekandem of blessed memory. It was established
by the episcopal conference of Nigeria, following a decision reached at their
meeting in Kaduna in 1976. This foundation was the response of the Nigerian Church
to the call of Pope Paul VI at Kampala, Uganda, that Africans should become
missionaries to themselves. The first
set of candidates arrived for the start of their formation in 1977. Priests of
St. Patrick Missionary Society, Kiltegan Ireland were invited by the CBCN to
assist in the formation of these seminarians.
The headquarter of the Congregation is located in Kutunku,
Gwagwalada, while the major seminary is located at Paiko Road, Gwagwalada,
Abuja, Nigeria. The MSP has been having priestly ordinations since 1985. Our
priests now serve in Africa, Europe, United
States of America, Scandanavia, and South America. This include the young and
old churches of the world.
The motto of the Society is “We are Ambassadors for Christ”
(2 Cor. 5:20). These are the exact words of St. Paul who is the Patron saint of
the MSP. Like St. Paul our patron, members are driven by the love of Christ (2
Cor 5:14) to be “all things to all peoples (1 Cor 9:22). With docility to the Holy Spirit and in the
imitation of St. Paul, following the constitutions, members go without delay to
wherever the Superior General or Region Superior, sends them. The task of this
missionary body is to wake up the world, following the instruction of our Holy
Father, Pope Francis. Our vision is to faithfully carry out the missionary
mandate of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20) through a wide spectrum of parish-based
apostolate, schools, and chaplaincies. The MSP UK Region strive to offer hope
to the youth by our engagement in various parish based youth apostolates. Also
the MSP is involved in the active ministry of giving succour to the refugees,
migrants, ethnic minority groups, care for those trafficked, helping to stop
further trafficking, and several other apostolates and ministries.
Our first UK Region missionaries to the UK; Frs Cosmas
Ikirodah and Addison Okpeh, arrived in 2000 and served in Clifton and Southwark
dioceses respectively. Today, our priests are serving the Catholic Churches in
England, Scotland and Wales.
Membership of our missionary organization comprise of the
ordained and the non ordained. The latter are referred to as Associate
Missionaries of St. Paul.
Our society is indebted to so many people, extraordinary
people who sacrificed so much over the years to build us up over the years.
We invite you to join us, avail us of your services and
support in whichever way possible. Your gifts and talents are needed to help us
continue to deliver on our vision and goals and to continue to serve our
beloved mother Church, the holy roman catholic church in every capacity and
wherever she needs us. Contact us and find yourself a place in the MSP family