THE HOLY GHOST CONGREGATION IN THE SPREAD OF CATHOLICISM IN IGBOLAND, 1885 – 1970

AUTHOR: OKAFOR, JOSEPH OGUEJIOFOR

DEPARTMENT: HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

From 1885, the European missionaries of the Holy Ghost Congregation, popularly called the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers, arrived at Onitsha and engaged in missionary activities that saw the spread of Catholicism all over Igboland. These missionaries worked hard to have themselves and their message accepted by the people, to the extent of establishing a local church in Igboland. Following their role in Igboland during the Nigeria-Biafra War, the Federal Government of Nigeria expelled nearly all the expatriate missionaries as soon as the war ended in 1970. The majority of those expelled were members of the Holy Ghost Congregation. In recent years, it has become very apparent that due consideration has not been given to the missionary activities of the Holy Ghost Congregation in this region during the period, 1885 to 1970. This dissertation has tried to bridge the gap through its presentation of the missionary activities of the Holy Ghost Congregation in Igboland. The study has tried to assess the strategies of the missionaries of the Holy Ghost Congregation and the impact of their work in Igboland with particular reference to the socio-political and economic domains of their endeavours. This work has also tried to assess the activities of the missionaries of the Holy Ghost Congregation in Igboland from 1885 to 1970, in the light of the aims and objectives of the Congregation.

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