Silver Jubilee of the Nigerian Community – July 2014

August 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Africa, Director's Blog, Nigeria

On July 26th, 2014 the Nigerian Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Boston celebrated their 25th anniversary. In the summer of 1988, few Nigerian families living in Boston were granted permission to worship separately on Sundays and united, founded what would become one of the biggest Nigerian Catholic Community outside of the motherland.

Furthermore,  the Nigerian Catholic Community at St. Katharine Drexel Parish is also the oldest continuously existing Nigerian Catholic Community in the U.S. The Silver Jubilee of this community is with no doubt a very special celebration for those who helped build this community, watched it grow and for all of those who have joined the community along the years.

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Mass with Cardinal Sean O Malley and Cardinal Francis Arinze.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Cardinal Francis Arinze from Nigeria, celebrated Holy Mass alongside 14 priests. Over 800 people attended the Mass and reception.

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The Knight of Columbus and Cardinal O Malley and Cardinal Arinze.

Filled with joy, the Nigerian Community were very excited and grateful for the participation of Cardinal O’ Malley and Cardinal Arinze in this historical moment of their community.

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Nigerian youth gathered with Cardinal O Malley and Cardinal Arinze.

After a beautiful Mass, the Nigerian community gathered for a reception to continue the celebrations. Alongside Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and City Counselors Tito Jackson and Charles Yancey,  State Representative Gloria Fox presented a citation from Governor Deval Patrick to the Nigerian Catholic Community.

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Youth Chorus.

Guests were entertained by performances, including a youth chorus, who did a beautiful job singing the U.S. national anthem as well as the Nigerian national anthem.

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Community members dressed in beautiful traditional Nigerian clothing.

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Fr. Mike and a Nigerian family.

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Young adults dressed in traditional Nigerian clothing.

“The many contributions of the Nigerian Community in the Church and in the Archdiocese of Boston are a grace and a blessing from God.” – Cardinal Sean O’Malley

In this quarter-century the Community has done very well to maintain what is best in the culture of the Nigerian Catholic Church, without ignoring the importance of working and living in harmony with the local Church in the Archdiocese of Boston.” – Cardinal Arinze

 

For more pictures of this historic event of the Nigerian Community, Click Here.

 

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