St Joseph’s Anglophone PARISH

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St Joseph's Anglophone Parish
St Joseph’s Anglophone Parish

WELCOME TO ST JOSEPH’S ANGLOPHONE PARISH

Welcome to St Joseph’s Anglophone Parish Mvog-Ada, the oldest English speaking community in Yaoundé. The beginning of this community can be traced to the early years after the reunification of Cameroon in October 1961. In 1963 at “Centre d’Aumonerie Catholique” at Melen Rev. Father Engelbert Mveng of the Jesuit Society began to say Mass in English and to attend to the spiritual needs of Anglophone Catholics.

In 1976 the parish moved from Aumonerie premises to Elig-Effa in one of the many churches built by Mr André Fouda, Government Delegate to the Yaounde Urban Council.

Because the church was becoming too small for the ever-growing congregation, efforts were made to begin a second Sunday Mass at Mvog-Mbi before the church at Olezoa was finally chosen as the place for the second Mass on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The Parish at Elig-Effa  soon bosomed under its first resident Parish Priest Father Harold Heard.

As soon as the Parish was settled at Elig-Effa and Olezoa  the need arose for an Anglophone Primary School in Yaoundé. On Monday October 22 1979 with 36 pupils on roll and a staff of 3.

1986: Rev. Father Lucien Pierre Betene took over as Parish Priest, reorganized the parish council, initiated the building of the parish church at Mvog-Ada. The Parish actually moved to Mvog-Ada in 1993.

There are 16 Apostolate groups, 6 choirs and about 12 Ex-students Associations. The Parish has about 3000 Christians made up of Anglophone Cameroonians and Nigerians mainly.

Masses are scheduled as follows:

Sundays: 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Weekdays: From Tuesday to Friday at 5.30 p.m and on Saturdays at 6.15 a.m.

On Thursdays at 4.30 p.m. there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Confession takes place every day before and after mass.

The Parish has two councils; the Pastoral Council and the Council for Economic and Social Affairs.

There are 3 priests, a presbytery and a Parish hall, named after Rev. Fr. Lucien Pierre Beltane the longest saving parish priest.

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PARISH HISTORY

The early beginnings of what was to become the St Joseph’s Anglophone Parish Mvog Ada can be traced to the early years after reunification of Cameroon in October 1961.

The initial steps were taken by Dr John NguFoncha, Vice President of the Federal Republic, and Mr Christian Bongwa his chief of cabinet and their families, when they moved to Yaoundé in 1963 to take up administrative functions.

st-joseph-anglophone-parish-archidiocese-de-yaounde5In that year, both Dr John NguFoncha and MrBongwa began to contact his Grace Jean Zoa, Archbishop of Yaoundé to provide them a place and an English-speaking priest who could say Mass, hear confessions and provide for their spiritual needs. It was then, in 1963, that a place was provided at the then “Centre d’Aumonerie Catholique” at Melen where Rev. Father EngelbertMveng of the Jesuit society began to say Mass in English and to attend the spiritual needs of Anglophone Catholics. The place or room for the English mass at the Aumonerie kept changing as the congregation kept increasing, as the Anglophone Catholic population in Yaoundé kept increasing.

In 1979, the congregation agreed to take Saint Joseph as their patron Saint, and to organize a choir. In 1972, Nicholas Ade Ngwa and his family arrived in Yaoundé and he was able to properly organize and strengthen the choir and also to form what began to serve as Parish Council under his Chairmanship.

Other members of the Council holding positions were Prof Dan N. Lantum, Vice Chairman, and Mr Frederick Yufanyi, Secretary. In 1976 the parish moved from the Aumonerie premises to EligEffa in one of the many churches built Mr André Fouda, Government Delegate to the Yaoundé Urban Council where mass began to be offered on Sundays at 8am.

Because Elig-Effa was far for Christians from parts of the City and also because the church there was becoming too small for the ever-growing congregation, efforts were made to begin a second Sunday Mass at MvogMbi, before the church at Olezoa was finally chosen as the place for the second Mass on Sunday at 10 am.

The parish at EligEffa and Olezoasoon blossomed under its first resident Parish Priest, Father Harold Heard who had come from Sierra Leone in 1975 had moved the parish to EligEffa.

From 1976, the parish began to have Rev Sisters (from England, India and Sri Lanka), and organized liturgical and other Christian and ex-student groups began to emerge.

As soon as the parish was settled at EligEffa and Olezoa, the need arose for an Anglophone Catholic primary school in Yaoundé. His Grace Jean Zoa son provided a place at Mvog-Ada, which was quickly surveyed and the building project launched on July 4, 1978. Classes at the school began on Monday, October 22, 1979 with 36 pupils on roll and a staff of 3.

In 1986, Rev Father Lucien Pierre Betene took over as parish priest, reorganized the parish council, initiated the building of the Parish church at Mvog Ada and actually moved the parish there in 1993. In 2003, the Presbytery was constructed and it accommodates priests both resident and visiting.

The chairmanship of the parish council had changed as follows: Nicholas Ngwa (1972-73); Daniel N. Lantum (1974-78); Starling Tamajong (1978);Daniel N. Lantum (1976-86); Boniface Patcha (1987-1995); Bernard Ayuk(1995-2007); Colonel Yari Patrick (2007-2012); MrTarkang Philip (2012 onwards).

The Reverend Fathers who have served either as visiting or resident priests are the following:

Visiting priests:st-joseph-anglophone-parish-archidiocese-de-yaounde4

  • EngelbertMveng
  • Eric Rosney
  • Der Kinderen (1963-1975)

Parish priests

  • Father Harold Heard (1975-1979)
  • Father Edmund Ndzana (1979)
  • Father André Heureaux (1979-1982)
  • Father Laurent Mvondo (1982-1985)
  • Father Lucien Pierre Betene (1986-2003), assisted at various times by Father Worthington, Father Kisito, Father Adeso, Father Ihejirika and Father Damien
  • Monsignor Joseph BefeAteba was Parish Priest from …
  • Father Martin Raymond Bindzi, parish priest from 25th September to 17th November 2009
  • Monsignor SéverinZoa Obama Parish priest from 2009-2012
  • Rev Father André Marie Nko’oEdjimbi from 13th April 2012 to 11th August 2015
  • Rev Father Paul EngoulouNsong from 11th August 2015 onwards.
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Parish Priests (since 1986)

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