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.