‘I feel the call to be an Apostle … to preach the Gospel on all five continents and in the most distant lands.’
(Saint Thérèse of Lisieux)
In 1988, the Anglo-Irish Province was invited to found a mission in Nigeria. The Order was soon blessed with local vocations and is now a separate Region within the Province with over fifty friars and eleven Houses: Enugue Nsukka, Ekpoma, Ibadan, Abuja, Umueze-Anam, Kurudu, Arochukwu, Uglo-Odogwe.
In October 1974 the Carmelite nuns from Tranquilla (now Knock) established the first Carmel in Nigeria in Owerri. This continues to be a flourishing Carmel. Plans are already under way for the establishment of a new foundation in the capital Abuja.
In November 1995, the Carmelite nuns from New Ross established a monastery in Zing in Northern Nigeria. The founding sisters came from Irish, English and Scottish Camels. Presently the Zing Carmel is composed of nine Nigerian sisters with one expatriate remaining.
CAPIO (Carmelite Prisoner Interest Organisation)
CAPIO was set up in the early years of the mission to care for the needs of prisoners and their families. It has become well known as a human rights organisation and is highly respected by the legal profession and other human rights campaigners.
OCD Regional Delegate in Nigeria
Fr Canice Azuoma, OCD
PO Box 3612