Some of Our Understanding Missionaries

Father Joseph LUTZ C.S.Sp.: Born on 8 January 1853 in Dauendorf, Alsace; ordained Priest on 23 December 1876; arrived in Akassa port, Nigeria on 21 November 1885; reached Onitsha on 6 December 1885. Died 17 December 1895 in Merville, France.

Father Jean-Nicolas HORNÉ C.S.Sp.: Born on 2 December 1858 in Niederzeuzheim, Germany; ordained Priest in 1885; arrived in Onitsha on 6 December 1885. Died 24 January1893 in Beauvais, France.

Brother Hermas HÜCK C.S.Sp.: Born on 17 January 1866 in Strassbourg, Alsace; professed on 19 March 1885; arrived in Akassa port, Nigeria on 21 November 1885 but reached Onitsha later than Fr. Lutz. Died 12 January 1920 at sea.


Father François LÉCUYER C.S.Sp.: Born on 1 August 1861 in Guelequin, France; ordained Priest on 28 August 1887. Died on 29 November 1890 at Onitsha.

 Father Joseph BUBENDORF C.S.Sp.: Born on 25 September1860 at Neuviller, Alsace; ordained Priest on 1 November 1887; arrived in Onitsha in 1888. Died on 12 February 1905 at Aguleri, Nigeria.

 Father René PAWLAS C.S.Sp.: Born on 26 January 1866 at Villers-en-Argonne, France; ordained Priest on 26 May 1889; arrived in Onitsha in 1890. Died on 15 March 1900 at Onitsha.

Father Aimé GANOT C.S.Sp.: Born on 4 December 1868 at Montigny, France; arrived in Onitsha in 1894. Died on 25 November 1942 in Paris, France.

Father Charles VOGLER C.S.Sp.: Born on 20 February 1870 in Hoerdt, Alsace; arrived in Onisha in 1895. Died on 10 July 1910 at Igbariam, Nigeria.

Father Jean B. ENGASSER C.S.Sp.: Born on 6 June 1869 at Obersassheim, Alsace; ordained Priest on 1 January 1898 arrived in Onitsha in 1898. Died on 20 November 1899 at Aguleri, Nigeria.

Brother Theobald HAEGEL C.S.Sp.: Born 21 January 1875 at Oberschäffolsheim; professed on 8 September 1899; arrived in Onitsha in 1899. Died on 8 April 1903 at Onitsha.

Father Eugene RITTER C.S.Sp.: Born on 17 January 1874 at Lautenbach, Alsace; ordained Priest on 28 October 1898; arrived in Onitsha in 1899. Died on 25 February 1901 in Aguleri, Nigeria.

Father Léon LEJEUNE C.S.Sp.: Born on 24 March 1860 at Tournais-sur Dives, France; ordained Priest in 1884; arrived in Onitsha in 1900. Died on 6 September 1905 at Chevilly, France.


Quote for the month

-- " To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light." (Pope Francis "Lumen Fidei,").

Masses @ The Basilica of Most Holy Trinity

Sunday, 5:15am, 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 6:15pm

Other masses outside the Basilica Church, 5:30am, 6:00am, 7:15am, 8:45am & 9:00am

Monday-Saturday, 5:15am, 6:00am & 6:15pm

Thursday, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 6:15pm

Saturday Evening, 5:30pm (mass with Vespers 1 of Sunday)

About Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

He is the first person in West Africa and the first African Priest to be beatified. Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi is from Aguleri in our Archdiocese.

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