The Missionary Society of Saint Paul of Nigeria

Founded by
Cardinal Dominic Ekandem

Established by the
Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria







Pastoral Ministry

In docility to the Holy Spirit we embrace the missionary vocation and are prepared to be faithful to it for life. We consecrates our lives to proclaiming Jesus and his Gospel. Our Christian faith is the source of our missionary dynamism. By our actions, our words and our life style, we wish to bear witness to the special love God has for the poor and lowly (Lk 1:51-53).

Like St Paul, we strive "to be all things to all people"(1 Cor. 99:22), to be welcoming and open, to live close to people, and to be simple in our relations with them. This requires a thorough study of their language and customs, a knowledge of their history and culture and of the current events of their country, so that we can become actively involved in making the Gospel come alive among those to whom we are sent. The Society, following the footsteps of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, St Paul, has as its primary aim the ministry of preaching, in imitation of Jesus Christ who went about preaching the Good News of the Kingdom. The Special task of preaching the Gospel to the nations as Ambassadors for Christ, calls on all members to go out and serve other people. This involves answering the call of the Church, especially in needy dioceses throughout the world.

The Society undertakes the missionary activities to all nations in accordance with the mandate of Christ.

As he has been sent by the Father, the Son himself sent the apostles (cf John 20:21) saying "go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations (cf Matthew 28:18)." The Church has received this solemn command of Christ from the apostles; and she must fulfil it to the very ends of the earth (cf Acts 1:8). Lumen Gentium, no. 17.

The Vocation of the members is to be missionary. Grateful for the riches of the Christian faith they themselves received, and with a burning desire to share it with others, the members both as individuals and as a Society, embrace the Missionary Vocation and a special one in the Church, and they make a life-long commitment to it in the Missionary Society of St Paul.

Like the patron, St Paul, the members find that the love of Christ and His mission is the driving force of their lives (cf 2 Corinthians 5:14) and fill them with an ardent zeal to spread the Gospel. Thoroughly performing their missionary work with zeal and fidelity.

The Society now boasts of 144 priest members. Currently, the Society has missionaries in Botswana, Britain, Cameroon, Grenada-West Indies, Liberia, Malawi, Republic of Tchad, Sweden, South Africa, The Gambia, The United States of America and Nigeria.

The motto of the Society is: "Pro Christo legatione ergo fungimur." Members as good ambassadors of Christ will strive to bring Christ and his salvific message to men and women of all peoples and to all nations but with emphasis on primary evangelization.


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Sunday, August 04, 2002