The Late Rev. Fr. Bartholomew Chikezie Money, MSP; was born in 1952. He was the third child of Mazi Boniface and Mrs. Catherine Monye. He hailed from Umuagwu, Ohii in Owerri, Imo State.

Fr. Monye had his primary education at St. Joseph’s Primary School, Ohii, 1959-1963, and St. Mary’s Primary School, Uwani- Enugu, 1964-1965. He did correspondence private studies immediately after the Nigeria civil war, obtaining a London Education Association diploma in Book-Keeping and Accountancy, and a diploma from the London Business Training Limited. He also did advance Accounting with Wolsey Hall, London.

During those years of private studies, Fr. Monye worked as an office clerk, account clerk, and manager/Secretary/Accountant with a number of business organizations. He joined the National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, then at Iperu Remo, Ogun State, in 1983, as a spiritual year student. He studied philosophy and theology at the Abuja between 1984 and 1991, and was ordained a priest in the Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria on 22nd June 1991.

His first post-ordination assignment took him to Sacred Heart Parish, Ankpa, in Idah the first the Diocese. In 1992, he was assigned with the first group of the Missionaries of St. Paul to Mzuzu Diocese in Malawi. He was a co-pastor of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Bowe, Mzimba, when he met his death on 21st June 1997 in a motor accident. His remains were buried two days after at the Diocesan Cemetery in Mzuzu in according to our Constitutions of the Missionaries of St. Paul among whom he was a member.

In the Missionary Society of St. Paul, Fr. Monye was known for several sterling qualities. He was one of the few who kept their intellectual interest alive with reading and writing.

Fr. Monye was well known for his “frank talk” column in the ‘Periscope”, the seminary’s magazine. It was the great importance he attached to knowledge that made him carry his entire library down to Malawi, despite the huge cost involved. He believed that those books would be of some benefit to the young people among whom he worked.

It must be noted to that Fr. Monye was a great sportsman. Even at this age until his death, he still played soccer. In fact, he was known among his colleagues as “Leather” because of his performance on the field.

A funeral Mass was celebrated for him by his brothers at the Society‘s headquarters at Abuja on 30th June 1997. Today, the Society comes to sympathize in special way with, and share in the grief of, Fr. Monye’s family and friends. We understand what it means to lose a beloved one and even more, to have one’s dear son, brother and friend buried in the foreign land. But that is one of the great sacrifices involved in being a missionary or having a relation who is a missionary. We deeply appreciate this great sacrifice of Fr. Monye’s family. We earnestly pray that the Holy Spirit console his entire family, most especially his mother. We sincerely believe that he is at peace with the Lord for whom he worked and died in a foreign land.

By Fr. Livie Onyebuchi, MSP.

(Culled by Missionaries of St. Paul MSP Funeral Mass for Revd. Fr. Bartholomew Chikezie Monye, MSP)