The Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria (MSP) is a Society of Apostolic Life founded in Nigeria in 1977. It was in response to the call of Pope Paul VI call in Uganda in 1969 that the time has come for the churches of Africa to share in the missionary work of the universal Church. The Society now has 240 priests working in nine African countries of Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and South Sudan. Our priests are also working in Great Britain, Grenada, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Bahamas, Canada and United States of America. Following in the footsteps of the Great Apostle, St. Paul, we strive to bring Christ to people of every nation wherever the Church needs us most. We are involved in primary evangelization and revitalization of weak churches through the parish structure. We also engage in hospital and school chaplaincies, social justice, education and care of the poor.
Do you feel called to the Missionary Priesthood?
If you have the desire to serve the church beyond your diocese or Nigeria, you may consider writing to the address below:
The Vocations Director,
Missionary Society of St. Paul
P.M.B. 2011, Iperu-Remo
Ogun State, Nigeria.
Phone: 0802-996-8777 Or 0810-282-2050
Requirements for those seeking admission include:
Age - 17-25 years (Graduates, NCE holders, etc. may be older)
Academic Qualifications - Minimum of 5 credits, including English, in GCE/SSCE
Testimonials - From parish priest, principals of schools/employers Personal Qualities - Strong Faith, Love of Jesus Christ, Love of people and Good health.
Note: At the moment, admission is limited to only Nigerian citizens living in Nigeria
THE PROCESS: When a candidate is accepted, he goes for a two-year spiritual formation in our House of Formation in Iperu-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. At the end of that, successful candidates proceed to study philosophy for four years in our seminary in Gwagwalada-Abuja, Nigeria after which the candidate does a four year theological program. Note that the last year of philosophy is the first year of theology. Candidates make their first commitment at the beginning of the philosophy and the final commitment at the diaconate ordination. During the program, there are opportunities for practical experiences during the long vacations when students are attached to parishes.