St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery of Divine Providence
Charism
Prayer

Contact Information
Contact: P. O. box 2461 Owerri, Imo State.


Society Of The Holy Child Jesus
Charism and Spirituality
To imitate and follow the holy child Jesus in the way of simplicity, humility, obedience, charity, joy accepted suffering and zeal in the apostolate.

Contact Information
P. O. box 52465 Ikoyi Post Office, Lagos.


Sisters of St. Michael the archangel
Charism and Spirituality
Evangelization through Inculturation

Contact Information
P O. Box 1360 Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State


Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur
Charism and Spirituality
How good is the good God

Contact Information
P. O. Box 377 Enugu


Sisters Of Jesus The Redeemer
Charism and Spirituality
To God alone be the glory

Contact Information
Vocation Director: Plot 13/15 4th Avenue, Gwarimpa FHA, Abuja


Poor Handmaids Of Jesus
Charism and Spirituality
To serve according to God’s holy will

Contact Information
P. O. Box 153 Bwari Abuja FCT


Missionary Sisters of our Lady of Apostles, Province of Nigeria.
Charism and Spirituality
Mission of Evangelization

Contact Information
O. Box 10 Ikja Maryland Lagos State.

Missionary Sisters Of The Holy Rosary
Charism and Spirituality
Readiness to be sent beyond our country and culture to help people in need

Contact Information
P.O Box 9677 Enugu


Medical Missionaries Of Mary West Africa Area
Charism and Spirituality
health/Medicine

Contact Information
P.O Box 853, Benin City Edo state


Immaculate Heart Of Mary Mother Of Christ
Charism and Spirituality
Compassion

Contact Information
P.O Box 1551, 430001 Odoakpu-Onitsha Anambra State


Carmelite Missionaries
Charism and Spirituality
To be an authentic sign of communion in the church

Contact Information
P .O. Box 562, Nsukka


Benedictine Word Incarnate Paschal Abbey
Charism and Spirituality
Worship in Spirit and inner healing

Contact Information
P. O. Box 113, Enugu


Missionary Sisters Of The Holy Ghost (Spiritans)
Charism and Spirituality
Reveal Christ in Poor areas

Contact Information
P.O Box 38, CODE 270001,Zone 2, Ankpa, Kogi state


Handmaids Of The Holy Child Jesus
Charism and Spirituality
Love and service

Contact Information
P.O Box 155 Ikot-Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State


Sisters Of The Eucharistic Heart Of Jesus
Charism and Spirituality
Sharing the sentiments of Christ when he gave the Eucharist

Contact Information
P.O Box 5239 Ikeja 100001, Lagos state.


Daughters Of Providence For The Deaf And Dumb
Charism and Spirituality
to uplift the suffering of the less privileged (Deaf and Dumb)

Contact Information
P.O. Box 205, Ogbe Ahiari, Ahiazu L.G.A


Daughters Of Mary Mother Of Mercy
Charism and Spirituality
We undertake the apostolate of caring for the spiritually and physically poor, by working in orphanages, hospitals, homes and teaching schools.

Contact Information
P.O.BOX 1383, Umuahia, Abia State.


Daughters Of Divine Love
Charism and Spirituality
Generous loving response to Divine love is called Incarnate.

Contact Information
P.O.Box 546 Enugu, Enugu State


Daughters Of Charity Of St.Vincent Depaul , Servant Of The Poor
Charism and Spirituality
Service of Christ in persons living with poverty 

Contact Information
P.O.BOX 123 Nchia Eleme 501001 Rivers State


Augustinian Sisters Of The Mercy Of Jesus
Charism and Spirituality
Mercy

Contact Information
P.O. Box 58, Maiduguri, Borno State


Cistercian Order Of Strict Observance1
Charism and Spirituality
Prayer

Contact Information
P. O. Box 371 Abakaliki, Ebonyi State




Vincentian Missionaries
Who they are
The Congregation of the Missions, the Vincentians, is an international congregation of priests and brothers, founded in 1625 in France by St. Vincent de Paul. Hence they are commonly referred to (in Nigeria especially) as the Vincentians. They are community people; priests and brothers live together sharing in common Vincentian heritage. Vincentians belong to the Society Apostolic of Apostolic Life.

Charism and Spirituality
The Charism of the Vincentians is to reach out to the poor through the good news as expressed in our traditional apostolate of evangelizing the rural people and preparing people for ministry in the Church. “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor”

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
There are over 10,000 Vincentians working in over 60 countries of the world. You find them in Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Madagascar, etc. The Vincentians are working in the following dioceses in Nigeria: Enugu, Otukpo, Idah, Nnewi, Orlu, Ikot Ekpene, Ijebu-ode and Abeokuta. We also work in Abuja, Warri, Port Harcourt, Lagos and Nnewi dioceses. Their apostolate include preaching of retreats and missions, running of parishes, seminaries, schools and colleges. Vincentians have being outstanding in the training of catechists, spiritual direction to Institutions and, prison chaplaincy.

Requirement for Admission
(1)  a desire to serve the poor in spirit and after the example of St. Vincent
(2)  An application
(3)  a Recommendation from your parish pastor and from A letter of reference from your last school principal/employer/parish catechist
(4)  Five credits in not more than two sittings, including English
(5)  Baptismal Card.
(6)  Age: 18-22 for WASC Holders and 18-26 for graduates and professionals.
(7)  A letter of approval from your family (8) A medical report of health condition from a catholic hospital.

Contact Information
Rev. Fr. Donatus Nwobodo, C.M.
St. Vincent Parish House Ogobia Box 13, Otukpo Benue State OR 
St. Vincent de Paul House Mary Land Box 3356, Enugu Enugu State OR 
Blessed Ghebre Micheal Abiakpo Ntak Inyang Box 126, Ikot Ekpene Akwa Ibom State.


Claretian Missionaries
Who they are
The Claretian Missionary is an international congregation of Priests and Brothers founded by St. Anthony Mary Claret on July 16, 1849, in Vic, Spain and approved by Pope Pius IX on December, 22, 1865.

Charism and Spirituality
The Claretians are called sons of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Cordis Mariae Fillii - CMF) or simply Claretian Missionaries. Hence, they have special and filial (personal) relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary. For self-dedication, Claretians take the vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience, and this enables them, priests and brothers to live and share things in common in accordance with the spirit of their founder.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Claretians are in many parts of the world including Europe, America, Asia and Africa. There is hugely Claretian presence in Nigeria. They engage in Missions, Parish work, Managing of Schools and Seminaries, preaching of retreats, chaplaincy in the universities and other higher institutions, acting as spiritual directors in seminaries and other schools, etc.

Requirement for Admission
Candidate must be between 18 and 22 and must have gotten one’s O’level certificate with Credit passes in at least 6 subjects including English and maths in not less than two sittings. For further enquiries for any review of the criteria for admission use the following contact info below.

Contact Information
The Vocation Director The Vocation Director Claretian Missionaries OR Claretian Missionaries Phone: 042-454578,258134 Phone: 083-233152, 232392 P.O. Box80,Enugu Enugu State. P. O. Box 328, Owerri Imo State.

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Congregation Of The Holy Ghost
Who they are
The Congregation of the Holy Ghost was founded by Claude Poullart des Places in 1703 in France and was restored in 1848 by Francis Mary Paul Libermann. The spirit of this congregation is etched in her motto: Cor Unum et Anima Una (One Heart and One Soul). The congregation is an international one spread across the globe, Africa, America, Europe, etc.

Charism and Spirituality
1. To follow Christ more closely and to announce the Good News of the kingdom by responding creatively to the needs of evangelization of our time. 2. Evangelization of the poor especially those who have not yet heard the message of the Gospel or who have scarcely heard it, those who needs are greatest. We willingly accept tasks for which the Church has difficulty in finding workers.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
In Nigeria: Dioceses of Aba, Abeokuta, Abuja, Auchi, Awgu, Awka, Benin, Ekiti, Enugu, Idah, Ijebu-Ode, Jalingo, Kafanchan, Lagos, Makurdi, Nnewi, Nsukka, Okigwe, Onitsha, Orlu, Otukpo, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Warri and Yola. As a result this big prescence of the Spiritan in Nigeria, their work has grown to their having four regions which include: Delta, Benue, Kogi and Onitsha.

Requirement for Admission
(a) For the Priesthood, a candidate should be an active Catholic with a sound moral background, good health, right motivation for Catholic religious missionary apostolate; he should have an over-all maturity and the ability to relate well with people. He must possess basic academic qualification (University entry requirement). (b) For the Brotherhood, a candidate may have a trade/ professional qualification in the absence of the other basic academic standards.

Contact Information
Contact the Vocation Director closest to you: Abuja: P. O. Box 7285, Wuse, Abuja Or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Delta: P.O. Box4003, Warri Delta state, Nigeria. Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Owerri: P.O. Box 1560, Owerri Imo State. Or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Benue: P.O. Box314, Aliade Benue State, Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kogi: P.O. Box 19, Egume Kogi state csspok This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Congregation of the oblates of the Virgin Mary
Who they are
The Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV) is a clerical Religious Institute of Pontifical right whose members include clerics This is a congregation of Priests and Brothers called by the Holy Spirit to seek God alone. The Oblates give themselves totally to the Father through the public vows, and follow Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Blessed Virgin.
The aim of the Congregation is to work for the salvation and sanctification of mankind through the imitation of Christ and the observance of their Constitutions. The Founder of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV) is Venerable Fr. Pius Bruno Lanteri, together with Fr. Giovanni Baptista Reynaudi.

Charism and Spirituality
The Oblates have a spiritually deeply rooted in Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The spirituality is animated by the Spiritual Exercises inspired by the spirit of the Founder; it is attentive to the interior life and the apostolate ("Contemplatives in action"); and it is community-oriented.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Consequently, in 1998 the first Community of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary was established in Nigeria. Oblates engage in many apostolates in Nigeria which include but not limited to running parishes, provision of spiritual direction and accompaniment to the clergy, teaching and administration of educational institutions, etc.

Requirement for Admission
(1)Age limit: 17-25 years. First-degree or equivalent certificate, must be under 30 years of age. (2)Academic Qualifications: A minimum of five (05) credits, including English; SSCE, WASC or GCE; Graduates; holders of NCE/OND/HND, or Professional Qualifications.(3)Testimonial: Letter or reference from Parish Priest or another Catholic Priest; testimonial from School Principal and/or Employer; (4) Personal Qualities: right intention; moral integrity; spirit of prayer, good health; joy and zeal to live the spirit and mission of Oblates as a Priest or a Brother, outgoing and generous dispositions; strong faith, love of Jesus Christ; closeness to the Church (especially through the Holy Eucharist); love of people; ability to live, and serve the Oblate mission in a family like community; leadership qualities and willingness to face difficult challenges.

Contact Information
For application, please write to: The Vocations Director, Seminary of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, P.O. Box 23, 910101, Suleja, Niger State, Tel. +234(0)8036015024 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Benedictines
Who they are
Benedictines are one of the odeset order in the church. The Order was founded by St. Benedict about 1,500 years ago. Members of the Benedictine order are contemplatives who devote their time to prayer and work. Their life is simple: prayer and work in common and mutual charity guided by an abbot.

Charism and Spirituality
The charism of the Benedictines is found in the rule of life of their Founder. We find in it this lines: "Let them prefer nothing whatever to the Work of God (the Divine Office)." "then are they truly monks when they are able to live by the work of their hands" (RB) From these two rules, we see that their charism is to engage in intensive prayer and work such that both are one and the same in importance.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Today, there are Benedictines in every culture of the world. Here, in Nigeria, apart from Ewu, there are Benedictines at Onitsha, Enugu and Ozubulu. In these communities, they live out their prayer life and engage in all sorts of work, of which herbal farm and the production of herbal drug for alternative medications has become prominent these days.

Requirement for Admission
One has to have acquired a strong disposition for life of prayer and work, and of course a resilient faith. For further enquiries for any review of the criteria for admission use the following contact info below.

Contact Information
Vocation Director :
Benedictine Monastery
P. O. Box 150 Ewu-Ishan Edo State.


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Order of st. Augustine
Who they are
The Order of St. Augustine takes its inspiration from the life and writings of the renowned Bishop of Hippo, AURELIUS AUGUSTINUS, (354 - 430), who graced the Church of North Africa in a time of strife and divisions. The Order as we know it today, took shape through an amalgamation of many autonomous groups who based their lives on the Rule. They were brought together as apostolic fraternity, through the Great Union of Pope Innocent IV in 1244 and Alexander IV in 1256 

Charism and Spirituality
The spirituality of the Augustinians comes from the spirituality of St. Augustine of Hippo. They live simple life style in community and are bound their religious vow of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Augustinians in Nigeria do parish, preach retreat and they also rum school. The establishment of St. Augustine's Major Seminary in Jos is probably the single most important factor in the extraordinary growth of the Church then, over the past 30 years. It was the seedbed of nursery for future priests and bishops and the spiritual and intellectual matrix of a new Christendom 

Requirement for Admission
Not available 

Contact Information
St. John's Parish P.O. Box3187 Garki, Abuja.

Our Lady of Lourde's P.O. Box 6650 Surulere, Lagos Lagos State

Tel: 01-2880359

Augustinian Monastery P.O. Box Box 1627 Jos Plateau State.

Tel: 073-613178

E-mail: osamonastery@yahoo. com

Augustinian Novitiate P.O. Box 402

Jos, Plateau State. 

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The Discalced Carmelite Order
Who they are
The order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel takes its name from Mount Carmel in Israel where it originated. The mountain was first inhabited by Elijah and Elisha, and the so-called “sons of the prophets” about the year 850 BC. But in the 16th century, St. Teresa of Avila together with St. John of the Cross reform the Order and today we have the "Teresian" Reform or Discalced Carmelites (from the Spanish word "discalzos" meaning "barefooted," a sign of reform). 

Charism and Spirituality
Prayer is at the heart of the renewal that St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross brought to the Carmelite Order. The Carmelites are known for their family and Marian Spirit and Prophetic Charisma. Their own experience of contemplative prayer and the wonderful way in which they wrote about this experience has been the inspiration of their followers ever since. Thus the community and its life is prayer-centered. Everything is built on and around prayer. 

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Carmel came to Nigeria in 1988 through the generous efforts of Fr. Charles Newell, OCD and Fr. Thomas Curran OCD. Since then, it has grown into a good number of houses, which constitute which constitute Carmelite Region of Nigeria, which is under Anglo-Irish Province of the Order. There is no Church ministry that is excluded by the Carmelite ideal. They engage in retreat and spirituality programmes, teaching at second and third level educational institutes, hospitals and prisons chaplains, social work, parishes and counseling. However, the communication of prayer experience to others is the chief apostolate of the Discalced Carmelites. 

Requirement for Admission
(1)FIVE (5) subjects at CREDIT LEVEL at ONE SITTING or SIX subjects at TWO SITTINGS (English Language inclusive). (2) Age limits: 18 and 25 years old (candidate at older limits to possess third level certificate) (3) Good health, Integral faith Right intention, Good family background, Good moral and proven virtue, Good reputation and Good Christian upbringing. 

Contact Information
Vocational Director,

 Mount Carmel Prayer Centre 17 Nike Avenue, Ekulu, G.R.A, P. O Box 3612, Enugu Enugu State. Phone: 042/253670 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Missionaries OF Africa (MAfr.) "White Fathers" Priests and Brothers
Who they are
The society of the Missionaries of Africa, popularly known as "White Fathers" is a missionary institute of Priests and Brothers living in small international communities at the service of the people of the African world. Our society was founded in 1868 by Cardinal Lavingerie in Algiers, Algeria. Today, we are a family of over 2000 brothers and priests from thirty-four different countries and from the five continents. Among these are over ninety African members. Some of our members are priests, some are brothers and others are associates, all having the same missionary vocation. 

Charism and Spirituality
The Missionaries of Africa lay special stress on the family spirit, prayer and work in common. This is not only to be achieved among the members of the missionary communities but also together with the people whom we serve. This means that we must have respect for all African people not only in theory but also in practice. 

Apostolate (in Nigeria)

As our name stands out, Africa is the place of our apostolate. We are working in 22 of the 54 countries of Africa. As missionaries, we normally work outside our own country. So, Nigerians joining us will be sent to another African country for their apostolic activity. Our special attention is given to: dialogue with Islam, African Traditional Religious and other religious groups, integral development education of evangelical justice, guidance of youth, families and engaged couples, training catechists and prayer leaders, support of AIDS patients, the mass media, promoting the formation and growth of Christian communities and animating the local church to be missionary in turn. 


Requirement for Admission
Good health, have received the sacrament of confirmation, have been involved in some apostolate at home, have prayer life, attracted to simple life style and able to be happy with little, must be open to cross- culture and inter-racial living. The person must be prepared to be committed to Justice and Peace. He should have at least five credits including English Language in GCE/SSCE. He should, moreover be between 18 and 25 years of age. 

Contact Information
Vocation Director Missionaries of Africa

 P.O.Box 19460 U.I,P.O. Ibadan, Oyo State.

Tel: 02-8103814 Fax: 02-8103620 

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Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate
Who they are
The Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate was founded by St. Eugene de Mazenod in the Year 1826 in Aix in Province of France. The Congregation is an international congregation made up of Fathers and Brothers. The Congregation is in more than 75 countries in the world. 

Charism and Spirituality
Evangelisation of the poor, both those who are materially poor and those who are spiritually poor. 

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Teaching,  Parish work, Prison apostolate, Hospital apostolate, visit of the sick, Preaching retreats, etc. 

Requirement for Admission

Young boys with good health condition, and with WACE/GCE five credits with English, Mathematics and CRK or university graduates. The candidate should not be above 22 years of age. 


Contact Information

Not available yet 

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Oblates of St. Joseph
Who they are
St. Joseph Marello founded the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph on March 14, 1878 in the town of Asti in Northern Italy. Oblates of St. Joseph are found in Italy, Philippines, Brazil, America, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Poland, India, Nigeria, Slovakia, Chile, Romania. 

Charism and Spirituality

As posited by this Saintly founder, holiness of life in the Christian sense could become possible through an ordinary, simple, and hidden life in imitation of St. Joseph, who co-operated in bringing faithfully to completion the work of salvation as designed by God.

Its purpose is to promote the glory of God by the sanctification of its members and the exercise of the apostolate. It gives witness to the evangelical counsels by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. 


Apostolate (in Nigeria)
St. Joseph Marello's blueprint for apostolate of his congregation includes: moral and religious education of youth, assisting the local clergy and spreading devotion to St. -Joseph, patron of the universal Church. St. Joseph are called to reproduce in their ministry the Christian mystery as it was lived by St. Joseph in union with God, in humility, in a hidden life, in hard work and total commitment to "the interests of Jesus".

Nigerian is the first African country, which welcomed the congregation in 1990. Supported surely and safely protected by their Patron, St. Joseph, the congregation has witnessed considerable growth. After more than a decade of existence and under the guidance and service of the present Delegate Superior, Rev. Fr. Sunil Kararackall osj, the congregation runs three houses, namely a Parish in Lagos and two houses of formation in Ibadan.

Requirement for Admission
Not available now. CONTACT THE CONGREGATION. But you may need to have acquired some the basic requirement for religious and missionary life which include (but limited to ) good faith, good health, academic qualification good enough to gain you admission in Nigerian universities, between 18 and 25, etc. 

Contact Information

Vocation Director

 St. Joseph's Seminary Km. 8, Old Lagos Road Opere Village

  1. O. Box 30725 Secretariat P. O.

Ibadan, Oyo State.

 Phone: (02) 231-12-38 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Vocation Director

Oblates of St. Joseph

 2 Hendrickse Str. P. O Box 30725 Bodija, Ibadan Oyo State.

Phone: (02) 810-03-84

 

St. Mary's Catholic Church Ire-Akan Estate Road, Isolo

  1. O. Box 366, OTSPO, Oshodi Lagos, Lagos State.

 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Order Of Preachers - Dominicans

Who they are

Order of preachers (Dominicans) was founded by St. Dominic.  It is indeed of the oldest and strongest Religious organization in Catholic Church. In obedience to the spirit and experience of their father founder, the primary task of the Dominicans is preaching. The Order of Preachers consists of both the ordained and the non-ordained Brothers. Members of the Order are known as Brothers. Every Dominican is a preacher. The Dominican Order is a clerical order.w 


Charism and Spirituality
As Dominicans, we are called to be a prophetic presence in our society. Their motto is Truth. Preaching is our primary task. We must make sure therefore, that it is the Good News of our Lord Jesus who is living here and i iow among us that we preach - a message of affirmation and hope rather than that of condemnation or fear. 

Apostolate (in Nigeria)

Oder of preachers are found in the following dioceses in Nigeria: Enugu, Aba, Sokoto, and in the following archdioceses: Port Harcourt, Lagos, Onitsha, etc. They run chaplaincies, school apostolate, retreat and missions, etc.

  


Requirement for Admission

To become a Dominican one has to:

(1)Have good health and sound mind (2) Be a baptized and confirmed Catholic (3)Believe in God's love for the world (4) Eagerness to preach the good news to others (5)Readiness to live community life. (6)"O" Level Credits in WASC or its equivalent e.g. GCE, SSCE, & OND. Or  Bachelor's Degree or HND ort he equivalent certificates. 


Contact Information

The Vocation Director

Dominican Community, P.M.B.5361,

Ibadan, Oyo State.

 

Prospective candidates can also visit our Communities these states:

ABIA: Aba Diocese:

All Saints Catholic Church, Obigbo (Oyigbo - River State)

ANAMBRA: Onitsha Archdiocese:

St. Albert the Great Church, Odume, Obosi.

Issele Uku Diocese

St. Patrick Catholic Church, Agbor Obi.

Lagos Archdiocese: St. Dominic Catholic Church, 356 Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba.

Catholic Chaplaincy, Unilag, Lagos.

Oshogbo Diocese: Catholic Chaplaincy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

ZAMFARA: Sokoto Diocese:

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Gusau. 

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Order Of The Cistercians (O.C.S.O.)
Who they are
The Order of the Cistercians of Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.) is one among the Benedictan family of Religious Orders. Living a strict monastic life, it applies the Benedictan Rules as closely as possible to their origins. The Order has spread to many parts of the world where each monastery identifies with others, in its faithfulness and monastic discipline.

Charism and Spirituality
Living a strict monastic life is their charism, and doing so, Benedictan Rule is lived to the full as possible.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Their apostolate is to live the Victim life of Christ, sharing in His suffering through faithfulness to the monastic lifestyle. The mother monastery is in Awhum in Enugu State. There is also another in Akokwa, Imo State, Nigeria.

Requirement for Admission
One must have sound mental and physical health, and should have obtained Senior School Certificate (SSCE/GCE/NECO).

Contact Information
If you have a strong desire to give your life to God in a monastic way, then contact: The Novice Master, Mount Calvary Monastery Awhum. P.O. Box698 Enugu, Enugu State.

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Schoenstatt Fathers
Who they are
Fr. Joseph Kentenich (1885 1968) is the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, a worldwide family of many branches, mainly lay people of all walks of life: youth, men, women, couples, professionals, academics, Reverend Sisters, Brothers, Priests (Diocesan Priests and the Schoenstatt Fathers). All of them share the same apostolic zeal, a high sense of responsibility for the Church and the inner renewal of society. Schoenstatt is the name of a place of pilgrimage in Germany and means a beautiful place. It is a religious centre, place of grace, a shrine dedicated to Mary the Thrice Admirable of Schoenstatt. The name Schoenstatt became the trademark for the apostolic and Marian Movement coming forth from that place, and for a new spirituality in the church.

Charism and Spirituality
What is the aim of the Catholic Action, of the Catholic Movement? Participation of lay people in the apostolate; everyone should be an apostle!
That is the spirit of Schoenstatt movement. Therefore, they are called to be the first to live and guarantee the spirit of the Movement by following Christ in the evangelical counsels of obedience, poverty and chastity, and communal brotherhood. Among the Church's communities of a consecrated life, they form a Secular Institute, a modern form of following Christ and living together in community.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
The Schoenstatt Fathers make up part of this large family or movement. As priests they can be involved in any pastoral work, but especially in the formation of lay leaders in the spirit of the Catholic Church. Nevertheless, their main task is to give inspiration, formation and spiritual guidance to the different groups of the Schoenstatt Movement.

Requirement for Admission
The genuine joy and zeal to live the spirit and mission of Schoenstatt as a Priest and Spiritual Father. Sound psychological, physical, and moral qualities to serve this mission in a family-like community. Secondary School Certificate Examination with at least 6 credits (including English Language) in not more than two sittings. The aggregate of the results of the six best subjects must be below 29 points. A written application before or immediately after the SSCE. Currently, an age limit of 23 years is applied for the admission as a candidate.

Contact Information
Vocation Director, Schoenstatt Fathers, G.P.O. Pox 37085, Ibadan, Oyo State. Better by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone: 02/2412232 or 0806 6611881

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Society Of African Missions (Sma)
Who they are
Founded in 1856 in Lyons, France, the first SMA priest landed in Lagos and celebrated the first Mass there on 9 March, 1862. SMA missionaries established the Catholic Church in many parts of Nigeria, from Badagry to Asaba, from Kano to Lagos and many parts in between.

Charism and Spirituality
The spirit of the SMA Fathers is to establish the faith in the most abandoned areas of the world.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Primary Evangelization, Parish work, training lay leaders, catechesis, Justice & Peace, working with the most abandoned, empowering women.

Requirement for Admission
(1)Strong faith (2) Good moral character (3) Good health (4) FIVE credits (including English Language) in WASC/GCE. We don't accept those with NECO. (5) Under 26 years of age on date of admission to the SMA formation programme (an exception may be made if you already have a primary degree).

Contact Information
SMA Vocations Director Society of African Missions PO Box 84, Kagoro Kaduna State. OR SMA Vocations Director SMA House PO Box 8414, Shomolu Lagos State.

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Society Of Divine Vocations (Vocationist Fathers)
Who they are
The society of Divine Vocations (Vocationist Fathers) is a religious congregation of pontifical right consisting of priests and brothers who live out same Vocation and share the same spirit and apostolate. It was founded by Venerable Fr. Justin Mary RussolHlo in 1914 at Naples, Italy, with the specific charism of searching out, cultivating, helping and educating Vocations to faith, religious life, priesthood and holiness. It achieves this aim through Youth apostolate, Catechesis, retreat talks and daily vocational meetings. The Vocationists serve God and His people working in vocationaries, parishes, missions and schools which are its fields of apostolate. At present, we are in Italy, Brazil, Argentina, U.S.A, Philippines, India and Nigeria.

Charism and Spirituality
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Apostolate (in Nigeria)
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Requirement for Admission
Applicants must possess moral integrity, sound spirituality and proven intelligence; at least 5 credits including English in WASC/GCE/SSS for the priesthood and less for the brotherhood.

Contact Information
The Vocation Director, Vocationist Fathers P. O. Box 227, Oparanadim Ekwerazu Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria, Tel: 087- 772642 The Vocation Director Vocationist Fathers or P.O. Box 7518 sect, Ibadan, Oyo State Tel: 02-8104262

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Society Of Jesus (Jesuit Fathers And Brothers)
Who they are
St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit Order, was born of noble and wealthy family, in 1491 A.D. One day in the city of Pamplona Ignatius was seriously wounded in a battle by a cannon ball (he was a soldier). His leg was badly broken and would take a long while to heal. It was during this recovery that the course of his life was changed. He began to read about the life of Christ and the saints and came to see the Lord calling him to promote the glory of God, instead of his own glory and honour. Ignatius left home, family and wealth and dedicated himself to prayer and penance. He realized that he needed an education to serve God properly so he settled down to school in the University of Paris. While there he attracted several companions of like minds and they pledged themselves to God's service, professing vows of poverty and chastity. One of these men was St. Francis Xavier, the great apostle of the Indies.
Jesuits Today Today, the Society of Jesus is the largest religious order of men in the Catholic Church, with 21,000 men spread all over the world. Its members continue to go wherever they are sent Ad Mojorem Dei Gloriam - for the great glory of God. Since its beginning, it has been involved with the education of youth and today manages some 260 schools and universities worldwide. Publishing, scientific research, as well as the social and pastoral ministries, remain their high apostolic priorities. Since the Second Vatican Council, the Society of Jesus has been making special effort to focus on service of the faith and the promotion of justice that this service involves.

Charism and Spirituality
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Apostolate (in Nigeria)
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Requirement for Admission
A young man must be practicing Roman Catholic, 18-35 years old. He must have SSCE/GCE results of six credits, including English Language, aggregate (total) 27 or better, The personal qualities looked for include good health, outgoing and generous dispositions, experience in Parish society and apostolic activities, spirit of prayer, closeness to the Church, especially through the Eucharist, leadership qualities and willingness to face difficult challenges. For Brotherhood A young man must be a practicing Roman Catholic, 18-30 years old. He must have SSCE/GCE result of five credits, include English Language, aggregate (total) 23 or better. Personal qualities looked for in a candidate for the Brotherhood include good health, outgoing and generous dispositions, and a spirit of prayer. He must have shown some professional skill and competence in some area so that he is able to make his living.

Contact Information
Vocation Director P.O. Box 223 Surulere, Lagos Nigeria. Phone:01-5456188 E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Teshi-Nungua Accra, Ghana. Phone:21-716198 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. P.O. Box TN 1911

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Sons Of Our Mother Of Peace
Who they are
Founded 1966 in USA by Rev. Fr. Placid Guste, SMP, present Superior General, with two foundations in U.S.; one in Philippines; one in Nigeria (2002): a house of initial formation; a house for students; a location for a permanent monastery now in development (Awka Diocese).

Charism and Spirituality
A Religious Community (Priests and Brothers), culturally diverse, adhering to a consecrated life that is:
1. Monastic in Spirit: firmly rooted in contemplative prayer and detachment so as to live for God alone (Spirituality of St. John of the Cross, Mystic and Doctor), desiring to leave behind all passing things for The ALL. A notable amount of silence is balanced by distinct time for conversation and sharing.
2. Monastic in Structure: celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice is the heart of each day with Liturgy of the Hours chanted five times daily. There is lectio diuina during a portion of lunch and dinner. Evangelical counsels of obedience, celibate chastity and gospel poverty lived in material simplicity focus on following the poor Christ so that we may find our riches in the heavenly kingdom. We live without TV, radio, secular newspapers, personal handsets and e-mail. Though we are NOT cloistered, annual visits to parents are quite limited and we do not seek "holidays." We strive to be committed to a "victim" form of life with voluntary penance and the call to "childlikeness" close to our Mother Mary. Our habit is blue with an emblem of the Cross above the letter "M". Over time members gradually move into deeper solitude for prayer in individual hermitages.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Our time is equally divided between prayer and a completely spiritual apostolate: A. Direct evangelization home-to-home, bringing the Good News both to Christians separated from the Catholic Church and to non-Christians, especially to the poor, inviting persons to consider the fullness, unity and treasure of the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ.
B. Individual retreats. Spiritual guidance and weekly group conferences for Catholic lay persons to deepen their communion with God and to train them to become evangelists for the Church. We do not manage parishes.


Requirement for Admission
Catholic men who are baptized, confirmed communicants from the age of 21 years, of good moral character attested by letters of reference. Aspirants should be thirsting for holiness and be zealous for souls. They must have sound physical and mental health with emotional balance and be able to mingle well and live the common life charitably. Applicants should value diversity of persons striving to live in one Spirit in Christ while desiring to be taught generosity in giving of themselves. SSCE or GCE results should show either 5 subjects at credit level in one sitting with an aggregate (total) of 23 credits or better OR 6 subjects at credit level in two sittings with an aggregate (total) of 27 credits or better (English Language included in either case). Proficiency in speaking English and ability to sing "on key" and to match musical pitch are necessary.

Contact Information
Son s of Our Mother of Peace PM.B 7071 Umuahia, Abia State 440001 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 08035376630 Director: Vocations/Initial Formation.

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St. Patrick s missionary society
Who they are
Fr. Patrick J. Whitney founded our society on St. Patrick's Day, 17th March 1932, when he and two companions took the oath of membership of the new Missionary Society. Its first members were secular priests drawn from the diocesan clergy of Ireland. The great Holy Ghost missionary, Bishop Joseph Shanahan inspired the first members to be missionaries. He invited them to come and work in his Diocese in Southern Nigeria, which Fr. Pat Whitney, along with others, responded to in 1920.Its Beginning and Growth At its beginning, the Society was entrusted by the Pope, with the care of the area in southern Nigeria, which today is made up of the Archdioceses of Calabar, the Dioceses of Ogoja, Ikot Ekpene, Abakaliki, Uyo and parts of Port Harcourt and Umuahia. The headquarters of the Society is in Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Over the years, our work has spread to other parts of Nigeria and the world. Today, the Society runs a total of 345 parishes the world over.

Charism and Spirituality
I lie motto for the Missionary Society of St. Patrick is taken from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 5:14): "Caritas Christi Uget NOS" - "Christ's love compels us".

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
The work of our Society is pastorally oriented, with a willingness to answer particular needs in any diocese we are assigned to work in.

Requirement for Admission
Is God Calling You?
If you are interested in hearing more about St. Patrick's Missionary Society, you should contact one of its members in your own diocese or diocese near you. Or contact Vocation Director.
Basic Requirement for Admission
1. A call from God to be missionary priest in His Church Visible signs of an active faith Very good health to stand up to the rigors of missionary life Testimonials from your Parish Priest and principal
You must be at least 17 years old and under 25 years when you start initial formation. If you are a first-degree holder, you must be under 28 years of age.
Proficiency in English with minimum of five credits, including English Language, in your SSCE or GCE.


Contact Information
Vocation Director Patrick's Ikot Ansa, P.O. Box 1712 Calabar, Cross River State.

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The Capuchins
Who they are
The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (OFMCap.) is a branch of the Franciscan Order (founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209), approved in 1528. There are about 11,000 Capuchin friars living in over 27 countries of Europe, 20 of Asia and Oceania, 26 of Africa and 20 of America.

Charism and Spirituality
Our denomination (Friars Minor) indicates our charism: Gospel Fraternity and Minority lived in the context of prayer and humble service to the people of God. The Capuchins are very simple and humble community where priests and non-priests share religious experience on the basis of religious Franciscan Profession and all offices are shared among the brothers without discrimination, except those offices that are for clerics.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
They tried to settle in Nigeria in 1651(Benin City) and in 1656 (Warri); recently they established themselves in Onitsha (1984), in Enugu (1989) and in Ibadan (1989).They are available for pastoral and charitable activity as: preachers, missionaries, confessors, retreat masters, hospitals and prisons chaplains, spiritual assistants of groups, societies, religious congregations, helping or running parishes, assisting the poor, teaching, working for justice and peace, etc.

Requirement for Admission
Candidate must be between 18 and 22 and must have gotten one’s O’level certificate with Credit passes in at least 6 subjects including English and maths in not less than two sittings. For further enquiries for any review of the criteria for admission use the following contact info below.

Contact Information
Padre Pio Capuchin Franciscan Friary Olunde - Qlojuoro Rd. G.P.O. Box 38681 Ibadan, Oyo State. Tel/Fax-. 02-2414860 Capuchin Franciscan Friary 32/34 Ridgeway Rd. GRA. P.O. Box2021 Enugu, Enugu State. Tel/Fax: 0042-251270 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria (MSP)
Who they are
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Charism and Spirituality
Our charism is expressed in our universal love for all men and women of all races and creeds especially the poor. They strive for an evangelical simplicity of life, joy in sharing, hospitality and graciousness, especially to strangers. The love of God is our driving force.

Apostolate (in Nigeria)
Following the footsteps of St. Paul, their patron, and the great Apostle of the Gentiles, their primary apostolate is preaching, in the imitation of Jesus Christ who went about preaching the Good News of the Kingdom. In this spirit, MSPs focus on the founding and developing of new Christian Communities without prejudice to the needs of those areas where the faith of normal Catholics may demand re-awakening and/or deepening. Today MSP priests at present number 143. You can find them in Liberia, Gambia, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Cameroun, USA, Chad, Sudan, Canada, Grenada, Sweden, Britain, Austria, Ireland, Rome and in Ijebu-Ode, Onitsha, Sokoto, Abeokuta, Lagos in Nigeria.

Requirement for Admission
Not available now. But you may need to have acquired some the basic requirement for religious and missionary life which include (but limited to ) good faith, good health, academic qualification good enough to gain you admission in Nigerian universities, between 18 and 25, etc.

Contact Information
The Vocations Director Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria P.M.B. 2011 Iperu-Remo 12003 Ogun State Nigeria E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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