All night at Fr. Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry: A real and moving presence in Nigeria
Posted: May 14, 2020 - 12:59pm
Every Friday night, for almost all of the night, huge crowds gather in the outskirts of Enugu, Nigeria for a prayer event that is easily among the best attended weekly gatherings in the Catholic world. Worship combines preaching, ecstatic Eucharistic adoration, two Masses, anointing and dance in a way that is hard to imagine for anyone who has not seen it before.
The compelling power of naming in Igbo culture
Posted: May 14, 2020 - 9:52am
One of the enduring—and literally compelling—aspects of Igbo traditional culture is the practice of naming. Today, parents still choose Igbo names to carry on that tradition in Christianized fashion.
Lay Catholic groups in Igboland: Legion of Mary to Charismatics
Posted: May 12, 2020 - 4:21pm
The growth of the Church in Igboland has depended from the beginning on the dedicated work of lay catechists. At Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish there is an abundance of lay organizations.
Family building in Nigeria carries on lineage, spirit of ancestors
Posted: May 12, 2020 - 11:42am
Both traditionally and today, family is a primary social institution in Igbo tradition. Catholic belief has altered the concept of the family in limited ways, but has left traditional structures and relationships significantly intact.
Initiation, title-taking, and the stages of life in Nigeria's Igboland
Posted: May 11, 2020 - 4:27pm
Traditional Igbo society was built on a series of initiation rituals that spanned the whole course of life, from naming rituals after birth to funerals that were conceived as initiation into the realm of the ancestors. Christian missionaries worked to eliminate or replace many initiation rituals, but some continue as culturally important.
Nigerian Catholic funerals an initiation to community of ancestors
Posted: May 8, 2020 - 4:34pm
According to Igbo tradition, funerals are huge—by the financial standards of most families, extravagant—and highly ritualized events. Modernization and the advent of Christianity have done little to change that. Funerals are an occasion when two worldviews, traditional and Catholic, often play out together.
Nigerian Catholics celebrate Christmas at home
Posted: May 8, 2020 - 3:11pm
By about December 20, people who can are expected to return to their home villages to celebrate Christmas, and generally stay there until after New Year.
Historical background: Igboland’s rapid journey into a Catholic bastion
Posted: May 8, 2020 - 11:59am
Remarkable as the growth of the Church was in its first 50 years, the growth and strengthening of the Church in Igboland over the next 50 years was no less remarkable.
Catholic life in Igboland, Nigeria’s Catholic stronghold
Posted: May 7, 2020 - 4:06pm
Catholic life in Igboland is exceptionally vibrant and vital, though not without tensions and paradoxes. Catholic practice there embraces the spectrum from traditional Roman Catholic devotions like the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration to charismatic and Pentecostal forms of dancing devotion—and in some contexts combines all of these at once.
Day of the Kings: Celebrating Epiphany in a changing Spain
Posted: April 29, 2020 - 10:04am
The most visible, ritualized celebration of the Nativity of Jesus in Spain occurs not on December 25, but on the twelfth day of Christmas, January 6, the feast of Epiphany—the Día de los Reyes Magos, or Feast of the Three Kings.