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About the Archdiocese > Archdiocesan Statistics

First Mass in the Diocese

1480

Bight of Benin

1884

Year Diocese was created

1950

First Missionary

Rev. Fr. Jules Poirier, SMA

First Bishop

Most Rev. Thomas Broderick, SMA

Second Bishop

Most Rev. Patrick Joseph Kelly, SMA

Third Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Patrick E. Ekpu

Fourth Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Richard Anthony Burke, SPS

Fifth Bishop

(Apostolic Administrator)Most Rev. Dr. Anthony O. Gbuji

Sixth Bishop

Most Rev. Dr. Augustine O. Akubeze

Area of Territory

10,856,700 Sq Km

Population of Diocese

1,856,761

Catholic Population

133,400

Other Christians

1,017,387

Non Christians

705,974

Archdiocesan Priests

70

Fidei Donum Priests

23

Deacons

5

Religious Priests

27

Female Religious

83

Major Seminarians

63

Minor Seminarians

165

Brothers in Formation

14

Commissioned catechists Volunteer Catechists (Religion teachers)

79 148

Deaneries

3

Parishes

64

Quasi parishes/mass centres

3

Outstations

168

Minor Seminary

1

School of Evangelization

1

Institute of Ministry (Limex)

1

Catechetical Training Centre

1

Catholic nursery/primary schools

25

Catholic secondary schools

14

Male Religious houses

8

Female Religious houses

16

Catholic hospital

1

Army Chaplaincies

4

Police Chaplaincy

4

Catholic Home for the Elderly

1

Catholic women resource centre

1

Leprosarium centre (Ossiomo)

1

Vocational centres

3

Catholic social centre

1

Monastery

1

Catechetical training centre

1

Home for retired priests

1

Home for retired Archbishop

1

PMS Secretariat

1

Interdiocesan Tribunal

1

Priests on Mission/Further Studies

11

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