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Bishop celebrates with joyful African-Canadian Catholic Community

The African-Canadian Catholic Community gathered with Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon April 15 at St. Michael Church, for a culturally-rich celebration of the Eucharist and an information meeting about the history and hopes of the community.

Mass parts and hymns were in various dialects from countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, and South Sudan.

Seven missionary priests from African countries who are serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon were also on hand for the celebration, including Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem, OP, one of those who initiated a monthly Mass for the African-Canadian community some six years ago. A Dominican priest from Nigeria, Enwerem is returning home this summer after spending 10 years serving in the diocese of Saskatoon.

Anthony Olusola, the group’s president, said members of the African-Canadian Catholic Community are hoping for recognition of the community within the diocese, with an assigned chaplain, and approval to use St. Michael as the host parish for regular Masses.


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