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Issues of Doctrines & Morals
Jos Archdiocesan Priests Retreat 2018
Mar 15, 2018

Theme: "I will arise and go to my father"

11th - 16th ...

About the Archdiocese

Patroness of the Archdiocese – Our Lady of Fatima




Msgr. William Lumley
1934 – 1953
Rt. Rev. Dr. John Reddington (SMA)
1953 – 1975
Most. Rev. Dr. Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka
1975 – 1999
Msgr. Emmanuel Azuka Udeh
1999 – 2000
Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama
2000 –





            Formal and non-formal institutions of the archdiocese are categorized into commissions for ease of description and coordination. The commissions include:

  • Health commission: The Catholic Archdiocese envisages a healthy life for all with the aim of providing relief to those suffering from physical, social, spiritual and psychological illnesses; with the hope of finding support, care, and treatment in a spirit of Christian solidarity. To pursue and maintain standards in the health sector and also improve on the already existing structures in the Catholic hospitals towards meeting international standards. This aspect of the church’s development reflects a deliberate attempt by the church to give succor not only to the soul, but to enlighten parishioners and well-wishers about their health status alike. This is given birth to various societies like total abstinence, Catholic action committee on AIDS/parish action committee on Aids, orphans and vulnerable children and the orphanage in Zawan. The Archdiocese operates the OLA hospital Jos, Mandela Clinic, etc.
  • Justice Development and Peace Commission: The Archdiocese houses both the provincial and archdiocesan offices. This commission is responsible for the social development of the Church whose beneficiaries are not only Catholics nor Christians, but Muslims and peoples of other faith. The vision is to promote justice, equality, human dignity and assist people to find fulfillment in life. The JDPC engages in human rights and legal aids, good governance, peace building, care for children, prison ministry, women empowerment programme, emergency preparedness and response training programme, and rural/urban water agricultural development. The organisation is non-profit and is registered with Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria with the name “Social Justice and Human Development for Peace Initiative” and is open to other partners whose vision is to seek a peaceful world.
  •  Communications Commission: This arm is weighty since it bears the mind of the Archdiocese and relates same to the whole Church within the Archdiocese and beyond. It helps to deliver the teachings of the Church and also to assist in transmitting by media and print the activities of the Church. While this commission is still growing in the Archdiocese, having celebrated her 10th anniversary in 2011, it has a very strong and viable print work, ‘The word of life’ paper which is produced every month. And now a Catholic printing press at the Institute of Pastoral Affairs to help coordinate Church activities.
  • Education Commission: Through education the Church seeks to affirm human dignity, truth and justice, to affect the highest spiritual, moral, social and academic standards to reach and change the lives of all our people at every level. Jos Archdiocese is spreading the gospel through schools and the formation of all children with the principle of ‘no child will be left behind’ towards complimenting government’s efforts. With the growth recorded through schools, the Church intends to not only send her wards to school, but to ensure that they are schooled. These social institutions are described in their commission’s education system through its involvement in Primary and Post-Primary Schools which are acknowledged for their academic achievements, discipline and Youth moral formation. It has to its credit, eight (8) primary and eight (8) secondary schools, a Catechetical Training Institute and a Spiritual Year Centre for Jos and Shendam dioceses; three (3) Houses of Formation for the religious and one (1) Minor Seminary; A centre for Women Catechists as well as a Vocational Training Centre for Women Leaders at Kwall. An Inter – Faith Vocational Training Centre at Bokkos with the aim of promoting inter-religious relations among people of diverse faiths. The College of Mary Immaculate, Zawan and St. Theresa’s girl’s college Jos has been added to the Archdiocese.  
  • Catechetical: The catechetical commission focuses on the training of Catechists and evangelists in the task of transmitting the faith from its nursery to when it is fully blown. The church believes in nurturing the faith from infancy to maturity and this is contained in the holy scripture, church traditions, church’s magisterium and encyclicals. Guided by these, the commission hopes to deliver fruitfully the work of our salvific mission.
  • Family Life Commission: This commission has a touch of orientating the basic core of the Christian community towards imbibing good conduct at home and abroad; indoctrinating, training, and promoting Catholic teachings in the family following the drop in moral standards in the society and family today where values are now dropped or switched for vices. She plays a supervisor role to maintain, preserve; hand down what has been the deposit of faith in the life of the Church.
  • Youth Commission: The Archdiocese is not only concerned about her youths she is much more interested and involved in the formation of the youth, since they exhibit the desired energy in serving the Lord. The continuous formation of Catholic youths extends from early ages up to adulthood. Knowing fully well they belong to a fragile group of people that need to be cared for, guided and tailored to reach their full potentials in life and to attain noble vocations. This ministry of the youths expands to groups like zumuntan Yan mata, CYON, NACC, block rosary, cadet, YCS, etc.
  • Pastoral and Liturgical Commission: At the heart of the Church’s life and mission is the model of worship. Following the teachings of Jesus, His life and mandate, the Church demonstrates in visible ways the act to govern and relive the initial apostolic life, while fielding in new approaches to guide this course. This arm monitors and checks liturgical activities in the Archdiocese, liaises with the universal Church on new areas of modification and tries to ensure that the practice of Church worship is maintained at all levels in the Archdiocese.    


PASTORAL AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH: The Archdiocese has witnessed the arrival of more men and women religious with the creation of five new parishes/pastoral areas; Ampang East, Ampang West, Tukung, Pushit and Fier and now St. Mary’s Maijuju. The Archbishop engages in pastoral visits to encourage parishioners from the length and breadth of the Archdiocese, going into the interiors, to assess and confirm. This has helped to fortify pastoral presence and to create a strong tie and healthy fraternity with the Archbishop and his people. The two monsignors, Rt. Revs. Cletus Gotan and Benedict Obidiegwu help also in coordinating the spiritual growth of the deaneries they supervise. They work closely with the deans to ease administrative responsibilities and to enrich pastoral presence. While there is a hospital chaplain, visitations is shared among the deaneries, and priests are assigned to take care of the immediate needs in the hospitals within their parishes. Parish visitation committees to help in extending charity and the weekly healing/reparation masses have become parish activities to further strengthen the faith of Catholic faithful. The prison apostolate is at the heart of the archdiocese while societal activities are keenly supervised by parishes.



Mandatory collections are offerings of the faithful taken up for various important and specific projects. Some of these are universal in scope; some are national while others are diocesan or local. The faithful in the Archdiocese should be sensitized to ensure that they contribute generously towards the unity of purpose of the Universal Church.

1.       CBCN: This is a national collection made for the activities of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Dioceses are levied accordingly for this important Conference which discusses all matters that concern the progress of the Nigerian Church and nation.

2.       Laity Council: This collection is nationwide. It is meant to sponsor all laity activities and projects. Dioceses are levied according to their strength.

3.       Lenten Collection: This is a national/local collection usually taken during lent for charitable causes of the Archdiocese as well as for developing rural areas that lack essential amenities in order to bring succor to the poor.

4.       Archbishop's Day: This is an Archdiocesan affair to demonstrate appreciation to the Archbishop who is the chief shepherd. He uses the gifts mostly to help those in need.

5.       Holy Land: This money collected is centrally coordinated to maintain the holy places and personnel in the Holy Land. The holy places need to be maintained as places of pilgrimage.

6.       Youth Collection: The money collected is used for youth activities and their empowerment. Such monies are also used for training them to acquire a vocation, grow in faith and sponsor their conferences.

7.       Peter the Apostle: This is a universal collection which goes to the Holy See for the development of seminaries, formation houses and the maintenance of minor and major seminaries in developing countries.

8.       Vocation Collections: This collection is taken for the growth and development of vocations i.e. for the training of seminarians and novices.

9.       OLF Sisters' Day Collection: This collection is meant for the indigenous congregation of the Archdiocese to help with the initial and professional training of the sisters.

10.   Communication Collections: This collection is taken to exploit and employ all aspects of the media for the purpose of preaching the gospel.

11.   Peter's pence Collection: This is a universal collection taken up in solidarity with the Pope, the Vicar of Christ and successor of Peter to be used at the Pope's discretion.

12.   Catholic Biblical Apostolate: This collection is taken to promote and appreciate the Bible and to foster a more committed reading culture of the word. It aims at making the bible more accessible and affordable to all Catholics.

13.   Catechetical Week: During this week, attention is drawn to the task of teaching the faith and the agents of that task. A collection is taken to enhance the task of primary evangelization which is vital to the foundation of the church.

14.   Mission Sunday Collection: The collection is taken to aid missionary endeavors and efforts of the church. It is basically to help in the task of evangelization. The entire collection taken up in parishes is sent to Rome worldwide for this cause.

15.   World AIDS Day Collection: On this day, prayers are offered for the sick. The faithful are sensitized on the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Special collections are made in all churches to help those who cannot afford medical treatment.

16.   C.I.W.A. Collection: The Catholic institute of West Africa belongs to the church in West Africa. It is founded by the church in West Africa. This collection is channeled in this direction.

17.   Holy Childhood Collection: This collection is taken up towards the missionary animation of children in the world. It is a forum for the unity of children the world over to help in the upliftment of fellow children. Children should be taught and encouraged to give money or material to support children in other parts of the world.

18.   Ordination: This collection is taken up for the logistics and other organizational aspects of ordinations.  

19.   Consecrated Life Collection: There are men and women who have given up their life to live the consecrated life, a life of poverty and charity. This collection will assist in bringing succor and support.








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