New York Province Jesuits Celebrate 50 Years in Africa
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Fifty years ago today, New York Province Jesuit Father Joseph Schuh landed in Lagos, Nigeria to help open the University of Lagos and teach biology. His arrival marked the start of an enduring legacy.
More than 125 members of the Society of Jesus, mainly from the New York Province, have served this region of Africa in various works during the last half century.
The area was a mission of the New York Province until becoming an independent province in 2005, with Jesuit Father George Quickley serving as the first provincial. Today the North-West Africa Province (ANW) consists of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia and has approximately 106 Jesuits.
The province’s works include five parishes, two retreat centers and three schools, with another currently under construction. Jesuits in the province also serve as chaplains in the university system and as spiritual directors.