The Catholic Diocese of Gboko is situated in Gboko the traditional headquarters of the Tiv people or nation. There are seven Local Governments covered by the diocese, namely, Buruku, Konshisha, Gboko, Tarka, Kwande, Ushongu and Vandeikya. The territory is basically rural but all the Local Government Areas and other places may be classified as towns.The people are predominantly Tiv and they live together with other tribes. English and Tiv are the general languages spoken here. By occupation, the people are generally agrarian, however, they also engage in petty businesses

 FOUNDING

On 29th December 2012, the Holy See announced the creation of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. The diocese is carved out of Catholic diocese of Makurdi. The area under the jurisdiction of the diocese was part of the former Apostolic Prefecture of the Lower Niger.

Fr. Alexander Leon Lejeune Cssp, who succeeded Fr. Rene Pawlas Cssp, as Apostolic Prefect is believed to be the first to make contacts with the Tiv people. After the death of Fr. Lejeune in 1950, the Congregation for evangelization of the peoples (Propaganda Fidei) appointed Fr. Jules Douvry Cssp in 1917 as Administrator for the whole of Cameroon.

Fr. Douvry also made exploratory journey among the Tiv people to find out the possibility of establishing a station there but when he travelled to France, he could not return to Nigeria due to ill-health that led to his death in 1924. Before his death, however, he sent a report to Ogoja, expressing hope for the future of the Church among the Tiv people. Fr. Douvry worked together with Fr. Mellet Cssp.

The diocese of Gboko shares boundaries with Makurdi Local Government of Benue State on the West; Logo and Katsina-Ala Local Government, all of Benue state on the North; Cameroon Republic on the north-East and Ogoja Local Government of Cross River State on the south-East.

Size

The territory of the diocese covers 10,692 square kilometers, with a total population of 1,594,282. Population of Catholics in the diocese of Gboko are 708,641, representing 53.1 of the total population.

Parishes and Rectories

At the moment the diocese has thirty (30) parishes and twenty (23) rectories.

Priests

At the moment the diocese has one Bishop and one hundred and forty three (143) priests.

Religious

The diocese has seven (7) Male Religious (including one expatriate Missionary) and twenty three (23) Female Religious.

Schools

The diocese has twenty four (24) Secondary Schools and several Nursery/Primary Schools.

Hospitals

The diocese has three (3) hospitals, twenty-three (23) Primary Health Care (PHC) and one (1) Rehabilitation Centre.

 

Administration

Local Ordinary: Most Revd. William Amove AVENYA.

Address: Catholic Diocese of Gboko. Bishop’s House,

PMB 1955, Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria

 

Diocesan Offices

Vicar General: Revd. Fr. Emmanuel Udu

Chancellor: Revd. Fr. Isaac Dugu

Vicar Pastoral: Revd. Fr. Godwin Agberagba

Vicar Religious: Revd. Fr. Edward Atel, CSSP