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Fifty years of Marist Presence in Cameroon

01/12/2014: Cameroon

The celebration of the fifty years of Marist Presence in Cameroon was launched on Saturday, October 18, 2014 with Holy Mass at 9.00 a.m. in Saint Joseph’s Cathedral Big Mankon, Bamenda in Cameroon. In attendance were the Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda Monseigneur Agapitus Nfon, priests and religious, teachers and students, the Shesans and ex-students of SJCC, Mbengwi and SACC, Bafut. The theme chosen for the Golden Jubilee celebration is “Journeying in Faith and Hope”.

Marist mission in Cameroon started in 1965 when the Brothers from the province of Great Britain came to English-speaking Cameroon and started running Sacred Heart College, Mankon in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. The same year those from the province of Quebec came to French-speaking Cameroon and took over the running of Collège Stoll d’Akono in the Archdiocese of Yaoundé. Marist schools namely; Saint Albert’s College, Bafut, Saint Joseph’s College, Mbengwi and Saint Pius’ College, Tatum continue to feature prominently in the Catholic Education Agency in the dioceses of Bamenda and Kumbo.

Today, all the Brothers are working in the Anglophone region in the northwest of the country.  Together with Tchad, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Cameroon forms part of the District of West Africa. By itself, Cameroon counts 31 Brothers, including 16 perpetually professed, 5 novices and 8 postulants, and three colleges.

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