The history of Ijebu-Ode Diocese which was created on the 29th May, 1969, with Bishop Anthony Sanusi as its first Bishop, dates back to 1864 when Rev. Fr. Francis Borghero SMA celebrated the first Holy Mass in Itasin-Imobi. The Diocese was excised from Lagos Archdiocese and is now one of the two suffragan Dioceses of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lagos. It was the Society of African Mission (SMA) Fathers, (the French, the German, the Dutch and the Irish) who started primary Evangelisation. Other Missionary groups are – the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), the Holy Ghost Congregation (CSSP), the Missionary Society of St. Paul (MSP), the Claretians (CMF), the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FI), the Society of St. Joseph – the Josephites (SSJ), the Vincentians (CM) and the Vocationists (SDV), who periodically joined in the Church’s missionary activities.
The female religious groups working in the Diocese include Our Lady of Apostles Sisters, (OLA), the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Sisters (EHJ), Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM), Handmaid of Holy Child Jesus Sisters(HHCJ), Sisters of St. Louis (SSL), Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate (FI), Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (OSF), Sisters of Jesus the Saviour (SJS), Holy Family Sisters of the Needy (HFSN), Passionist Sisters of St. Paul of the Cross (CP), the Sisters of St.
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