Die Website der afrikanische katholische Gemeinden in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Die Gemeinden in Essen

Die Beginnings of the african community in Essen

Essen bazarThe yearning in the heart of man for his creator moved some African men and women residing in the diocese of Essen to look for a place where they could worship God in the way they were used to in Africa. So, in June 1997, some Ghanaians sought the assistance of a German priest, Rev. Fr. Günther Reinbach, of Herz Jesu Kirche in Oberhausen who accepted to celebrate the Holy Mass with them once in a month.


Chaplain and Parish Council in Essen

Chaplain of English-speaking African Catholics in Essen Diocese
With effect on 1st of March 2011, Rev. Fr. Matthew Irunnaya Ezea was appointed by the Catholic Bishop of Essen, Dr. Franz-Josef Overbeck, to take charge of the English-speaking African Catholic Community Essen. He succeeded Rev. Fr. Dr. Robert Okongwu. Fr. Ezea hails from Ibagwa-Ani in Nsukka Diocese, Nigeria.

Parish or Community Council
This council comprises of representatives of the Cameroonian, Ghanaian, Nigerian and East- African communities with the priest having an overseer-role. The council takes important decisions affecting the community; it sees to the progress and welfare of the community. It meets every first Sunday of the month.

Visitation Group

Bistum Essen. The English-speaking African Catholic Community in Essen is one family, the fact of coming from different parts of the African Continent notwithstanding. In fact, it is the catholic faith we share more than hailing from Africa that bind us together and makes us one family. As one family, we share our joys and our sorrows after the example of the early Christian community. Sequel to the fact that our number is big and by God’s grace is increasing and owing to the exigencies of time and place in which we find ourselves, it has become impossible for all the members to visit a particular member when he or she is mourning or ‘rejoicing’. But to still show our solidarity to our members and to give each a sense of belonging, we have a visitation group that carries the goodwill message of the whole community to a member who is mourning the dead, sick or has cause to rejoice.

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