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News Update - New Director




Following the Dominican Chapter held recently in the Province of Nigeria and Ghana, the Prior Provincial Very Rev. Fr. Richard Ogedengbe, OP has appointed Rev. Fr. Moses Igwebuike Ani, OP as the new Director of St. Jude Apostolate / Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus and also the Assistant Director of Society for Vocations Support (SVS).

The Acting Director - Rev. Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, OP made a formal announcement and introduction of Rev. Fr. Moses as new Director to friends of St. Jude and the Dominicans at the closing Feast Day celebration of St. Jude Thaddeus held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Dominic's YCC Hall.

Fr. Moses now succeeds Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, OP - Acting Director who took over from the Founder and Great Missionary, Rev. Bro. Stephen Lucas, OP after his return to his home Province in St. Albert the Great, Chicago in 2016 to begin a new assignment after 57 years of meritorious service to God and Humanity in Nigeria. May our Good Lord continue to bless him.


Fr. Moses Igwebuike Ani, OP joined the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana, where he began his Pre-novitiate in 2007. He made his simple profession of the Religious Vows on August 28, 2008 and did his ecclesiastical studies at the Dominican Institute, Ibadan, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan and thereafter, made his Solemn Profession on August 8, 2013.

After his service year, Friar Moses completed his studies in Theology and was awarded a Bachelors Degree in Theology in 2016 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, Rome and was ordained a Deacon on the 16th of July, 2016. Owing to his quest for truth, Friar Moses completed a Masters’ Degree in Theology from Dusquesne University, Pennsylvania, USA and was ordained a Priest on August 5, 2017 by Most Rev. Dr. Roger Houngbedji, OP (Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Cotonou, Benin Republic).

The month of August is indeed a special month for Rev. Fr. Moses as it provides him with many anniversaries to celebrate: Birthday – August 10; Simple Profession – August 28; Solemn Profession – August 8 and Priestly Ordination – August 5. He is very open and friendly with a burning desire to make Christ known and loved through his new assignment in the Province. We congratulate Fr. Moses and pray that our Good Lord will continue to enrich him with Wisdom; and to Lead and Bless him...Amen. We also ask for your prayers and co-operation. Thank you!

Rev. Fr. Valentine Anyanwu OP on his appointment in October 2016.



Dear Friends of St. Jude,

Our July Novena of Masses honouring St. Jude ends today.  We were blessed with the homilies of Father Samuel Onyiba, OP.  thank you for sharing this novena with us.  Father Samuel was ordained two years ago today, 26th July 2014 on the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin.  Father Samuel, today we all wish you a Happy Anniversary of ordination.

Speaking of sharing, I would like to share something about my own life with you.  While I was on home leave in Chicago, just a few months ago, our Dominican Provincial in Chicago and I had coffee together after one of our morning Mass. He told me then that he would like me to return to the States and work with our Brothers there.  My being resigned to Chicago was a topic on the table for a long time, so I was not too surprised.

Obedience in the religious life is one of our greatest joys. In fact, if I was not obedient 57 years ago when I was assigned to Nigeria I would have never had the opportunity to know you and also I would have never “founded” the Shrine of St. Jude and the St. Jude Apostolate in our parish of St. Dominic’s.  Therefore, I have accepted with joy my new assignment, but somehow, there is sorrow too because I will miss you all. Let’s pray for each other as I begin my new assignment. We will pass out a card with my name on it, please put it in your prayer book, and when you see it, say a Hail Mary for me.

Please remember our candles at the Shrine.  Presently we have over 120 white candles burning.  You are welcome to join our clients and benefactors in lighting a candle for your intentions, a plaque displaying your name or the name of your loved one or special intention will be mounted below your candle. St. Francis of Assisi once said, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”.  Visit the Shrine before you leave the church this morning / afternoon / evening and collect your application form for a memorable candle, to burn for a whole year.  Our St. Jude Staff are waiting for you at the Shrine right now ready to answer any question you have for them.  REMEMBER, As long as a candle burns in your name, it represents you in prayer.

Father Samuel will bless us with the first class relic of St. Jude at the final blessing of this Mass.

Once again Father Samuel, we wish you a Happy, Holy anniversary of your ordination.

The Boxes in the front of the Church will accept your offering for supporting, and spreading devotion to St. Jude, and our endless love and support for the poor.  If the choir would assist us with a song the collection will begin.

May the Giver of all good things bless and keep you now and always … Amen

Rev. Bro. Stephen Lucas, OP

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