Republic of Liberia
Area: 111,370 sq. km. Population: 3.3 million. Population Growth Rate: 1.7% Capital: Monrovia
Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia (CABICOL)
National Director Justice & Peace:
SMA involvement in Liberia began in 1906.
Fr Stephen Kyne, from Hollymount, Co Mayo became the Prefect Apostolic of Liberia. The territory was entrusted to the Society and became the first missionary assignment of the Irish Province when it was founded in 1912.
There are at present 9 SMA priests and two seminarians on pastoral training in Liberia.
Fr Gareth Jenkins (from England) is the SMA Community Leader in Liberia.
There are three dioceses in Liberia:
Most Rev Lewis Zeigler is the Archbishop of Monrovia. He succeeded Most Rev Michael K Francis on 12 February 2011.
The SMA care for three parishes in the Archdiocese:
St Dominic’s Parish, Tubmanburg, Lofa County:
Fr Gareth Jenkins SMA (British Province)
St Mulumba’s Parish, Cooper’s Farm, Paynesville, Monserrado County:
Fr Matthew Abu-Cole SMA (first Liberian SMA priest) and Fr Emmanuel Avonyoh (Togo).
Saint Mugagga’s Parish, Klay, Bomi County:
Fr Philippe M’boua (Ivory Coast), Fr Firmin Kouassi (Ivory Coast) and Fr Michael Okafor (Nigeria).
Cape Palmas Diocese Bishop
Rt Rev Andrew Jagaye Karnley
Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah
There are 14 parishes in the diocese. Not all have a resident priest. Two of the parishes are staffed by the SMA:
St John Vianney, Foya, Lofa County: Fr Eric Aka (Ivory Coast)
Immaculate Conception Saniquellie: Fr Daniel Louh (Ivory Coast) and Fr Désiré Salako (Nigeria).
The last Irish SMA priest in Liberia, V Rev Chris Brennan SMA, was Diocesan Administrator of Gbarnga after the translation of Bishop Zeigler to Monrovia until the appointment of Bishop Borwah in 2012.