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Title:The Scottish Catholic Mission stations in Bauchi Province, Nigeria: 1957-1970
Author:Horn, KarenISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subject:missionary history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/157006610X499877
Abstract:In 1963 the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Gordon Joseph Gray, asked for volunteers to staff a mission station in the Bauchi province in the north of Nigeria. By the end of 1969 the Bauchi experiment was deemed a success; however, the process of establishing the mission was littered with complications. Not only had this station been abandoned by the Society of African Missions since 1957, it was also firmly located in an Islam-dominated area where Catholic priests had to compete not only with Muslims but also with American Protestant missionaries and indigenous religions. To make matters worse, the years between 1963 and 1970 included two coups and a civil war during which religion became the focus of much of the violence. This article looks at the correspondence between Archbishop Gray and the volunteers in Bauchi in order to provide insight into how the missionaries experienced their task of establishing a Scottish Catholic presence in an area others considered too hostile. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]