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Catholic Diocese of Makurdi



St. John De Baptist Mission, Tyozua

Deanery: Agasha Deanery
Revd Fr James Bature
Parish Priest: Revd Fr James Bature

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About St. John De Baptist Mission, Tyozua

St. John de Baptist Catholic Church, Tyozua came into being when  its  members  who  were  attending  masses  at  St. Dominic's Church, Sachi and St. Francis Church, Akpen decided to start a new station.

The late John Tyozua donated a piece of land in 1984, located at Km 5 Gboko Road, opposite the Benue Brewery Factory now Nigerian Breweries PLC as his contribution for the building of the Church.

The Church began as an outstation of St. Gregory's Parish, Ikpayongo. The then Parish Priest, Father Thomas Dekaa assigned Father Michael Akure to nurse the new Church.

The Church later became an outstation of St. Joseph's Parish Akpehe, when Akpehe was carved out of St. Gregory's Parish Ikpayongo as a mission in 1997.

With the kind gesture of Alexander Nyor Gaadi and his family, the church acquired a plot of land.   The Church was elevated to the status of a mission on 5th May, 2013 with Father Emmanuel Abela as the first Priest in Charge.     

The mission has three outstations: St. John de Baptist Catholic Church, Tyozua; St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Nyon; and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Poor. The current priest in charge of the mission is Father James Bature who took over from Father Emmanuel Abela on August 15, 2015.