St. Joseph's Quasi-Parish Iniongun, Makurdi
Parish Priest: Revd Fr Gyenyi Paul, VC
About St. Joseph's Quasi-Parish Iniongun, Makurdi
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Iniongun, was carved out of St. Joseph Society (Tiv group) Holy Ghost Parish Makurdi during the time of Athanasius Usuh (later, Bishop of Makurdi Diocese). Then, the parish priest of Holy Ghost parish, Makurdi decided in a meeting held at Holy Ghost Parish on January 25, 1987 and delegated the late Mr. James Uzomun and Mr. Alphonsus Wende to see the take-off and progress of the new church in Iniongun.
The idea was welcomed by all, and Sunday being February 15, 1987, the first Sunday service was conducted by the late Mr. James Uzomun which marked the commencement of other activities. However, the first priest to celebrate in St. Joseph Catholic Church Iniongun, was the late Father Robert Ode, on 23/3/1987. At the creation of St. Augustine's Catholic Mission Demekpe in 2003, St. Joseph's Catholic Church emerged as an out- station to this newly created mission with Father Bernard Asogo as the priest in charge.
Then on the May 5th, 2013, St. Joseph's Catholic Church was carved out of St. Augustine's Demekpe as an Independent mission of its own, attached with one out-station called St. Gabriel's Church Akpam. And on the June 16th, 2013 the mission was raised up to the status of Quasi -Parish by his Lordship Bishop Athanasius Atule Usuh.
The first priest posted to this mission was Father Boniface Unande Achabo.
The present population of the Quasi Parish stands at about One thousand three hundred and twenty seven (1,327).