Celebrating Posthumously, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (1903—1964) a Roman Catholic priest of the archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria.

Celebrating Posthumously, Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (1903—1964) a Roman Catholic priest
Celebrating Posthumously, Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (1903—1964) a Roman Catholic priest

Blessed Micheal Cyprian Iwene Tansi was born in Aguleri Anambra State Nigeria in September 1903 – died in Leicester England 20 January 1964) was an Igbo Nigeria ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria on 19 December 1937. He worked in the parishes of Nnewi, Dunukofia, Akpu/Ajalli, and Aguleri.

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He was later a Trappist Monk at Mount Saint Bernard Monastery in England. After being recommended by Cardinal Francis Arinze, who was inspired by Tansi as a boy (he had been one of Tansi’s students and knew him personally), he was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 22 March 1998, who said, “Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi is a prime example of the fruits of holiness which have grown and matured in the Church in Nigeria since the Gospel was first preached in this land. He received the gift of faith through the efforts of the missionaries, and, taking the Christian way of life as his own, he made it truly African and Nigerian.” 


The beatification ceremony was carried out in Oba, Anambra State. Although he died in England at the age of 61, his body was later returned to be buried in Nigeria.

At the beatification, the pope said: “Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi is a prime example of the fruits of holiness which have grown and matured in the Church in Nigeria since the Gospel was first preached in this land.

He received the gift of faith through the efforts of the missionaries, and taking the Christian way of life as his own he made it truly African and Nigerian.”

Source: Erykon.com

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