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Fr. Bitrus Bio

    Rev. Fr. Bitrus Teneu Maigamo is from Kaduna State, the North Central of  Nigeria, West Africa. Born to the family of Zachariah Maigamo and Elizabeth Nchepteh he has five brothers and no sisters. He was last in position out of the six children of his parents.

    He started sensing the call of God while he was in the Minor Seminary when his people back at home had started calling him “Little Father”. The desire to become a Catholic priest increased when he was half way through training, but mingling with other friends, prior to his completion, there arose the desire of becoming a chemical engineer, nuclear physicist or computer engineer. This distraction, as he describes it, kept on lingering for a little while up to the time of his final year in the training as a junior seminarian. Nonetheless, having successfully completed the training he finally proceeded to the Senior Seminary after  a year of mourning the death of his father.

    While in the Major Seminary, he was admitted into the Archdiocese of Kaduna. There he continued with his training of both philosophy and theology. On his completion, he was ordained a transitional deacon under the Archdiocese of Kaduna alongside eleven colleagues. While as a deacon, the diocese of Zaria was carved out of the archdiocese of Kaduna thereafter he opted for the new diocese. He was thus ordained for the diocese of Zaria alongside his classmate as its first candidates on August 11, 2001 in the Christ the King Cathedral, Zaria Diocese of Kaduna State, Nigeria in West Africa.

    Since his ordination, he was given the first canonical assignment as the Vice Rector of his alma mater (St. Joseph Minor Seminary Zaria) and a Parochial Vicar of St. Endas Catholic Parish located within the Seminary. After five years of working experiences, he was made a Pastor of a new erected Parish of St. Anne Catholic Church Zangon Tama II at the same time the Director of Communications of the Diocese. From there, he was sent to Rome after five years to study Missiology in the Gregorian University, in order  to prepare for the task of a formator in the Kaduna Provincial seminary known as Good Shepherd Major Seminary located within the metropolis of Kaduna. Having completed his licentiate in missiology, he proceeded for his doctoral studies. He is presently doing his PhD dissertation on Islamic Extremism, a Challenge to the Catholic Missionary Activity in Northern Nigeria since 1999:  A Missilogical Study. Thereafter, upon completion he hopes to return back to Nigeria and teach in the above-mentioned Major Seminary.

    While in America, he has enjoyed the general spirit of the freedom to prove one’s worth as it is a land of opportunities.

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