From the catholic perspective, Anambra State has more adoration or worship centres for the true worship of God than other states in Nigeria. Anambrarians are predominantly Catholics and seemingly more religious than other southerners.
Below is the list of monasteries and adoration centres in Anambra state.
1. St. Scholastica Abbey Monastery
St. Scholastica Abbey Monastery is located in Umuoji, which is in Idemili north local government area of Anambra State, Nigeria.
It was founded on 8 July 1978 by Cardinal Francis Arinze, although its story started in 1977 when the cardinal was the Archbishop of Onitsha in Anambra state. When he conceived this idea of starting a monastic foundation, he reached out to the Abbey of St. John the Baptist in Rome to help him establish this foundation in Nigeria. The foundation stone was eventually laid on 17 December 1977.
Monastic life started in the monastery on 8 July 1978. On 9 August 1978, Sr. Patricia Alufuo was appointed and sent as the Prioress of the new foundation. On 23 July 1980, 11 Postulants were clothed. The monastery continued growing under the tutelage of the people from Rome until 1992 when it became independent.
The Monastery’s motto is peace and joy while its charism is prayer and work.
2. Cistercian Monastery Nsugbe, Anambra state
This monastery is located in Nsugbe and under the Onitsha diocese. It was initially known as the pre-foundation of Bamenda until the year 2000 when Nsugbe was recognized as a foundation. T the Abbot General and his council instituted it on the 1st of September, 2000.
Henceforth, the community approved it as a simple priory by the general chapter of 2005 and was finally erected on 10 January 2006.
It generates its income through candle-making, poultry, gift shop, and farming.
It also has guest facilities, which are made up of 12 individual rooms, two halls with a bed that can comfortably accommodate 25 young people. The guest house has one kitchen and two refectories.
3. Queen of Peace Benedictine Monastery – Ozubulu Monastery
Rev. Mother Patricia Alufuo, OSB founded it on 22 November 1997. The mission statement is Contemplative – rendering help to other monasteries outside both Europe and Africa. The purpose of setting it up is for the Sanctification of the whole world. The motto is peace, while its charism is prayer and work. The number of sisters in temporary vows in Ozubulu monastery is 17, while 26 sisters are in solemn monastic vows.
4. Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke
Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, originated from St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Uke located in the Anambra State of Nigeria. Reverend Father Emmanuel Obama is the head of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke. It was founded in October 2011.
Its activities span from Monday to Sunday with different things for each day.
On Mondays, they have consultations while first Tuesdays are for infant baptism.
Awaiting mothers and daughters of the Holy Spirit also meet on first Tuesdays for their prayer meeting. The First Thursdays of the month are for deliverance while every Wednesday is for adoration. Vigils are held every Friday while youths have theirs every first Sunday.