Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, Nigeria’s First Saint

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Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi

Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (born in Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria in September 1903 – died in Leicester, England, January 24, 1964) was an Igbo Nigerian ordained a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria on December 19, 1937. He worked in the parishes of Nnewi, Dunukofia, Akpu/Ajalli and Aguleri.

He was later a Cistercian Monk at Mount Saint Bernard Monastery in England. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on March 22, 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.” 

His feast day is
January 20th.

Novena for the canonization of Blessed Tansi Day1O God who granted many graces to your Blessed Servant priest and monk, Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, choosing him as your faithful instrument for evangelization and sanctification of your people, grant also that I may spend my life, loving you and my neighbour and serving the Church. Deign to glorify your servant Cyprian and through his intercession grant me the favour I ask of you…………………. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to Blessed Cyprian TansiBlessed Cyprian Tansi, during your life on earth, you showed your great faith and love in giving yourself to your people and by the hidden life of prayer and contemplation. Look upon us now in our needs, and intercede for us with the Lord………………… May He grant us the favours we ask through your prayers. Amen.

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