St. Cyprian Parish in West Philadelphia hosts many immigrants from West Africa. The church was the site of a special Mass on June 20 celebrating 10 years of Nigerian Igbo community’s presence in the parish. Archbishop Charles Chaput attended the Mass celebrated by Igbo clergy and Archbishop Valerian Okeke of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria.

See scenes of the Mass and community celebration below. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

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Priest blesses the people as the bring up money as an offering

A priest blesses the people as they bring an offering to the altar.

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Archbishop Valerian Okeke sprinkles the people with holy water.

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Archbishop Okeke preaches the homily.

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Archbishop Okeke confirms a young woman of the community.

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The newly confirmed young men and women of the Igbo Catholic Community at St. Cyprian Parish.

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Youth dance up the asile as the gift are brought up

Youths dance up the center aisle as the offertory gifts are brought forward.

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Rose Amutah

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