Saint Stephen's Statue.

ST. STEPHEN'S

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

12, Gbeto Street, Off Iwaya Road, Onike-Iwaya, Yaba-Lagos.
info@ststepheniwaya.org

Saint Stephen's Building.
 

Our Parish

St Stephen's Catholic Church was formerly an Outstation of it's Mother Church, St Dominic's Parish, Yaba. It was made a Parish on the 1st week of October, 2014 as Reverend Father Raymond Anoliefo became the First Parish Priest of the Church.

The Concept of St. Stephen began on the occasion of the dedication of the new St. Dominic's 'miracle church' on January 21, 1996, that his Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie, Archbishop of Lagos (then His Grace Most Rev. A.O. Okogie), charged the Parish and the Dominicans to develop two Outstations in the Abule Oja/Abule Ijesha and the Onike/Iwaya areas with a view to decongesting the already overcrowded St. Dominic's. The ball was then set rolling.

The Location: The first challenges was where to find a piece of land in the Onike/Iwaya area suitable for a Church. A land search committee was set up almost immediately. It took this committee about two years of frantic search to discover three plots of land along Gbede Street, off Iwaya Road, Onike. These were promptly bought in 1998. While plans and modalities for the development of this relatively small piece of land were being worked out, another plot of land with storey building on Gbeto Street bordering on the newly acquired three plots was up for sale. With the permission of the Archbishop, this too was promptly paid for. That became the permanent location of St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

The Name: Without much ado, the Archbishop decided that the Church be called 'St. Stephen Catholic Church'. This was not without reason. A Dominican Brother, Stephen Lucas, Op who has lived and worked in the Archdioceses of Lagos for a very long time, and has made some immerse contributions to its physical and human development, had won a special place in the Archbishop's heart. In recognition of Bro. Stephen's selfless and dedicated service to the archdiocese, the Church was to be named after his Patron Saint, St. Stephen, the first martyr in Christendom.
A temporary structure was to be erected on the newly acquired plot that would be the place of worship while plans were being fine-tuned for the commencement of the present building. On August 30, 2003 the temporary structure was erected and made ready for use. The structure was formally blessed and the first Mass celebrated. On that day, St. Stephen Church, the people of God was born as a worshipping community.