On Wednesday, 28 April 2021, the African Language Group produced “Messa Africana” as part of Collegio Sant’Anselmo’s custom of celebrating Mass in different languages every month. The Masses and subsequent festive suppers serve as a multicultural exposures to the home countries of our international residents.
The Mass was conducted in the Igbo language of Nigeria, with the Kyrie in the Wolof of Senegal; the Sanctus in the Creole of Senegal; the Our Father in the Malinke of Guinea; the Agnus Dei in the Swahili of Kenya and Tanzania; and the recessional hymn in English and a mixture of Igbo, Yoruba, and Hausa.
It was a lively and joyful Mass celebration, presided over by Augustine Uzodigwe, a priest of the Diocese of Awka in Nigeria. The choir and instrumentalists were conducted by Kingsley Nze, a priest of the Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria.