Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
In antumn 1949 the Merrylee community received a visit from Mgr Owen McCoy, Perfect Apostolic of Oyo in Nigeria. A white Father, he had been working on the Nigerian mission since 1943 under the authority of the archbishop of Lagos, and had that year been given charge of Oyo on its being made an independent prefecture. His first act on being appointed was to travel to Britain in search of a female religious Congregation willing to send workers to his part of the country.
Mgr McCoy's tour of Britain and his visit to Merrylee were in fact a striking echo, in their context and purpose, of Fr Forbes journey through northern France to Tourcoing a century before. His appeal to the Sisters met with a warm response, and they must have made a good impression on him, for in October the abbess received a letter inviting her to establish a foundation in Oyo.
Mission outreach in Oshogbo Diocese, which continues to flourish and plant new seeds.
To the glory of God, our first Sisters seeds continue to grow and flourish, we, now have; a Province and two Regions in Nigeria; St. Francis Province, Our Lady of the Angels Region and Immaculate Conception.
The First Franciscan Sisters In Nigeria