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Archdiocese of Jos

Archidioecesis Iosensis

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  • Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Archbishop

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 26 March 1994
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Square Kilometers: 6,796 (2,624 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Archbishop's House, P.O. Box 494, 20 Joseph D. Gomwalk Road, Riyom Drive, 930001 Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
  • Telephone: (0803)11.52.765

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Jos
9 April 1934ErectedPrefecture Apostolic of Northern Nigeria {Nigeria Settentrionale} Prefecture Apostolic of Jos (erected)
28 April 1942Territory LostVicariate Apostolic of Dahomey
Vicariate Apostolic of Foumban
Prefecture Apostolic of Ghardaïa nel Sahara
Prefecture Apostolic of Jos
Prefecture Apostolic of Kaduna
Vicariate Apostolic of Khartoum
Vicariate Apostolic of Ouagadougou
Prefecture Apostolic of Niamey (erected)
14 July 1950Territory LostDiocese of Buéa
Prefecture Apostolic of Jos
Prefecture Apostolic of Oturkpo
Prefecture Apostolic of Yola (erected)
29 June 1953Territory LostPrefecture Apostolic of Jos Prefecture Apostolic of Maiduguri (erected)
Diocese of Jos
29 June 1953ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Jos Diocese of Jos
Archdiocese of Jos
26 March 1994ElevatedDiocese of Jos Archdiocese of Jos
10 July 1995Territory LostArchdiocese of Jos
Archdiocese of Kaduna
Diocese of Kafanchan (erected)
5 July 1996Territory LostArchdiocese of Jos Vicariate Apostolic of Bauchi (erected)
5 December 2000Territory LostArchdiocese of Jos
Diocese of Makurdi
Diocese of Lafia (erected)
2 June 2007Territory LostArchdiocese of Jos Diocese of Shendam (erected)
18 March 2014Territory LostArchdiocese of Jos
Diocese of Shendam
Diocese of Pankshin (erected)


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Diocese of Jos
Archdiocese of Jos

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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