As the wheels keep turning in the ministry of shepherding Christ's flock, so too are born new encounters and experiences with different ministers and parishioners. This new month of September brings the arrival of our new Associate Pastor – Fr. Emmanuel Effiong Bassey.
Fr. Emmanuel Bassey, ordained December 30, 2014, is originally a priest of the Archdiocese of Calabar, Nigeria. He was born in Calabar on April 20, 1984 as the only surviving child to his parents. He had his primary education at the Sacred Heart Cathedral International Nursery School, Calabar, and then proceeded to Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing for his secondary education.
Fr. Emmanuel attended St. Joseph Major Seminary, Diocese of Ikot Ekpene, Nigeria, where he had his priestly formation. There he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, all issued by the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Philosophy from the University of Uyo, Nigeria, and a Licentiate in Biblical Theology from the University of Navarra, Spain. Presently, he is pursuing his Doctorate in Biblical Studies with the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Fr. Emmanuel Bassey has a handful of published research articles, and two published books entitled: The Eucharist: Source and Strength of Our Christian Journey (2014) and Marriage Preparations and
Since his ordination, Fr. Emmanuel has served in a variety of roles, including parish assignments, seminary instructor, Secretary to the Archbishop of Calabar, Confessor at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal, and Collaborator in the Archdiocese of Pamplona and Tudela, Spain. he has just completed his term as an Associate Pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Winnetka, and he now joins the
pastoral team of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Claremont.
Fr. Emmanuel has a passion for research and writing. He also enjoys various forms of arts, music, and he plays lawn tennis and table tennis.
As his maxim, Fr. Emmanuel believes that “we are only but instruments in the hands of God.” He thus looks forward to being that true and humble instrument in God’s hands for fruitful service and ministry in our parish community.
Submitted by Fr. Emmanuel Bassey