A Nigerian priest Father Richard Kilima has been elected as the head St Patrick’s Missionary Society in Ireland.

It was the first time in the church’s 90 year history that an African was elected as leader.

Filima was appointed 20 May at the society’s 13th General Chapter, delayed by two years due to the pandemic.

As the new Central Team Leader, Kilima will work with a team consisting Sean Cremin, Patrick Esekon and Raphael Mwenda.

Filima joined the society, popularly known as the Kiltegan Fathers, in 1997. He succeeds Fr Victor Dunne SPS.

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