The parish of Mary the Queen is located in the town of Ekpoma, Edo State, in the heartland of Nigeria. The Carmelites were given responsibility for this parish in 1995. Besides the parish Church, there are outstations.
In 2002 a parish centre opened. It was built with a generous contribution from the Irish Government. The postulant-brothers are presently living in this house which also has a medical outreach and a day-care centre for children as well as the parish catechist office. More recently, precisely on May 19, 2012, a gigantic multi-purpose structure was blessed and opened in the parish compound. Among others things, this large structure has a big bookshop, a beautiful chapel, various offices and a very large hall.
An offshoot of the work of the Carmelites in Ekpoma is the founding of the Mt. Carmel Group of Schools. Mt. Carmel Nursery and Primary school opened in 2001 while Mt. Carmel Secondary School opened in 2003. An amazing success has been recorded since its foundation. The dream of having a boarding house for students and a “friary” for our Brothers in the school was realized in 2016. On August 30, 2016 the Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Donatus Ogun, OSA, in a simple but beautiful ceremony, blessed and opened both the boarding house (dedicated to the memory of Very Rev Fr Charles Newell, OCD) and “friary” (dedicated to Our Blessed Lady: Mater Divina Misericordiae et Gratiae). Members of the Friary include: Fr. Michael Adu, Fr. Anthony Ogwu, Fr. Charles Oyebade and Rev. Kelvin Ekhoegbe.
Presently, the members of Mary the Queen Parish Community include: Fr. Moses Aburime (Prior and Parish Priest), Fr. Peter Nwachukwu, Fr. Desmond Okoro and then the Postulant-Brothers.
SUNDAY MASSES: 6.00 a.m.; 8.00 a.m.; .10.00 a.m.; 6.00 p.m.
WEEKDAYS: Monday to Saturday 6.00am and 5.30pm. (Exception) Wednesday Evening Mass 5.00pm
SCHEDULE FOR DEVOTIONS: Holy Hour – Thursdays at 5.00pm
MASS FOR THE SICK: Every First Friday of the month at 5.30am and 4.30pm
SCHEDULE FOR CONFESSIONS: Every Saturday from 5.00pm
WEDDINGS: Saturdays 9.30am and 11.30am
INFANT BAPTISM: Every First Saturday of the month
COMMUNION FOR THE SICK/AGED: Every First Friday of the month
CHILDREN MASS: Last Sunday of the month at 8.00am (Social Centre)
OFFICE HOURS: Monday to Friday (9.00am to 1.00pm and 4.00pm to 6.00pm)
Mary the Queen Parish
P.O. Box 21, Ekpoma
Edo State, Nigeria