Brief History of the Catholic Diocese of Yola

The parish of St. Augustine’s Guyuk was created out of Bare parish in the year 1990. Prior to this declaration of Guyuk as a parish; the only areas where the Catholic Church has existed include, the villages of Chikila and Gunda in the nineteen fifty’s and sixty’s (1950’s/60’s).
The predominant tribe of the members of the parish is the Lunguda speaking people of Guyuk Local Government of Adamawa State, Nigeria. There are also few Wajah ethnic group belonging to same Local Government. Across the River Gongola, also are few of the tribes of Kanakuru and Lala of Shelleng Local Government Area of Adamawa State. There are few Igbos who are business men and women from the eastern part of Nigeria. It is worthy of mention too that some members of the parish are of the tribes of Bwazza and Marghi, who are civil servants and some are retired civil servants.
It is interesting to note that what necessitated the creation of Guyuk as a parish was the commitment and dedication of the few Catholic students and teachers of Government Secondary School, Guyuk which was later relocated to Banjiram in the year 1978/79. The then Rev. Fr. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, now the Archbishop of Jos Archdiocese was indeed a great motivator to the Catholic community of GSS Banjiram (Guyuk). When he was the parish priest of St. Rita’s Bare, he was always visiting the school constantly to encourage the Catholic students and staff members and also to celebrate Mass with them. This no doubt helped in the gradual growth of the Catholic Church in Guyuk. Since after the creation of Guyuk as a Parish, the following Priest have contributed their quota towards the growth of the Parish:
Rev. Fr. Charles Hammawa1990 – 1994
Rev. Fr. Joseph Kofa1994 – 1996
Rev. Fr. Moses Taparki1996 – 1999
Rev. Fr. Angelo Ajiya1999 – 2003
Rev. Fr. Michael Gwoto2003 – 2008
Rev. Fr. Christopher Okoye2008 – 2012
Rev. Fr. Crysanthus Jangdinya2012 – 2016
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Matthias23rd of July, 2016 till date