The dynamics of the celebration of the Igbo Mass in the United States reveals a cultural nostalgia inherent among Igbo immigrants, one that aims at preserving the Igbo identity and culture, even in the diaspora. Convinced to maintain their cultural heritage on foreign soil, Nigerian Igbo Catholic immigrants established faith communities where liturgical worship is performed and expressed in ways that are consistent and meaningful to Igbo indigenous ways of worship. This essay studies the liturgical life of Nigerian Igbo Catholics in the United States, and how a people's cultural and religious heritage is preserved, sustained, and promoted in the liturgy. Thus, the celebration of Igbo mass in the United States serves as an avenue for encouraging and fostering a people's cultural heritage for future generations.
Anibueze, M. Reginald D.D.L.
"Immigrants and Cultural Continuance in the Liturgy: Celebrating the Nigerian Igbo Mass in the United States,"
Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium: Vol. 8, Article 6.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/jbcts/vol8/iss1/6