a) The St Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill (now transferred to Maidenhead in England) is usually considered as the “fathers of evangelization” in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. They came as early as 1922 and have been working in different capacities. In 1992, they began a Formation House in St John's Mission Station, Foncha Street. There are presently 10 Mill Hill Priests and a Brother working in the formation centre, STAMS Bambui, Fundong Parish, Illung Quasi Parish and Baba I.
b) Cistercian Monks of Strict Observance: In 1964, some Cistercian monks of Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, Leceistershire, England, came to set up the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Bamenda in Mbengwi. 7 years later, on 11 February 1971, Dom Ambrose Southey, then Abbot of Mt St Bernard, declared the Mbengwi Monastery to be a Priory, with Dom Adrian Farmer as first Prior. The Abbey was canonically erected on Ascension Thursday 7 May 1974 and on 11 February 1976, it attended the status of an independent Abbey with Dom Adrian as the first Abbot. On 11 February 1986 Dom Mark Ulogu became the first African Abbot of this monastery, and the first African abbot in the history of Cistercian monasticism in Africa south of the Sahara.
c) The Claretian Missionary Fathers came into Bamenda in 1986. These were first the Claretians of the Western Province of the United States and Canada. They took up residence in Ss Peter and Paul Parish Bamunka Ndop, and opened St Mary's Parish Balikumbat. Then the Claretians of the Nigerian Province took over and also re-
e)The Augustinian Fathers: The Order of the Augustinians Discalced (OAD) is a reform from the Order of St Augustine (OSA). It was born on May 1592. The name of the General Superior is Fr Gabriele Ferlisi. They started operating in the Archdiocese of Bamenda in 2008. The name of their Superior in the Archdiocese of Bamenda is Fr Gregorio Cibwabwa. Their charism is: " Service of the Most High in the spirit of humility" They have only one community in the Archdiocese of Bamenda with three members: Fr Erwin Hindang Josè, Fr Renato Jess and Fr Gregorio Cibwabwa. Since they are not Cameroonians, they had to get used to the culture of the people and be introduced to the pastoral programme of the Archdiocese before St. Joseph Parish Bafut was handed to them.The Order of the Augustinians Discalced is a religious clerical Institute, exempt, of Pontifical Right. They have started a formation house in Bafut for candidates to religious and priestly life.
f) The Pallotine Fathers:The Pallotine Missionaries, also known as the Society of Catholic Apostolate (SAC) accepted the invitation of the Archbishop and found a community in St. Mathias Parish Widikum, in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. The first member of the Congregation arrived Widikum on Thursday, 29th August 2013 and two other members arrived Thursday, 26th September 2013, thus making a total of three pioneer members of the Community, namely: Rev. Father Sanama Sidiang Robert, and Rev. Father Emeribe Chibuzo Marcel. The Society of Catholic Apostolate was founded in Rome, Italy by St. Vincent Pallotti (1795-
g) The Order of Friars Minor Capuchins came to Bamenda 1988, In 1997, their Noviciate was transferred from Sop in the Diocese of Kumbo to Bambui. The Capuchins who include both priests and brothers are involved in teaching in STAMS Bambui and in chaplaincy to the prisons.
h) The Sons of the Immaculate Conception or the Conceptionists arrived in Bamenda in1989 to open Njimafor-
k) The Priests of The Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ), Sacré-