BEATIFIED BY
POPE JOHN PAUL II
on 22 March, 1998
at Oba, Nigeria.

Read all about him in the following pages...

 
September 1903:  A baby boy is born to Tabansi (name meaning "continue to bear evil patiently") of Igboezunu-Aguleri and his wife Ejikwevi of Nteje. This child was given the name Iwene (in full, Iwemmaduegbunam, meaning "let human malice not kill me").  He has  three brothers: Ifekwunigwe ("there is strength in numbers"), Obadiegwu (later baptised as Vincent), Ekemezie (Stephen); and a sister: Obianma.
1909: Small Iwene is sent by his parents to the "Christian village" of Aguleri to live in the house of his maternal aunt and uncle (Robert Orekie).
7 January, 1912: Iwene is baptised and given the name Michael.
1913: Michael is taken to Onitsha to begin his primary education at Holy Trinity School. 
1919:   He obtains First School Leaving Certificate at St. Joseph's School, Aguleri. This certificate makes him eligible to teach.
1920: He begins to teach at Holy Trinity School, Onitsha.
1924: He returns to Aguleri to become the headmaster of St. Joseph's School.
1925: He enters St. Paul's Seminary, Igbariam.
1932: He becomes Procurator at the Training College.
1933-1934: Period of probation at Umulumgbe (Eke).
19 December 1937: He is ordained a Priest by Bishop Charles Heerey in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha. His two other companions are: William Obelagu and Joseph Nwanegbo.
1937 - 1939: Father Michael Tansi is assigned to Nnewi as Assistant Priest to Father (later Bishop) John Cross Anyogu.
1939 - 1945: He becomes the pioneer Parish Priest of Dunukofia. He founds pre-matrimonial women centres of St. Anna (those already married in traditional way) and St. Mary (those not yet married).
1945 - 1949: He is transferred to Akpu/Ajalli as Parish Priest.
1949 - 1950: He is assigned to his hometown as Parish Priest.
1950: He begins his monastic journey with a pilgrimage to Rome.
2 July 1950: Accompanied by Archbishop Heerey, he arrives at Leicester, in the Cistercian Monastery of Mount St. Bernard, England.
1950 - 1952: Oblate of the Monastery
1952: Novice
8 July 1953: He takes the simple vows, becoming Brother Cyprian
8 July 1956: He takes the solemn vows.
20 January 1964: He dies at the Royal Infirmary of Leicester.
22 January 1964: Requiem Mass and burial of Brother Cyprian in the cemetery of the Monastery.
20 January 1974: Commemoration of the 10 anniversary of his death. Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Archbishop Francis Arinze begins the spade work on the the possibility of promoting the cause of Tansi's beatification.
20 January 1986: Inauguration of the Onitsha Archdiocesan Tribunal for the Cause of Fr. Tansi by Archbishop Stephen Ezeanya. Request is made for his remains  to be brought back to Nigeria.
12 September 1986: His remains are exhumed.
19 September 1986: His remains are flown to Nigeria.
17 October 1986: After a solemn concelebrated Mass, his remains are reinterred at the Priests' cemetery beside Holy Trinity Cathedral Onitsha.  First major miracle obtained through Fr. Tansi. A girl with advanced stage of cancer is instantly cured.
5 May 1990: Final public session of the Onitsha Archdiocesan Tribunal for the Cause of Fr. Tansi after a concelebrated Mass at the Holy Trinity Field, Onitsha.
21 May 1990: Archbishop Ezeanya submits the Acts of the Archdiocesan Tribunal for the Cause of Fr. Tansi to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome. This marks the beginning of the beatification process.
22 March 1998: Pope John Paul II travels to Onitsha to beatify Fr. Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi.
  HIS MESSAGE
Phrases most remembered
Themes of spiritual talks
Retreat talk to a Bishop

REFLECTIONS ON HIS MESSAGE 
AND PERSON
By Father Emmanuel Nwosu (Local Postulator)
By Dom. Mark Ulogu (Contemporary fellow monk)
By Bishop Godfrey M.P. Okoye (Spiritual son)
By Cardinal Francis Arinze (Spiritual son)

FROM THE MONKS' PERSPECTIVE
A Reflection by Prior Diemer
«Hallel» on FatherTansi
Testimony of a fellow monk

WHAT THOSE WHO KNEW HIM ARE SAYING
His childhood
His days as a teacher
His Seminary days
His ministry as a Priest
His ascetic life
His severity
At his death

Program of the Pope's visit
Homily by Pope John Paul II
Solemn words of Beatification
References to Bl. C.M. Tansi in the speeches of  Pope John Paul II 
Messages received on the occasion of the beatification
Excerpts
from News media reports
 

CNN Videoclip of the Beatification
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A PRAYER 
FOR PRIVATE DEVOTION

O God, who granted many graces to your servant, Priest and Monk, Cyprian Michael Tansi, choosing him as your faithful instrument for evangelisation and sanctification of your people, grant also that I may spend my life, loving you and neighbour and serving the Church. Deign to glorify your servant Cyprian Michael and through his intercession to grant me the favour I ask of you .. (here add your personal intentions). Amen.

Our Father….
Hail Mary…
Glory be to the Father…

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