I am thrilled to let you know that we will be welcoming a new priest to our St. John-St. Paul Collaborative community this week!  Fr. Gabriel Afumbom Tokoh, a priest from the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon, Africa, is currently in a Master’s Program in Leadership and Administration at Boston College. He has been living at a parish in Salem for the past year and commuting to B.C. for his studies, so his joining us in Wellesley will be a true blessing for our parishes and for Fr. Gabriel! He will be living at the St. Paul rectory and will be celebrating Masses, funerals, and sacraments with us for the next two years as he completes his studies.

Below is a brief introduction from Fr. Gabriel – I know you will join me in welcoming him and making him feel at home here at the Collaborative and in Wellesley! (And stay tuned for more good news in the coming weeks – we’ll be introducing another priest, also from Cameroon and studying at B.C., who will be joining us as well!) 

– Fr. Jim

I am Fr. Gabriel Afumbom Tokoh, priest from the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon, Africa. I was ordained a priest on Wednesday 30th, March 2016. I did my Philosophical and Theological studies in St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, Cameroon where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree both in Philosophy and Theology. Presently I am doing a Master’s Program in Leadership and Administration in Boston College, Woods School of Advancing Studies.

Since my Ordination in 2016, I have served as Pastor in St. Clémentine Anuarite Parish, Yemge in the Archdiocese of Bamenda (August 2016 to August 2018).

From August 2018 to December 21, 2022, I was Pastor in St. John the Baptist Parish, Ntaghem, Archdiocese of Bamenda, Cameroon. Within this time, I was a member of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, a teacher of scriptures to three (3) Religious Houses, Manager of schools, and Chaplain to Catholic Men Association (CMA). I was also Dean in two deaneries of the diocese.


Fr. Gabriel celebrating his first Mass at St. Paul Church earlier this week.

Exciting News – Welcome Fr. Gabriel!