The Church missionary Society

Christianity was the first foreign religion to infiltrate into Ile-Oluji. it came with the advent of European missionaries into the country. The right Rev Charles Philips introduced Christianity into Ondo in 1875. He was sent there by the Church missionary Society (C. M. S.). This shows that the C. M. S. brought Christianity into the region. Rev. Philips visited Ile-Oluji in !878, but he won no converts.

The Roman Catholic Mission

The Roman Catholic Mission (R. C. M.) came after the C. M. S. in 1916. The first mass was held at Odolua in a private house on 6th August, 1916. Rev. Father Omole was the first Priest of this mission. The first baptism took place at Ondo, because there was then no resident Rev. Father in the town. Subsequent ones were however held in the town. The people later moved from Odolua to Odosikan to worship.

In 1947, they established the St. George Primary School at Idiomo. Thereafter the venue of their worship was moved to the School, until 1961 when the St. George's Catholic Church was completed. On 17th January, 1967, their first residential priest, Rev Father John Akinwale, was posted to them. On 17th December, 1983, Rev. Father Joachim Adesominu was ordained. He was the first indigene to be so ordained.

The Baptist Mission followed. Evangelist Michael Adeyemi brought the mission to Ile-Oluji, in 1932. he originally came to Ile-Oluji as a freelance evangelist and was nicknamed "Akede". He gathered his followers around Okerita and dedicated the Aigo river for Baptism by immersion. He later went on to Aroromi Baptist Church in Lagos, where he was directed to Rev. Cannon Adeyemi for tutelage.

After this he returned to Ile-Oluji and converted the Akede Mission to Araromi Baptist Church.

Other Mission

Other missions also followed such as the Methodist. Spiritual churches were not left out , among their members being, the cherubim and seraphim church , the celestial church of Christ, and the church of the lord (Aladura ) . The advent of Pentecostal churches is a fairly recent development, they include: The redeemed christian church of God , Deeper life bible church and many others.

These Pentecostal churches are rapidly growing in strength and numbers as more people are releasing the need to worship God in spirit and in truth . Individual who can afford to ,and/or those who claim that God himself has called them to do so , have also begun establishing churches here and there .

The Islamic Religion

The Islamic religion was introduced to Nigeria through the sahara trade by North African Berbers.

It was first introduced into the Northern part of the country. Although the Northerners were initially lukewarm towards the religion, it later took firm roots there, after the Sokoto Jihad of 1804. The Jihad also led to the spread of the religion to Ilorin and the old Oyo empire.

The religion was introduced to Ile-Oluji by Alfa Bello Allimi from Ilorin. when Alfa Bello arrived at Ile-Oluji, he stayed with Mr. Akinsimide at Oke-Ehinogbe quarters. Alfa Bello later established himself at "Odoyard". He won a few converts, and they worshipped in his house. As time went on, they were given a tract of land at Oke-Atiba to build a Mosque on. The present on was later built at "Enu-Owa" (the entrance to the palace).

The religion is however, not very popular among the indigenes. The Muslims constitute a small minority of the total population in the town.

Even then, most of the Muslim population in the town is non-indigenous. The Islamic religion made very little impact on the social, political and economic development of the town.

CENTRAL MOSQUE

LIST OF CHURCHES IN ILE-OLUJI

  • SAINT PETER'S ANGLICAN CHURCH ILE-OLUJI

  • SAINT LUKE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH

  • EMMANUEL ANGLICAN CHURCH ILE-OLUJI

  • ARAROMI BAPTIST CHURCH

  • THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

  • CELESTIAL CHURCH OF GOD

  • HOLY SAVIOUR'S CHURCH