AFRICA/ DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - Rector appointed for Saint Jean-Baptiste Philosophy seminary in Bamanya

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Ivan Dias prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, on 26 October 2007, appointed as Rector of Saint Jean-Baptiste major provincial theology Seminary in Bamanya, archdiocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro (Democratic Republic of Congo), Rev. D. Babutu Emmanuel N’Zumaya, of the archdiocesan clergy of Mbandaka-Bikoro.
The new Rector was born on 28 June 1961 at Irebu, archdiocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro (Democratic R. Congo), and ordained a priest on 10 January 1993. After secondary school he went to the propaedeutic seminary in Bikoro (1983-84), and then studied philosophy and Saint Jean-Baptiste major seminary in Bamanya (1984-87), and theology at Saints Pierre et Paul seminary in Lisala (1987-91). He continued his studies at the Catholic Faculty of Kinshasa obtaining a Licentiate in philosophy. After nine years of ministry he was sent to Université-Louvain-La-Neuve for a doctorate in Philosophy obtained on 9 July 2007. He has been: archdiocesan secretary (1995-1997) and secretary chancellor (1997-2002). At the same time he taught at Bamanya major seminary and was chaplain of the university parish. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 20/12/2007 - righe 15, parole 185)