AFRICA/DR CONGO - Resignation of Bishop of Lolo and appointed of successor

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 29 January 2015, The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Lolo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by His Exc. Mgr. Ferdinand Maemba Liwoke, in accordance to can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Rev. Jean-Bertin Nadonye Ndongo, O.F.M. Cap., Minister of the Capuchin Friars Minor in Rome as Bishop of the Diocese of Lolo.
Rev. Jean-Bertin Nadonye Ndongo, O.F.M. Cap., was born on March 24, 1965 in Botuzu, Equateur province, diocese of Molegbe. After primary school in Bozene (1971-1978) he attended secondary school in Bongisa/Bwamanda (1978-1984). He studied philosophy at the Saint Laurent Convent in Bwamanda (1985-1988) and Theology at the Saint Eugene de Mazenod Institute in Kitambo (1989-1993). He then obtained a licentiate in Theology at the Catholic University of Kinshasa (1994-1996). He also has a bachelor's Enseignement secondaire, degré supérieur. He was ordained a priest on 2 August 1993.
After ordination he has served in a number of pastoral roles: 1993-1995: Assistant priest at Ste Elisabeth in Gemena, Diocese of Molegbe; 1995-1996: Vice Rector of the Capuchin Friars in Kinshasa; 1996-1997: Master of Novices and lecturer at the Institute of Religious Sciences in Bwamanda; 1997-1998: First Counselor of the General Vice-Province of Congo; 1998-2001: Pastor of Sacré Coeur de Jésus, in Bwamanda and member of the Economic Council of the Diocese of Molegbe; 2001-2005: Formator and Rector of the Maison d'études in Kinshasa; Vice Coordinator of the Famille Franciscaine in Kinshasa; Member of the Audit Committee of the Constitutions and General Statutes (2003); 2005-2009: Vice-Minister and then Provincial Minister of the Capuchin Friars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and President of the Capuchin Conference of Central and Western Africa (CONCAO); 2009-2011: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saint Augustin Institute in Kinshasa; 2011-2012: President of ASUMA (Assemblée des Supérieurs majeurs). Since 2012: General Minister of Friars Minor Capuchin, in Rome. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 29/01/2015)