Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On 11 February 2015 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Lisala (Democratic Republic of Congo) by His Exc. Mgr. Louis Nkinga Bondala, C.I.C.M., in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Ernest Ngboko Ngombe, C.I.C.M., Vicar General of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Scheut as Bishop of Lisala (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
The newly-elected Bishop was born on May 25, 1964 in Kanya Mbonda, diocese of Lisala. He studied Philosophy at the Saint Augustin Ngoya Institute, Yaounde, in Cameroon (1988-1990) and Theology at the Saint Cyprien Institute in Ngoya, always in Yaoundé (1990-1994). He professed his first vows in the Congregation of the Missionaries of Scheut on October 17, 1987. He was ordained a priest on June 20, 1996 in Dakar (Senegal).
Since ordination he has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles: 1996-2010: Missionary in Senegal, where he was appointed Assistant priest and then parish priest of Saint Abraham in Guediawaye, on the outskirts of Dakar; 2001-2010: Superior of the Autonomous District C.I.C.M. of Senegal for three consecutive terms; 2010-2011: Studies in Theology at the Catholic Theological Union (C.T.S.), in the United States; 2011: Rector of the Theological Seminary in Cameroon and Coordinator of CICM for the Region of Africa. Since 2011 he has been Vicar General of his Congregation. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 12/02/2015)