Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 31 March 2015, the Holy Father appointed Fr. Christophe Amade, M.Afr., Provincial Superior of the White Fathers for Central Africa as Bishop of the Diocese of Kalemie-Kirungu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fr. Christophe Amade, M.Afr. was born on January 18, 1961 in Mune. After primary school in Bidri and Nyaguma (1967-1973) and secondary school at the Jean XXIII Minor Seminary in Vida (Mahagi-Nioka) and College in Ovoa (1973-1979), he taught at the Institut Technique Agricole in Laybo (Mahagi-Nioka), from 1979 to 1981. He then studied Philosophy at the Notre Dame de la Ruzizi major Seminary in Bukavu (1981-1984), before entering the Novitiate of the White Fathers in Fribourg (1984-1985). From 1985 to 1987, he completed a period of pastoral internship in the parish of Funsi, Diocese of Wa (in Ghana). He completed his theological studies at the London Missionary Institute (1987-1990), in England, before being ordained a priest on August 25, 1990.
Since ordination he has served in a number of pastoral and academic roles: 1990-1993: Parish Ministry in Funsi, in the Diocese of Wa, Ghana; 1993-1998: Studies for a Licentiate in Philosophy, in Rome; 1998-2004: Lecturer and then rector of the Consortium of Philosophy in Jinja, Uganda; 2004-2009: Doctorate in Philosophy (2010) at the Pontifical Gregorian University; 2009-2013: Professor of Philosophy at the Consortium of Philosophy in Kumasi, Ghana; 2013-2014: Professor of Philosophy at St. Augustin University, in Kinshasa; since 2014: Provincial Superior of the White Fathers for Central Africa. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 01/04/2015)