AFRICA/CAMEROON - New rector for Notre Dame d’Espérance Interdiocesan major seminary in Bertua

Wednesday, 2 March 2005

Vatican City (Fides Service) - Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples has appointed 17 December 2004, rector of the major Notre Dame d’Espérance interdiocesan seminary in the archdiocese of Bertoua (Cameroon), Father Louis Ndjana CICM.
The new rector was born on 21 June 1953 at Song Onana, Catholic mission of Mva’a, Lekie province. He studied philosophy and sociology at Yaounde seminary and in 1979/80 entered as novice and then made his profession as a member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) at Mbudi-Kinshasa (Zaire). He then continued his studies for a degree at the Saint Pierre Canisius Kimwenza Institute in Kinshasa (1980/82). In 1982/83 he did pastoral work in Budzala diocese (north Zaire) and was prefect of studies and teacher at the Sukisa Institute in Bangabola. In 1983/87 he studied theology at the Ecole Théologique St. Cyprien de Ngoya. He was ordained a priest on 18 July 1987 at Mva’a. He then went to study in London (1987/88) and on returning to Cameroon was assistant priest and then parish priest in a number of parishes (1989/1994). From 1995 to 1998 he studied Social Communications at the Salesian University in Rome. From 1998 to 2002 he held various posts: parish priest, diocesan media coordinator, Vice superior of the CICM district. In 2002/2004 he was vice rector of the Notre Dame d’Espérance seminary in Bertoua and chaplain for the English speaking community at Holy Ghost Church in Bertoua. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 2/3/2005; Righe 19; Parole 239)