Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On February 13, 2015 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr. Leopold Kropfreiter of the Servants of Jesus and Mary, SJM as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Kazakhstan for five years (2015-2020).
The new National Director was born in Linz, Austria, on 11 November 1980. After his secondary education he entered the SJM community in Blindenmarkt in 2000. He studied philosophy and theology in Blindenmarkt and Heiligenkreuz. He was ordained a priest on 22 February 2008 in Sonntagberg. On 1 August 2008 he left for the mission in Kazakhstan, where he carried out his pastoral service in the Diocese of Karaganda. He is currently pastor of Korneewka in the archdiocese of Astana. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 26/02/2016)