AFRICA/ZIMBABWE - Resignation of the Bishop of Mutare, appointment of successor

Monday, 30 May 2016

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 28 May 2016 the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Mutare (Zimbabwe), presented by His Exc. Mgr. Alexio Churu Muchabaiwa, in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. The Holy Father appointed Fr. Paul Horan, O. Carm., Director of the Catholic school Kriste Mambo in Rusape, in the Diocese of Mutare as Bishop of the Diocese of Mutare.
Rev. Fr. Paul Horan, O. Carm., was born in Drangan, Tipperary County, in Ireland, on 17 October 1962. He completed his philosophical and theological studies, obtaining Bachelor’s degree, at the Milltown Institute College in Dublin, Ireland (1990-1995). On 15 October 1995 he professed his perpetual vows and was ordained a priest on June 7, 1997 in Ireland. Before entering the Carmelite Order, he worked at the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants of Ireland. In 2001 he obtained a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He arrived in Zimbabwe as a missionary in 2001.
Since his ordination he has served the following academic and pastoral roles: 2001: Shona language course and missionary pastoral experience; 2001-2004: Director of Postulancy of the Carmelite Fathers in Rusape (Mutare); 2004-2006: Director of the Novitiate of the Carmelite Fathers in Rusape; 2006-2008: Assistant parish of St. Kilian's in Makoni (Mutare); since 2008: Director of the Catholic school Kriste Mambo in Rusape. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 30/05/2016)