Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On November 5, 2016, the Holy Father appointed Rev. Philip Davou Dung, Priest, Member of the College of Consultors and Treasurer of the Archdiocese of Jos as Bishop of the Diocese of Shendam (Nigeria).
Rev. Philip Davou Dung was born on August 19, 1958, in Kuru Station, in the Archdiocese of Jos.
After attending elementary school he entered the St. John Vianney Minor Seminary, in Barkin Ladi (1973-1977). He carried out his spiritual formation at the National Missionary Seminary, in Iperu-Remu, and his Philosophy and Theology studies (1978-1984) at St. Augustine's Major Seminary in Jos. He was ordained a priest on November 24, 1984 for the Archdiocese of Jos.
Since his ordination he has served the following academic and pastoral roles: 1984-1985: Assistant priest of St. John's Parish, in Bauchi; 1985-1987: Pastor of St. Patrick's Parish, in Akwanga; 1987-1989: Pastor of St. Jerome's Parish, in Amper; 1989-1991: Pastor of St. James Parish, in Gombe; 1991-1992: Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Jos; 1992-1994: Studies in Moral Theology at the Pontifical Alphonsian Academy, in Rome; 1994: Assistant priest of St. Louis Parish, in Jos; 1994-1999: Pastor of St. Michael's Parish in Nassarawa Gwong and again Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Jos; 1999-2002: Dean of Studies in St. Augustine's Major Seminary, in Jos; 2002-2004: Pastor in the Church of Assumption Parish, in Jos; 2003-2010: Vice-President of the Priests' Council of the Archdiocese of Jos; 2005-2006: Pastor of St. Peter's Parish, in Kabong; since 2006: Pastor of St. Murumba Parish, in Jos; since 2007: Member of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Jos; since 2010: Treasurer of the Archdiocese of Jos; Currently: Pastor of St. Joseph's Parish, in Du, in the Archdiocese of Jos.
The Diocese of Shendam, erected in 2007, is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Jos, it has an area of 11,644 square kilometers and a population of 1,199,639 inhabitants, of whom 179,601 are Catholics. There are 28 Parishes and three mission stations, 34 priests (31 diocesan and 3 religious), 3 religious Brothers, 11 nuns and 44 seminarians. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 09/11/2016)