Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Reverend François Abeli Muhoya Mutchapa, of the clergy of Kindu, currently in pastoral service in the parishes of Santa Maria and San Mauro of the diocese of Tivoli, Italy.
Msgr. François Abeli Muhoya Mutchapa was born on 9 February 1974 in Kindu. After primary and secondary school, he entered the Petit Séminaire Notre-Dame des Apôtres in Kindu (1987-1991), and subsequently attended the preparatory year in the diocese of Kasongo (1991-1992). From 1992 to 1995 he studied philosophy in the Grand Séminaire Mgr. Cleire in Kasongo and, from 1999 to 2000, he studied theology in the Grand Séminaire de Murhesa Saint Pie X, Bukavu.
He was ordained a priest on 6 January 2002 for the diocese of Kindu.
Since priestly ordination he has held the following roles: parish vicar of the Saint-Esprit parish in Kindu (2002-2003); director of Diocesan Caritas in Kindu and formator at the Petit Séminaire Notre-Dame des Apôtres in Kindu (2002-2008); Sunday vicar in the Saint-Esprit parish (2003-2006) and in the Bienheureuse Anuarite parish in Kindu (2006-2012); coordinator of Caritas-Développement-Kindu (2008-2009); member of the Commission for Economic Affairs of the diocese (2009-2012); and assistant to the second deputy secretary of Caritas-Développement Congo (2012-2013). He then studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University where he was awarded a licentiate and doctorate in history and cultural heritage of the Church (2013-2020), while carrying out his pastoral service in the diocese of Tivoli as a collaborator in the parishes of Santa Maria and San Mauro (2016-2020). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 19/11/2020)