Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 8 October, 2020 Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Fr. Jeremiah Joseph Browne, of the diocesan clergy of Port Elizabeth as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in South Africa for a five-year period (2020-2025).
The new National Director was born on February 26, 1963 in the County of Kerry, Ireland. After high school and entering the world of work, he entered the Seminary in Dublin in 1987, obtaining a bachelor's degree in theology. He was ordained a priest on 6 June 1993 in Dublin for the diocese of Port Elizabeth (South Africa). After his ordination he was assistant parish priest and parish priest in various parishes of the diocese of Port Elizabeth as well as diocesan director of pastoral vocations. In the years 2001-2002 he obtained a Master's Degree in Education from Boston College (USA). Returning to South Africa, he was parish priest and held various positions at a diocesan level, among others for the formation of permanent deacons, for the coordination of diocesan pastoral care and the presbyteral council. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 19/1/2021)