AFRICA/BENIN - Resignation and appointment of bishop of Lokossa

Saturday, 4 March 2023

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Lokossa, Benin, presented by Bishop Victor Agbanou.
The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Coffi Roger Anoumou, of the clergy of the same diocese, until now rector of the Saint Paul Major Seminary of Djimé.
Msgr. Coffi Roger Anoumou was born on 30 July 1972 in Dogbo. After attending the minor seminaries of Adjatokpa in Djimé and Parakou, and the preparatory seminary of Missérété, he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the Saint Gall Seminary of Ouidah.
He was ordained a priest on 27 December 2003 for the clergy of Lokossa.
After ordination, he first served as formator and teacher of English and philosophy in the Parakou Seminary (2003-2005), and deputy parish priest of Saint Kisito in Nima, in the archdiocese of Accra, Ghana (2006-2007). He then studied for a licentiate in psychology of education and development at the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome (2007-2011). After serving as formator in the seminaries of Parakou and Djimé (2011-2012), he returned to Rome to study for a doctorate in psychology of education at the Salesian Pontifical University (2012-2015). In Italy he was pastoral assistant of the pastoral unit of Gualdo-Montecodruzzo and Borello, in the diocese of Cesena-Sarsina (2012-2014) and parish priest of Piavola, San Romano, Pieve Rivoschio and Giaggiolo, in the diocese of Cesena-Sarsina (2014-2017). He studied for a doctorate in applied psychology at the University of Paris, as a researcher in Rome and in Benin (2015-2020), and went on to serve as parish priest of Saint François d’Assise in Lanta, in the diocese of Lokossa (2017-2021). Since 2021, he has been rector of the Saint Paul Major Seminar in Djimé and chaplain of the technical high school of Bohicon. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 4/3/2023)