AFRICA/COTE D’IVOIRE - Appointment of bishop of Katiola

Monday, 15 May 2023

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On May 13, 2023, the Holy Father Francis appointed the Reverend Honoré Beugré Dakpa, of the clergy of the archdiocese of Gagnoa, until now secretary general of the Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO/UUA) as bishop of the diocese of Katiola, Cote d’Ivoire.
Msgr. Honoré Beugré Dakpa was born on 30 July 1969 in Grand-Lahou, diocese of Gagnoa. After attending the minor seminary, he completed the cycle of philosophy and theology at the Saint Cœur de Marie Major Seminary of Anyama.
He was ordained a priest on 20 December 1998 for the archdiocese of Gagnoa.
After ordination, he held the offices of parish vicar in Gbagbam (1998-1999); parish vicar of Saint Jean Baptiste in Lakota and formator at the catechistic centre of Gagnoa (1999-2000); parish vicar of Saint Jacques Cocody II Plateaux, Abidjan (2000-2001); vicar of the university parish of Saint Albert le Grand de Cocody, vice chaplain of students and spiritual direction of the Saint Paul VI University Seminary, Abidjan (2001-2004). He studied at the Université Catholique de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (UCAO/UUA) and was prefect of discipline at the Saint Paul VI University Seminary (2004-2007). He was awarded a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (2008-2010) and went on to serve as professor of canon law at the UCAO/UUA and member of the Commission for Legal Affairs and the Appeals Tribunals (2011-2016); director of the Institute of Canon Law of the UCAO/UUA (2013-2019); since 2016, judge of first instance of the diocesan tribunal of San Pedro and, since 2020, secretary general of the UCAO/UUA). (SL) (Agenzia Fides,15/5/2023)