AFRICA/GUINEA - Erection of the diocese of Guéckédou and appointment of first bishop

Friday, 30 June 2023

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On June 29, the Holy Father erected the new diocese of Guéckédou, Guinea, with territory taken from the diocese of Kankan and N’Zérékoré, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan archdiocese of Conakry, Guinea.
The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Norbert Tamba Sandouno, of the clergy of Kankan, until now administrator of the parish of Saint Philippe of Houidou, as first bishop of Guéckédou.
Msgr. Norbert Tamba Sandouno was born on 6 June 1967 in Koniandou, in the prefecture of Guéckédou. He attended the Saint John XXIII Minor Seminary in Kindia, the postulate of the Brothers of Saint John of God in Thiès, Senegal, and Kankan Seminary. He studied philosophy at the Saint Augustin Major Seminary in Bamako and sociology at the Université Gamal Abdel Nasser in Conakry. He then continued his studies in theology at the Saint Augustin Major Seminary in Bamako.
He was ordained a priest on 18 November 2007 for the clergy of Kankan.
He has held the following offices: parish vicar of Notre Dame du Rosaire, Guéckédou (2007-2008); vicar and then parish priest of Saint Bernard, Kondiadou (2008-2011); parish priest of Saint Louis, Kissidougou (2011-2013); parish priest of the Cathedral of Kankan, member of the Council of Consultors and head of the diocesan Justice and Peace Commission (2013-2015); parish priest of Sainte Rita and diocesan director of the PP.OO.MM. (2015-2016); parish priest of Notre Dame du Rosaire, Guéckédou, and episcopal vicar for the Pastoral Care of Families and the Laity (2016-2017); parish priest of Saint Louis, Kissidougou (2019-2021), and from 2021 to the present, administrator of Saint Philippe, Houidou, Guéckédou. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 30/6/2023)