AFRICA/ANGOLA - Appointment of the Bishop of Leena, Martín Lasarte Topolansky

Saturday, 1 July 2023

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Martín Lasarte Topolansky, S.D.B., until now provincial superior of the Salesian Society of Saint John Bosco (Salesians) in Angola.
Msgr. Martín Lasarte Topolansky, S.D.B., was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 12 October 1962. After entering the Salesian novitiate of Montevideo-Manga, he gave his first vows on 31 January 1982. In 1990 he was sent as a deacon to Angola, in the diocese of Lwena.
He received priestly ordination on 17 August 1991 in Montevideo.
Following specialist studies in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome (1991-1995), he went on to serve as formator in the Salesian Seminary and professor in the Major Seminary of Luanda (1995-2001); parish priest of São Pedro e São Paulo in Lwena and advisor to the Mamã Muxima Visitation of Angola (2001-2008); delegate for Salesian youth pastoral care in Angola, professor at the Major Seminary of Luanda, the Universidade Católica de Angola and the Instituto Superior Dom Bosco, Luanda, and director of the department of the Universidade Católica de Angola (2009-2015); vicar of the Mamã Muxima Visitation of Angola (2013-2015); collaborator in the Department for Missions of the General Curia of the Salesians of Don Bosco (2015-2020). From 2020 until now he has been Superior of the Mamã Muxima Visitation of Angola. (Agenzia Fides, 1/7/2023)