Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On July 15, the Holy Father appointed the following as auxiliary bishops of the metropolitan archdiocese of Kinshasa: Reverend Fr. Edouard Tsimba Ngoma, C.I.C.M., until now missionary in Belgium and adjunct episcopal vicar for consecrated life in the diocese of Liegi, assigning him the titular see of Igilgili; and Reverend Edouard Isango Nkoyo, of the clergy of Kinshasa, until now secretary-chancellor of the archdiocese of Kinshasa, assigning him the titular see of Utimmira.
Msgr. Edouard Tsimba Ngoma, C.I.C.M., was born in Boma on 11 April 1957. He attended the minor seminary of Mbata-Kiela, then entering the postulate of the Missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Scheut) in Kinshasa. He carried out his novitiate in Mbudi, Kinshasa, and gave his religious vows in February 1989 in Haiti. He completed his studies in philosophy at the Canisio Institute (Kimwenza). He subsequently had a missionary experience in Haiti, also attending courses in theology and concluding his studies in Port au Prince.
He was ordained a priest on 13 August 1989.
He has held the following offices: pastoral ministry in Haiti, in various parishes, for vocational and missionary animation (1989-1990); parish vicar of S. Michel de l’Attalaye, diocese of Les Gonaïves, Haiti (1990-1991); specialization in spirituality at the Institute for Religious Formation in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America (1991-1993); master of novices, vocational animator and head of internships in his Congregation in Haiti, and national vice-president for the Formation of Consecrated Persons in Haiti (1993-1999); counsellor general (1999-2005) and superior general (2005-2011) of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From 2006 to 2009 he chaired the Association of Superior Generals of the Missionary Congregations “SEDOS”. He has also served as rector of the interdiocesan major seminary of Bangui (2011-2020) and, since 2021, as a missionary in Belgium and adjunct episcopal vicar for consecrated life in the diocese of Liegi.
Msgr. Edouard Isango Nkoyo was born on 1 April 1973 in Kinshasa. He attended the Saint Jean Marie Vianney Minor Seminary and carried out a preparatory year in the Cardinal Malula Seminary of Kinshasa. He studied philosophy in the San André Kaggwa Seminary of Kinshasa, and theology in the Saint Jean XXIII Major Seminary in Kinshasa. He subsequently obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Catholic University of Kinshasa (1999-2002).
After pastoral experience in the parishes of Notre Dame de la Sagesse in Kinshasa (2000-2002), he was ordained a priest on 4 August 2002 for the clergy of Kinshasa.
Following ordination, he first held the offices of adjunct chancellor of the archdiocese of Kinshasa (2002-2003) and academic secretary of the Saint André Kaggwa Major Seminary (2003-2009 and 2017-2018). He carried out doctoral research in the Faculty of Philosophy in Munich, and provided pastoral service in the archdiocese of Munich (2010-2016). He served as parish vicar of Saint Georg in Wasserburg, in the diocese of Augsburg (2017); parish vicar of Saint Luc, Kinshasa (2017-2018); vice rector (2018-2020) and then rector of the San André Kaggwa Major Seminary (2020-2021). Since 2021, he has been secretary-chancellor of the archdiocese of Kinshasa and, since 2022, executive secretary of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Kinshasa. (E.G.) (Agenzia Fides, 17/7/2023)