AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Appointment of coadjutor bishop of Bangassou

Friday, 23 February 2024

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Fr. Aurelio Gazzera, O.C.D., until now director of Caritas for the diocese of Bouar, as coadjutor bishop of Bangassou, Central African Republic.
Msgr. Aurelio Gazzera, O.C.D., was born on 27 May 1964 in Cuneo, Italy, and entered the minor seminary of the Descalced Carmelites of Arenzano in 1974. In 1979 he gave his simple vows in the Order of Descalced Carmelines of the province of Genoa. He subsequently spent a year of formation in the Central African Carmelite Delegation, and on 11 October 1986, he gave his solemn vows.
He studied philosophy and theology at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy – Genoa Section, and was ordained a priest on 29 May 1989.
After serving as a formator in the minor seminary of the Descalced Carmelines of Arenzano, he began his mission in Central Africa.
He has held the following offices: assistant in the minor seminary of Yole (1992-1994), director of the first cycle of the same minor seminary (1994-2003), parish priest of Saint Michael of Bozoum (2003-2020), and superior of the Delegation of Descalced Carmelites of Central Africa (2014-2020). Since 2003 he has been the director of Caritas in Bouar, and since 2020, a member of the Baoro community, responsible for the Christians in the villages of the savanna and director of the Baoro Mechanical School. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 23/2/2024)