AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - New national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Burkina Faso e Niger

Thursday, 18 January 2007

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples on 6 October 2006 appointed National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Burkina Faso and Niger for a five year term (2007-2012), Rev Oscar Zoungrana, a member of the clergy of the archdiocese of Koupéla.
The new national director was born in Rapadama, 14 April 1959. He attended various seminaries: minor seminary in Baskouré (1973/1978) Kossoghen intermediate seminary (1978/1981), Saint Jean Baptiste major seminary in Ouagadougou (1981/1983) and Koumi major seminary (1983/1988). He was ordained a priest on 9 July 1988 at Tenkodogo. He has since been: assistant priest at the cathedral parish in Koupéla and Holy Childhood animator (1988/1991), Koupéla diocesan high school chaplain (1991/1995). In August 1995 he went for further studies to Metz University in Germany obtaining a degree in Catholic Theology in 1998 and diplomas at Strasburg University, (DEA) (1998/1999) in practical theology and communications (DESU) in 1999. In September 1999 he was appointed parish priest at Saint Francis Xavier Tenkodogo parish and diocesan director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 18/1/2007 - 17 righe, 226 parole)