KINSHASHA JANUARY 30, 2015(CISA) – Pope Francis has appointed Fr Jean-Bertin Nadonye Ndongo, O.F.M. Cap. the new bishop of the diocese of Lolo.
According to Vatican Information Service(VIS), Pope Francis also accepted the resignation Mgr Ferdinand Maemba Liwoke from the pastoral care of the same diocese , in accordance to canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law.
The bishop-elect was born on March 24, 1965 in Botuzu, Equateur province, Molegbe diocese.
He studied philosophy at the Saint Laurent Convent in Bwamanda (1985-1988) and Theology at the Saint Eugene de Mazenod Institute in Kitambo (1989-1993).
He then obtained a licentiate in Theology at the Catholic University of Kinshasa (1994-1996) and a Higher Diploma in Secondary Education.
He was ordained a priest on August 2, 1993.
He previously served as the Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Bwamanda, member of the economic council for the diocese of Molegbe, formator and rector of the “Maison d’Etudes” in Kinshasa, vice-minister and subsequently provincial minister of the Capuchin Friars in DR Congo, President of the Conference of Capuchin Friars of Central and Western Africa (CONCAO), and President of the Assembly of Major Superiors.
Since 2012 until his appointment, Bishop-elect has been serving as General Minister of Capuchin Minor Friars in Rome.