AFRICA/CONGO - Resignation of Bishop of Impfondo and appointment of successor

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Impfondo, Republic of the Congo, presented by Bishop Jean Gardin, C.S.Sp.
The Pope has appointed the Reverend Daniel Nzika, of the clergy of Ouesso, currently vicar general, as bishop of the same diocese.
The bishop-elect was born in Ouesso on 16 February 1971. He attended the minor seminary of Makoua (1992-1995), hosted by the Community of the Beatitudes of Blagnac. He studied philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Toulouse (1995-2000). He was ordained a priest on 9 December 2000.
Since priestly ordination he has held the following roles: parish vicar in the Saint Michel in Pokola (2000-2002); parish priest and spiritual director of the preparatory seminary (2003-2010); and parish priest of the Saint Pierre Claver Cathedral of Ouesso (2010-2012), and vicar general of the diocese (2010-2012). From 2012 to 2015 he carried out his studies for a licentiate in dogmatic theology at the Institut Catholique d’Angers; and has served as vicar general again since 2016. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/12/2019)