Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria, the Reverend Julius Yakubu Kundi, of the clergy of Zaria, formerly parish priest of Saint John in Muchia.
The Reverend Julius Yakubu Kundi was born on 15 February 1968 in Danladi, in the present diocese of Zariah. After his primary and secondary school studies, he studied at Kafanchan Teachers’ College (1985-1987). After becoming a seminarian, he completed his philosophical studies at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Makurdi (1988-1991) and his theological studies at Saint Augustine's Major Seminary in Jos (1992-1996). Later he studied at the Catholic Institute of West Africa (2003-2006), obtaining a licentiate in moral theology. He was ordained a priest on 14 June 1997 for the clergy of Kaduna. With the erection of the diocese of Zaria on 5 December 2000, he opted for the new diocese.
Since ordination he has held the following positions: parish vicar of Saint Andrew in Kakuri, archdiocese of Kaduna (1997-1998); parish priest of Saint Paul in the diocese of Jalingo, as priest fidei donum (1998-2003); higher studies in Port Harcourt (2003-2006); parish priest of Saint Enda in Bassawa Zaria (2006-2007); vice-rector of Saint Joseph’s minor seminary in Bassawa Zaria (2006-2007); administrator of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Zaria (2007-2010); treasurer of the diocese of Zaria (2007-2010); vicar general of the diocese of Zaria (2009-2010); vice-rector and formator in the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna (2010-2014); acting rector of the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna (2014-2016); acting chaplain of the Zaria Police Corps (2016-2017); parish priest of Saint John in Muchia (2017-2018); and since 2018, parish vicar of Our Lady of the Lake parish in Lake Havasu City, diocese of Phoenix, United States of America. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/12/2019)