Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On May 13, 2023, the Holy Father Francis appointed the Reverend Fr. Lénard Ndjate, M.C.C.I., until now provincial of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo, assigning him the titular see of Casae in Numidia.
Msgr. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate, M.C.C.I., was born on 2 January 1976 in Yanonge, in the archdiocese of Kisangani. In 1995 he entered the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. After his novitiate, he studied philosophy at the Philosophat Edith Stein in Kisangani and then theology at the Institut Saint Eugène de Mazenod in Kinshasa.
He gave his solemn vows on 10 October 2005 and was ordained a priest on 13 August 2006 in Kisangani.
After ordination, he first served as parish priest in Bangui and provincial counsellor (2006-2013). After obtaining a licentiate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (2013-2015), he went on to serve as master of novices at the International Novitiate of the Combonians for French-speaking Africa in Cotonou, Benin (2015-2019); and from 2020 to the present, provincial superior of the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus for the Democratic Republic of Congo. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 15/5/2023)