Fr. Dieudonné NZAPALAINGA , Archbishop of Bangui (RCA)

  On Monday 14th May 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed our confrere Fr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga as Archbishop of Bangui in the Central African Republic where he has been the Apostolic Administrator since the 26th of May 2009.
Fr. Dieudonné was born on the 14th of March 1967 in Bangassou. After his secondary studies he began his formation to be a Spiritan priest in the Central African Foundation, doing his postulancy at Otéle (Cameroon), philosophy at Libreville (Gabon), novitiate at Mbalmayo (Cameroon) and theology in Paris (France). He made his perpetual profession on the 6th of September 1997, was ordained deacon the next day and ordained priest on the 9th of August 1998 in Bangassou.
Fr. Dieudonné Nzapalainga began his missionary life in Marseilles (France) working as chaplain in St. Francis de Sales house, a work of the Orphan-Apprentices of Auteuil. While there he also ministered in the parish of  St.Jerome of Marseilles. He stayed here in the same work and in the same community altogether eight and a half years, first as a deacon for one year then as a priest.
In March 2006, the Regional Assembly of the Spiritans of the Central African Republic, elected him as their Regional Superior within the Central African Province. On the 26th of May 2009 he was appointed diocesan administrator of Bangui, following the resignation of  bishop Paulin Pomodimo. Since then he has done a good job at the head of the diocese,  despite all kinds of difficulties experienced by the Church in the country, calming tensions and sorting out the finances.
The challenges which the diocese of Bangui and its new archbishop face are still many and difficult. Let us assure our confrere of our fraternal prayers and wish him a fruitful and rewarding ministry.

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