SOUTH SUDAN - Appointment of Bishop of Torit, Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta, of the clergy of Khartoum, until now parish priest of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew of the archdiocese of Khartoum, as bishop of the diocese of Torit, South Sudan.
Msgr. Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta was born on 19 December 1973 in Kapoeta, in the diocese of Torit. He attended the Saint Augustine Minor Seminary in Khartoum (1994-1995), and then the Saint Paul Major Seminary in Khartoum (1996-2003).
On 24 October 2004 he was ordained a priest for the archdiocese of Khartoum.
After ordination, he served as parish vicar of the Holy Spirit parish in Omdurman, Khartoum (2004-2007) and director of the Institute of Catechists for the Third Millennium, Khartoum (2007-2010). He then obtained a bachelor’s degree in Science of Education – Religious Education (2010-2012) and a licentiate in Education – Youth Pastoral Care and Catechetics from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome (2012-2014). He went on to hold the roles of deputy parish priest of the Saint Peter and Paul parish in Khartoum (2014-2017), and since 2017, parish priest of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew, archdiocese of Khartoum.
KENYA - Resignation and appointment of bishop of Kitale
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kitale, Kenya, presented by Bishop Maurice Anthony Crowley, S.P.S.
The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Henry Juma Odonya, of the clergy of Edloret, until now formator at the House of Formation of the Society of Saint Patrick for the Foreign Missions in South Africa, as bishop of the same diocese.
Msgr. Henry Juma Odonya was born on 10 December 1976 in Nairobi. He studied philosophy at Saint Augustine’s Senior Seminary in Mabanga and theology at Saint Thomas Aquinas Senior Seminary in Nairobi.
He was ordained a priest on 25 February 2006 and incardinated in the diocese of Eldoret.
He has held the following offices and carried out further studies: parish vicar of Kapcherop (2006-2008) and of Ndalat, both in the diocese of Eldoret (2008-2009), parish priest of Kapcherop (2009-2011) and of Kolongolo, diocese of Kitale, as a fidei donum priest (2011-2013); president of the Association of fidei donum priests in Kenya (2011-2014); parish priest of Chepchoina, diocese of Kitale (2013-2015), of Ndalat and president of the Diocesan Priestly Association (2015-2016). He continued his studies in Rome, receiving a licentiate in missiology from the Pontifical Urban University (2016-2019), and went on to serve as parish vicar of Huruma, diocese of Eldoret (2019-2020). Since 2020, he has served as formator at the House of Formation of the Society of Saint Patrick for the Foreign Missions, in South Africa.
Source : fides.org