SOUTH SUDAN - Resignation of Bishop of Yei and appointment

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On February 11, 2022 Tthe Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Yei (South Sudan), presented by His Exc. Msgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe. The Holy Father appointed Rev. Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo, of the clergy of Yei, currently Formator, Professor and Treasurer of the St. Paul National Major Seminary in Juba, as Bishop of the same Diocese.

His Exc. Msgr. Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo, was born on January 26, 1971 in Wudu (Diocese of Yei). He entered the St. Mary Minor Seminary in Juba (1989-1993) and attended the St. Paul National Major Seminary for courses in Philosophy and Theology and obtained a Diploma (1996) and a Baccalaureate (2000).
On June 24, 2001 he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Yei.

Since his ordination, he has carried out the following offices and studies: Parish Vicar of the Sacred Heart, Lomin, Kajo Keji (2001-2002); Diploma in computer science at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya (2002-2003); General Secretary of the Diocese of Yei (2002-2006); Studies in Financial Management and Administration at CORAT Africa, Nairobi, Kenya (2006-2007); Secretary General, Diocesan General Treasurer, Coordinator of Communication and Education (2006-2008); Diocesan Youth Chaplain (2008-2013); Rector of the St. Augustine Diocesan Minor Seminary in Yei (2013-2014); Licentiate in Biblical Theology at the Urbaniana University of Rome (2014-2018).
Since 2018 he has been Formator, Professor and Treasurer of the St. Paul National Major Seminary in Juba.

BENIN - Appointment of Bishop of Djougou

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On February 12, 2022, the Holy Father appointed the Reverend Fr. Bernard de Clairvaux Toha Wontacien, O.S.F.S., until now provincial superior of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in Benin, as bishop of the diocese of Djougou (Benin)

Msgr. Bernard de Claivaux Toha Wontacien, O.S.F.S., was born on 20 August 1970 in Abomey-Calavi, attended primary and secondary schools in the city of Parakou, and was subsequently awarded a master’s degree in geology. He entered the religious institute of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales (O.S.F.S.), and gave his religious profession on 26 September 1998.

He taught latin at the Saint John Vianney Seminary of Pretoria, South Africa.
He was ordained a priest on 22 July 2006 in Parakou.

He has held the following offices: head of coordination of social pastoral care and of the management of development projects of the metropolitan archdiocese of Parakou, coordinator of archdiocesan Caritas and of the diocese of North Benin (2006-2011), member of the Council for Economic Affairs of the same archdiocese and advisor to the archbishop (2007-2013), bursar of the Western African division of the Province of France (2008-2018) and head of English and French translation of the O.S.F.S. (2012-2018), Master of Scholastics O.S.F.S., Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (2013-2018), provincial councillor (2015-2018) and from 2019 to the present, provincial superior of the Province of France of the O.S.F.S. in Benin. 

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