Capuchin Father Jean-Bertin Nadonye Ndongo has been named bishop of Lolo, Democratic Republic of Congo.
He was born in Botuzu, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1965, gave his perpetual vows in 1992, and was ordained a priest in 1993. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Catholic University of Kinshasa and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including vice-minister and subsequently provincial minister of the Capuchin Friars in the Democratic Republic of Congo and president of the Conference of Capuchin Friars of Central and Western Africa (CONCAO); and president of the Assembly of Major Superiors.
He is currently definitor general of the Capuchin Friars Minor, Rome.
He succeeds Bishop Ferdinand Maemba Liwoke, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
The Diocese of Lolo has some 195,000 Catholics in a population of 220,000, served by about two dozen priests and the same number of religious.