Missionary Named Bishop of Wewak, Papua New Guinea

And Cardinal Arinze’s Secretary Named Auxiliary in Nigeria

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Fr. Jozef Roszynski, S.V.D., has been named bishop of Wewak, Papua New Guinea, where he has been serving as a missionary.

Jozef Roszynski was born in Poland in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1989.

He studied at the Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea, and has served in a number of pastoral roles, including parish priest in parishes in Warabung, Wirui and Wewak; member of the provincial council of the Verbites in Papua New Guinea; superior of the Verbites in the district of Wewak; member of commissions created by the apostolic administrator for the management of finances and for the pastoral care of the vacant diocese.

The Diocese of Wewak has a population of some 367,000, with 224,000 Catholics. They are served by about 40 priests and 90 religious.


Father Denis Chidi Isizoh has been named auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Onitsha in southern Nigeria.

He will assist 61-year-old Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke.

Denis Isizoh was born in Ogbunike, Nigeria, in 1956 and was ordained a priest in 1985. He studied Holy Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, and studied for a doctorate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and has served as a formator at the All Hallows minor seminary of Onitsha and chaplain of various institutes and schools.

He is currently secretary and assistant to Cardinal Francis Arinze and official at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Cardinal Arinze was the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments from 2002-2008.

The Archdiocese of Onitsha has a population of some 2.64 million with 1.76 million Catholics. They are served by around 335 priests and 730 religious.

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