Gathered since 15th March 2017 at the Benedictine Monastery of Mambr in Kinshasa for their very first Vice Provincial Chapter, the eleven Capitulars of the Vice Province of St Pius V, D. R. Congo elected fr Bienvenu Nsekoko Bongo, as their new Vice Provincial for the next four years. The election was confirmed by the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cador, and fr Bienvenu accepted his election.
Fr Bienvenu Nsekoko was born in 1974. He made his profession in the Order in 1997. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He is presently the parish priest of St Dominics parish, Limete, Kinshasa. Fr Bienvenu was also the Socius of fr Justin Adriko when he was the Vicar General, and then the first Vice Provincial when the Vicariate General of St Pius V became a Vice Province on 31st May 2016.
After the serious road accident of fr Justin on 5th June 2016, which left him with two broken legs, fr Bruno appointed fr Bienvenu Nsekoko as the Vicar of the Vice Province for three months. This was renewed in September. To give him more time to receive the necessary medical treatment, on 2nd December 2016, fr Justin presented his resignation as the Vice Provincial to the Master of the Order in accordance with LCO 348, IV. Fr Bruno accepted the resignation and fr Bienvenu became the Vicar of the Vice Province. In that capacity, he convoked the Vice Provincial Chapter.
In response to the request of the Council of the Vice Province and in accordance with the recommendation of the General Chapter of Bologna, fr Bruno delegated frs Gabriel Samba and Cletus Nwabuzo (former Socius for Africa) to assist the brothers in the celebration of their first Vice Provincial Chapter.
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(21 March 2017)