RMG - Appointed the Provincials of Equatorial Tropical Africa (ATE) and South Africa (AFM)

16 June 2017

(ANS - Rome) - In the proceedings of the General Council's Plenary Session, the Rector Major, Don Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consent of his Council, appointed two Provincials of the Vice Provinces of the Africa-Madagascar region: Fr Alphonse Owoudou, for Equatorial Tropical Africa (ATE), and Fr Joy Sebastian Thekumcherikunnel for South Africa (AFM).

Fr Owoudou was born in Ebolowa, Cameroon, on 30 April1969; he performed his novitiate in Lomé, Togo, between 1989 and 1990, and professed perpetual vows on 9 August 1997 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he was ordained priest on 11 July 1999.

He was Bursar at Port-Gentil in Gabon (1999-2003), then spent four years in Rome at the Beato Michele Rua Community of the Pontifical Salesian University (UPS) in Rome; he was then director of the "Maison Don Bosco" Post-Novitiate in Lome (2007-2015) and its Dean (2011-2015). He currently resides at the Office of the Vice Province, Yaoundé, where he holds the position of School Dean.

For the Vice Province, he was Delegate of the Youth Ministry of the Eastern Sector (2007-2010), and a member of the Formation Team (2011-2012). On 4 June 2015, he was appointed Vicar of the Vice Province.

Fr Thekumcherikunnel was born on 14 August 1958 in Chemmalamattom, Kerala, India. He performed his novitiate in Yercaud between 1976 and 1977, professed perpetual vows on 12 February 1983 in Shillong, and was ordained a priest on 1 January 1986 in his hometown.

He served first in India as a Bursar at Dimapur Provincial Center (1986-1987) and at the Don Bosco house of the same city (1987-1992); then, once in South Africa, he was Bursar (2002-2011) and Vicar (2005-2011) in Maputsoe, Lesotho; then Bursar at Walkerville, South Africa (2011-2012); and again in Maputsoe as Director (2012-2015) and parish priest (2013-2015). He is currently Director and pastor at Ennerdale, South Africa.

For the Vice Province he was also Delegate for Formation (2006-2011), and currently holds the position of Counselor and Delegate for the Missions.


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