RMG - Appointment of new Provincial of Vice Province "Africa Great Lakes" (AGL)

25 June 2018

(ANS - Rome) - During the summer session of the General Council, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, with the consensus of the other Councilors, appointed Fr Pierre-Célestin Ngoboka as Provincial of the Salesian Vice Province "Africa Great Lakes" ( AGL) for the six-year period, 2018-2024.

The future Provincial of AGL was born on July 14, 1974, in Nyabikenke, in the territory of the parish of Kanyanza, diocese of Kabgayi, in Rwanda. From 1996 to 1998 he studied Philosophy at the Major Seminary "St. Charles" of Nyakibanda, did his novitiate in the capital of his country, Kigali, between 2000 and 2001, and made his first vows on August 16, 2001.

After completing his internship at Butare (2000-2001), also in Rwanda, he made his perpetual profession in Rome on April 24, 2006, and was ordained priest on July 21, 2007, in the parish where he grew up in Kanyanza.

At the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome he undertook philosophical studies (2003-2010) and, once back in Rwanda, he took over the leadership of the Kabgayi post-novitiate community (from 2010 until today).

Fr Ngoboka, who received his PhD in Philosophy in 2016, has also been Vicar of the Vice Province since 2013.

In the statement in which he announced his appointment, Fr Camiel Swertvagher, current AGL Provincial, invited all the Salesians of the Vice Province to pray for Fr Ngoboka and announced the planned date for his taking office on August 15th. 


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