Fr. Bruno Ateba nominated Bishop of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon
Pope Francis, with the letter dated 3 April 2014, has nominated Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo SAC, Regional Rector of the Most Holy Trinity Region of Cameroon and Nigeria, Bishop of the diocese of Maroua- Mokolo, Cameroon.
Fr. Bruno Ateba was born in 1964 at Zoetele, Cameroon, made his first consecration in 1989 and was ordained priest in 1995. After his studies in Pastoral Theology in our Hochschule in Vallendar, Germany, he was appointed Rector of the Basilica of Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, Yaounde.
The new Region of the Most Holy Trinity was erected by the General Council on 5 November 2008 and Fr. Bruno was elected the first Regional Rector of this Region. Currently he has been exercising his office as Regional Rector for a second term.
The year 2014 is particularly significant for the Pallottines in Cameroon since we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Bishop Heinrich Vieter, founder of the Pallottine mission in Cameroon, about 125 years of the foundation of the Catholic Church in this country by the Pallottines and 50 years of the return of the German Pallottines to Cameroon. We celebrate also the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the second Pallottine Bishop in Cameroon, Msgr Franz Henemann. Hence the appointment of Fr. Bruno Ateba as Bishop in Cameroon can be considered as a very special gift of the Holy Father to the Society and the entire Pallottine Family on this occasion. We remain deeply grateful to the Holy Father and wish Fr. Bruno Ateba abundant blessings of God.
Maroua-Mokolo1We are aware that the responsibility of Fr. Bruno Ateba will be very challenging just as we have got the news that two priests from Italy and one religious sister from Canada have been kidnapped today from the very diocese of Marous-Mokolo. We pray for their safe return.
May Mary, Queen of Apostles, Patroness of Cameroon as well as the Union of Catholic Apostolate and our holy Founder, St. Vincent Pallotti accompany and guide him in the exercise of his ministry as Bishop. We extend our hearty congratulations and prayerful good wishes to our dear confrere, Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo.
The diocese of Maroua-Mokolo was established in 1973, and belongs to the ecclesiastical archdiocese of Garoua. It has a total surface area of 14.332 kmsq with a population of around 2.000.000 habitants. Out of these, 70.000 are Catholics. Maroua-Mokolo diocese boasts of 43 Parishes served by 66 priests of whom 37 are diocesan and 29 are religious. The diocese also has 10 permanent deacons, 29 religious brothers, 105 religious sisters and 27 seminarians.
Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC ( Rector General )