Pope Francis appoints Rev. Fr. Eibu new Bishop of Kotido Diocese

The newly appointed Bishop of Kotido Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dominic Eibu (PHOTO/Courtesy).

The newly appointed Bishop of Kotido Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dominic Eibu (PHOTO/Courtesy).

KOTIDO — Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Dominic Eibu as the new Bishop of Kotido Diocese.

He replaces Rt. Rev. Giuseppe Filippi, who has reached the canonical age limit.

The Holly Father has since nominated Bishop Filippi as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kotido until the day of the canonical possession of the new Bishop.

In October 25 letter, Luigi Bianco, the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, made the announcement.

“The Apostolic Nunciature in Uganda has the pleasure to announce that on 25th October 2022 the Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Kotido the Rev. Fr. Dominic Eibu, M.C.C.J., and has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the same Diocese presented by the Rt. Rev. Giuseppe Filippi, M.C.C.J., upon reaching the canonical age limit,” he wrote, adding

“The Apostolic Nunciature desires to congratulate the new Bishop Rt. Rev. Dominic Eibu, M.C.C.J. and to invoke abundant blessings upon his pastoral ministry. Many thanks to Rt. Rev. Giuseppe Filippi, M.C.C.J. for his generous service as Bishop of Kotido from 2009”.

The development was also confirmed by the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the assembly of catholic bishops in Uganda.

Rev. Fr Eibu, a Combonian Missionary of the Heart of Jesus, was born on April 30, 1970 in Lwala, Soroti Catholic Diocese, Uganda.

After the studies at Moroto High School, he joined the minor seminary of Apostles of Jesus Seminary in Moroto in 1993.

In 1996, he obtained a diploma in Philosophical and Religious Studies from Queen of Apostles Philosophical Centre in Jinja before receiving a baccalaureate in Philosophy from Pontifical Urban University in Georgia.

Fr. Eibu also obtained
a baccalaureate in Theology from the same European university in 2002.

In 2005, he obtained a licentiate in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic Studies and Islamology with the Thesis on Religious Freedom in Islam.

Between 2005-2016 served as the director of Comboni Primary School, Khartoum.

He was also the Vice provincial superior of Comboni Province of Khartoum veteran 2008-2013.

The newly appointed Bishop was also a member of the College of Consultors in Khartoum Archdiocese between 2013-2016 and Secretary of the Council of Priests in Khartoum Archdiocese in the same period.

He was the Director of Sacred Heart Church School, Sakakini, Cairo between 2017-2018 and a Member of the Education Committee of the UNHCR (Education Working Group) between 2017- 2020.

He speaks up to four international and seven local languages including English, Italian, Arabic and French.

The local languages are; Kumam, Ateso, Lango, Acholi, Ngakarimojong, Luganda and Kiswahili.

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