Pope Francis appoints Rev. Fr. Andrew Fuanya Nkea Coadjutor Bishop for Mamfe Diocese.

July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkea The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed the Very Rev. Father Andrew Fuanya Nkea, Priest of the Diocese of Buea, as the Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Mamfe. This appointment was made public on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 12 noon local time at the Vatican City in Rome. Rev. Fr. Andrew is presently Registrar of the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CATUC).

The Very Rev. Father Andrew Fuanya Nkea, the Coadjutor Bishop Elect of the Diocese of Mamfe was born on August 29, 1965 in Widikum, Widikum Subdivision in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. His father, Vincent Ivo Nkea, and mother, Caroline NanyiLekunze, are from Fontem in Lebialem Division in the Diocese of Mamfe.

His father, a polygamist, now of late, was a Catholic and his mother, the first of two wives, who is still alive, is a Presbyterian. He has one brother, three sisters, and three step brothers and three step sisters. He was baptised on August 31, 1974 in St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish, Kumbo by Father John Kolkman, received the First Holy Communion on September 1, 1974 and Confirmation on June 10, 1981 from the hands of the Rt. Rev. Pius Suh Awa, Bishop (now Emeritus) of Buea. He did his primary school education in St. Theresa’s School, Kumbo (1970-1975) and in Government Primary School Down Beach, Victoria (1975-1977). His Secondary School education was in Christ the King College, Tiko (1977-1981) and High School in Bishop Rogan College Junior Seminary, Soppo-Buea (1981-1983).

After teaching in Christ the King’s College, Tiko (1984-1985) he was then admitted to St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, Bamenda, where he did his Priestly Formation (1985-1992), obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (B.Phil.) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (B.D.). He was ordained Priest on April 22, 1992 by His Lordship, Bishop Pius Suh Awa for the Diocese of Buea.

In 1999 he was sent to Rome for further studies in the Pontifical Urban University where he specialised in Canon Law, from 1999-2003, obtaining a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Canon Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Ecclesiastical Jurisprudence.

He has served the Church in several capacities: pastoral, administrative and academic. He was Assistant Parish Priest in St. John Bosco Parish, Mbonge (1992-1994), Parish Priest of St. Luke’s Parish, Nyandong (1994-1995), Diocesan Chancellor and Bishop’s Secretary (1995-1999 and 2003-2007), Member of the Diocesan College of Consultors and Presbyteral Council (2003-2007), Lecturer of Canon Law at the John Paul II Institute of Theology, Buea (2007-2010), Professor of Canon Law and Dean of the Department of Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui (2008-2010), Defender of the Bond at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of First Instance of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda (2007-2011) and since 2010 he is the Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal of First Instance of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda.

In 2007 he was appointed a Member of the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon and since 2008 he has been a member of the Formation Team of St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui. Since 2009 he has been Secretary General of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC). In 2010 he was appointed the First Registrar of the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CATUC),a post which he still holds till today. In 2011 he was elected the first President of the Association of Canon Law in Cameroon.

The Very Reverend Father Andrew Nkea has published a number of books and articles, among which are: The Philosophical Analysis of theNweh Concept of Personal Names (1988), The Nweh Funeral Traditions (1992),UtCognoscantTe: The Life of Bishop Pius S. Awa on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of His Episcopal Ordination (1996), The Role of Private Associations in the Church (2001), Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church (2007), etc.

The Coadjutor Bishop Elect of Mamfe, Mgr. Andrew Nkea speaks quite a good number of languages: English, French, Italian, Pidgin English, Lamnso and Nweh, his native tongue. His hobbies include: reading and writing, research on African Traditional Religions and codifying of Customary Laws, traveling, music and sports.

The appointment of Mgr. Andrew Fuanya NKEA as the Coadjutor Bishop of Mamfe during this Year of Faith is a wonderful gift of the Eternal High Priest and Good Shepherd to the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda in particular and to the Church in Cameroon in general. I would like, on behalf of the Clergy, Religious and Christ’s Lay Faithful of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province,to heartily congratulate Mgr. Andrew Nkea, Bishop Francis TekeLysinge and the entire Christian population of the Diocese of Mamfe on this propitious occasion. We want to assure them of our prayers and solidarity through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of Evangelization.

+Cornelius Fontem ESUA

Archbishop of Bamenda and President of

The Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference.

Source: L’Effort Camerounais

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