Pope Francis appoints Fr. Moses Hamungole new bishop of Monze

Moses Hamungole copieBy Masuzyo Chakwe, The Post Neswpaper, Zambia, Mon 10 Feb. 2014
POPE Francis has appointed Fr. Moses Hamungole as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Monze. Zambia Episcopal Conference spokesperson Father Paul Samasumo said yesterday that the bishop-elect was a Diocesan priest of Lusaka Archdiocese.
Fr Samasumo said until his appointment, Fr Hamungole had been working as the director of English service Africa and Kiswahili radio programmes at the Vatican Radio in Rome, Italy. He said the current Bishop of Monze, Right Rev Emilio Patriarca, would continue in his role until Fr Hamungole was ordained on a date to be announced. Fr Samasumo said Fr Hamungole was born on May 1, 1967 in Kafue.
The Post Online“He started his junior secondary school at Kafue Boys but completed his senior secondary school education, in 1986, at Mukasa Minor Seminary School in Choma. In 1987, he was accepted to study philosophy and started his priestly studies at St Augustine’s Major Seminary in Mpima, Kabwe. Later, in 1990, he proceeded to St Dominic’s Major Seminary in Lusaka for pastoral and theological studies. He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1994,” he said. “After his ordination as a priest on 6 August ,1994, Fr Hamungole worked as an assistant parish priest in Lusaka and Kabwe before being appointed to the then Yatsani TV Production studios (now CMS-TV Production studios) as studio manager, in 1997. Two years later, he proceeded to study at the Gregorian University in Rome where, in 2002, he graduated with a Licentiate in Social Science.”
Fr Samasumo said Fr Hamungole had also worked at AMECEA secretariat as secretary of social communications in Nairobi, Kenya between 2002 and 2009.
“During this time, he was also president of SIGNIS Africa. (SIGNIS is the world association of Catholic communicators). While working at the Vatican Radio, Fr. Hamungole has also been studying as a doctoral student of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium,” said Fr Samasumo.

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