Bishop-Elect for Angolan Diocese Says Episcopal Appointment a Humbling Experience

Mons. Martín Lasarte Topolansky, a native of Uruguay and member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) appointed Bishop for Lwena Diocese in Angola. Credit: Agenzia iNfo Salesiana

Mons. Martín Lasarte Topolansky has described his Episcopal appointment for Lwena Diocese in Angola that was made public on July 1 as a humbling experience.

The Uruguayan-born member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who was speaking to Radio Ecclesia Angola said, “I feel very small, but as Our Lady said, I am the handmaid of the Lord, may the Lord make my life an instrument” of His service.

“Despite being small, very small, I am available for the very large ministry of the successors of the apostles,” Mons. Lasarte said during the July 1 interview.

He went on to highlight his humbling experience saying, “Small in the immense Diocese Lwena that am called shepherd, small with the cultural richness that extends from the Tchkwe, Luvale peoples, small in the face of the many pastoral challenges that we are going to encounter, small also like my predecessor who did so much.”

“We will do what the Lord inspires us,” Mons. Lasarte said, and making reference to members of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST), added, “We will do our best, to contribute, to work together for this beautiful Church of Angola.”


He went on to appeal, “I ask for your prayers so that I can be faithful, strong, be a good shepherd for these people who deserve to be accompanied, and guided on ways of God.”

Born in October 1962 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Mons. Lasarte was ordained a Salesian Priest in August 1991.

When ordained a Bishop, Mons. Lasarte is to serve as the fifth Local Ordinary of the Angolan Diocese that was erected in May 1979. 

It is part of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saurimo and has a population of 130,000 Catholics, according to 2021 statistics.

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