Pioneer Catholic Bishop of New Diocese in Chad Urged to “be attentive to all”

Archbishop Goetbé Edmond Djitangar during the November 11 Episcopal Ordination. Credit: Cloche TV Chad

The Archbishop of Chad’s N’Djamena Archdiocese has urged the pioneer Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Koumra to be “attentive to all” people of God in his care.

In his homily during the Episcopal Ordination of Mons. Samuel Mbairabé Tibingar on Sunday, November 12, Archbishop Goetbé Edmond Djitangar invited the new Bishop to “make sure that wolves do not devour the sheep of God or that the stronger sheep do not kill the weaker.”

“A Bishop is first and foremost a baptized Christian. A brother in faith in whom the Lord entrusts his sheep to his care,” Archbishop Djitangar said.

He added, “The Sheep must know the voice of the shepherd. Listen to him, feel secure in his presence and love him.”

Credit: Cloche TV Chad


“In return, the pastor must be attentive all but most especially the Sheep that needs his care. He must feel the smell of the sheep,” the Local Ordinary of N’Djamena said.

According to the principal consecrator during the Episcoapal ordination, “Bishop Mbairabé is a gift from God to the Church in Koumra Diocese and the Universal Church.” 

The Archbishop urged the new Bishop to, therefore, be an “example of service like the Master Jesus Christ.”

“Work in collaboration with your Priests, religious men and women and the laity for the Bishop is the symbol of communion in the Diocese,” the 71-year-old Catholic Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in February 1992 as Local Ordinary of Chad’s Sarh Diocese said.

He continued, “The mission entrusted to you is that of reconciliation. Unite our fellow brothers and sisters constantly in conflict.”

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The Local Ordinary of N’Djaména Archdiocese who also serves as the President of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET encouraged the new Bishop not be afraid to preach the Gospel of peace, saying, “The Lord who has called you, will give you wisdom and strength to carry out your mission.”

On August 12, Pope Francis erected the Catholic Diocese of Koumra as a new Episcopal See in Chad and appointed Bishop Mbairabé as its pioneer Bishop.

The Chadian Bishop, who was born in July 1972 in Sarh was ordained a Priest for N’Djaména Archdiocese in November 2005 after completing his theological and philosophical studies at St. Luke de Bakara Interdiocesan Major Seminary in N’Djaména.

He is to oversee the newly erected Diocese with St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus Church as the Cathedral.

The newly erected Diocese that is a suffragan of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of N’Djaména coincides with the civil province of Mandoul, of which Koumra is its principal city.


Koumra  Diocese measures 17,330 square kilometers and has a population of 900,000 of which 124,083 are Catholics representing 4.86 percent of the total population, according to 2023 statistics.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.