He recently completed his “Desert Year” as required by the Secular Institute of Notre-Dame de Vie. He was in Venasque, France for the spiritual experience (2019-2020).
Erected in December 2001 as the Apostolic Prefecture of Mongo from part of the Archdiocese of N'Djamena and part of the Diocese of Sarh, the Vicariate was elevated to its current status by Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI in June 2009.
The Apostolic Vicariate has an estimated population of 5,750 Catholics spread across an area of 540,000 square kilometers, according to 2018 statistics.
The Vicariate’s Cathedral, which was consecrated to St. Ignatius of Loyola in December 2013, is located at the foot of a mountain, in a region that has a 94 percent Muslim population.
“The frescoes that adorn the interior walls depict the major Biblical events from Genesis to Revelation,” Fr. Clément Marie Bonou of the Franciscans of Mary Immaculate was quoted as saying in a 2013 report published by Agenzia Fides.
The 600-seater Cathedral has some images that recall the life of the local Church, in particular, "the witness of Christians during the years of war in Chad, in this area known to be a stronghold of the rebels," Fr. Bonou added in the December 2013 report.
The Christians, the Cleric further noted, were such an “intense witness” of the 2005-2010 Chad Civil War that the Emeritus Vicar Apostolic, Bishop Coudrey, termed them "the acts of the apostles of Mongo."
For Bishop Coudrey, the Cathedral was an “expression of the testimony of faith of the local Christians, who make up a house of ‘living stones.’"
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