Seminary Rector Appointed Bishop of Rwanda’s Cyangugu Diocese

The Bishop-elect of Rwanda's Cyangugu Diocese, Msgr. Edouard Sinayobye

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Edouard Sinayobye who has been serving as Rector of the preparatory Seminary of Nyumba in Rwanda’s Butare Diocese as the Bishop of Cyangugu Diocese in the country located in the Great Rift Valley.

The appointment of Msgr. Sinayobye was announced Saturday, February 6 and published by the Holy See Press Office.

The Rwandan Diocese of Cyangugu became vacant in March 2018 when the then Bishop Jean Damascène Bimenyimana succumbed to cancer at the age of 64. Bishop Bimenyimana had been at the helm of the Diocese for 21 years.

Born in April 1966, the Bishop-elect was ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Butare in August 2000.

The holder of a Doctorate in Spiritual Theology has served in various positions including Parish Vicar of Our Lady of Wisdom Cathedral of Butare Diocese, Director of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, member of the Diocesan Finance Commission, Director of Caritas Butare, and Diocesan Bursar.


The Bishop-elect has also been teaching Spiritual Theology at the Major Seminary of Nyakibanda and at the Catholic University of Butare.

At the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Rwanda, Msgr. Sinayobye has been serving as the Secretary of the Commission for Vocations, and as a member of the National Committee for Eucharistic Congresses.

He is the author of the book, Les apparitions de la Mère du Verbe à Kibeho, which recounts the 1980s apparition of Our Lady in Kibeho in Rwanda’s Gikongoro Diocese.

His other works include: In the heart of the night, the light: Giving one's life, a fragile wonder (2020, French); Our Lady of Kibeho: A wake-up call for our time (2019, German); and I am the mother of the verb: Our lady of Kibeho, awakening for our times (2015, Italian).

In a message posted on the Facebook page of Cyangugu Diocese, the news of the appointment of the new Bishop is received with gratitude to God and Bishop Celestin Hakizimana is thanked for his “love and such a wonderful service as Apostolic Administrator.” 

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Erected on 5 November 1981, the Diocese of Cyangugu has 299,020 Catholics spread across 1,125 square kilometers, according to 2018 statistics.

The Diocese, which is under the Ecclesiastical Province of Kigali, is under the patronage of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.