In his role as AJ’s Pontifical Commissary, Fr. Wokorach had been mandated by the Holy See to oversee the process of internal reforms and re-organization of the life of the members and of 51-year-old Institute founded by two Comboni Missionary clerics, Bishop Sixtus Mazzoldi and Fr. John Marengoni in Moroto, Uganda for the purpose of evangelizing Africa and the world.
In their 24 April 2020 co-signed letter, Fr. Wokorach and the Secretary to the Pontifical Commissariat, Sr. Eugenia Campara, clarified that the decree by CICLSAL was not meant “to close or suspend” the Kenya-based Religious Order but to begin a process of its rehabilitation and reform.
In Uganda’s Nebbi Diocese, which is under the patronage of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bishop-elect Wokorach will be expected to oversee the pastoral care of an estimated 528,178 Catholics spread across 5,098 square kilometers, according to 2018 statistics.
Erected as a Diocese in February 1996, the Ugandan Diocese is under the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Gulu.
Meanwhile, the Holy Father has appointed Fr. David Ajang as the new Bishop of Nigeria’s Lafia Diocese, which has been vacant since the January 2020 appointment of Bishop Matthew Ishaya Audu as the Archbishop of the country’s Jos Archdiocese.
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Born in Nigeria’s Zaria Diocese in March 1970, Fr. Ajang was ordained a Priest in December 1994 and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Jos.
After ordination, the Nigerian-born Bishop-elect held various positions among them as Parish Vicar, Vocations Director of Archdiocese of Jos, Youth Chaplain of the same Archdiocese; Administrator of the Our Lady of Fatima Cathedra, Jos; and as formator at Saint Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos.
Since 2012, the Bishop-elect has served as member of the college of consultors of the Archdiocese of Jos; Chaplain of the Governor of the State of Plateau since 2015; Parish Priest of the Immaculate Conception Parish and Dean of Zaramaganda in Jos since 2018.
“He's a very dedicated and caring priest; he has been a lecturer in Unijos (Federal University of Jos) and holds many other posts," Sr. Bernadette Eyewan Okure, the Community Leader of Jos Communities of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) said after learning of Fr. Ajang’s appointment.
In a March 31 Facebook post, the leadership of the Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria (CBCN) congratulated Fr. Ajang and wished him “more wisdom and knowledge” in all his endeavors.
Erected in December 2000, Lafia Diocese has an estimated 265,561 Catholic population spread across 28,500 square kilometers, according to 2018 statistics.
The Nigerian Diocese, which is under the patronage of St. William, falls under the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Abuja.