Parish Priest of St. Odilia Cathedral of Bondoukou Diocese in Ivory Coast Appointed Bishop

Fr. Alain Clément Amiezi, appointed Bishop of Odienné Diocese in Ivory Coast on 30 June 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis has appointed the Parish Priest of St. Odilia Cathedral of Bondoukou Diocese, Fr. Alain Clément Amiezi, Bishop of Odienné Diocese in Ivory Coast.

The appointment of Fr. Amiezi as Bishop of the Ivorian Catholic Diocese was published by the Holy See Press office on Thursday, June 30.

The Catholic Diocese of Odienné has been vacant since May 2019 when Bishop Antoine Koné who had been at the helm of the Ivorian Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in August 2009 passed on.

Born in 1970 in Ivory Coast’s Bondoukou Diocese, Fr. Amiezi was ordained a Priest in May 1999 after he had completed his formation program in Philosophy and Theology with the Society of African Missions (SMA) at Ebimpé in Abidjan Archdiocese and at the Sacred Heart of Mary Major Seminary in Anyama respectively.

Since he was ordained a Priest, the member of the Clergy of Bondoukou Diocese has served in his native Diocese, initially as Assistant Parish Priest of the Cathedral St. Odilia Cathedral and later, until his appointment as Bishop, as Parish Priest.


He also served as Vocations Director and Diocesan head of communications for his Diocese of Bondoukou.

At the national level, the Bishop-elect served as the Executive Secretary of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Ivorian Episcopal Conference.

The alumnus of the Pontifical Urban University of Rome where he obtained doctorate in Dogmatic Theology has also served as resident professor in dogmatic theology at the Major Seminary of Anyama.

The author of the book, “Baptême et engagement prophétique pour une Église adulte en Afrique” (Baptism and prophetic commitment for an adult Church in Africa) served as a visiting lecturer at the Catholic University of West Africa and also offered lectures at the Institute of Theology of the Society of Jesus, as well as the Catholic Missionary Institute of Abidjan.

Once ordained Bishop, Fr. Amiezi is expected to oversee the Ivorian Diocese that has a population of 13,500 Catholics, according to 2019 statistics

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The 51,220 square-kilometer Catholic Diocese that was erected in December 1994 is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Korhogo.

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