Parish Priest of St. Hilaire Cathedral of Franceville Diocese in Gabon Appointed Bishop

Mons. Ephrem Ndjoni, appointed Bishop of Gabon's Franceville Diocese on 25 July 2022. Credit: Franceville Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Ephrem Ndjoni who has been serving as Parish Priest of St. Hilaire Cathedral of Franceville Diocese in Gabon as the Bishop of the same Diocese.

The appointment of Mons. Ndjoni as Bishop of the Gabonese Catholic Diocese was published by the Holy See Press office on Monday, July 25.

The Catholic Diocese of Franceville has been vacant since April 2020 when Bishop Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba who had been at the helm of the Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in January 2018 was transferred to Libreville Archdiocese.

Born in February 1973 in the same Diocese, the Bishop-elect was ordained a Priest in July 2003 after he had completed his Priestly studies at St. Augustin’s Major Seminary, and Blessed Daniel Brottier Seminary of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans). He also studied modern letters at Omar Bongo University of Libreville.

Since he was ordained a Priest, the member of the Clergy of Franceville Diocese furthered his studies various institutions, first at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, later obtaining a licentiate at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem; he obtained a doctorate in biblical theology from the Rome-based Pontifical Urbaniana University.


Mons. Ndjoni has served as a lecturer of sacred scripture at St. Augustine Major Seminary of Libreville.

At the national level, the Bishop-elect served as Coordinator of the National Biblical Apostolate and member of the Commission of the Doctrine of the Faith of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon.

He also served as a representative of the Catholic Church in the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE).

Once ordained Bishop, Mons. Ndjoni is expected to oversee Franceville Diocese that has a population of 104,000 Catholics, according to 2019 statistics

The 61,927 square-kilometer Catholic Diocese that was erected in October 1974 is part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Libreville.

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.