Pope Francis Appoints Rector of St. Paul Major Seminary in Benin Bishop of Lokossa Diocese

Mons. Coffi Roger Anoumou, appointed Bishop of Benin's Lokossa Diocese on 4 March 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Coffi Roger Anoumou who has been serving as the Rector of St. Paul Major Seminary, Djimè, in Benin as the Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Lokossa in the West African nation.

In the latest administrative changes published by the Holy See Press Office Saturday, March 4, the Holy Father accepted the retirement of Bishop Victor Agbanou.

Bishop Agbanou who turned 77 on 23 December 2022 has been at the helm of the Beninese Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in November 2000.

Mons. Anoumou is a member of the Clergy of Benin’s Lokossa Diocese where he was born in July 1972. 

Since his Priestly Ordination in December 2003, he served in various positions including formator and professor of English and Philosophy at Parakou Seminary; and Curate of St. Kisito in Nima, in the Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana.


He also served as Parish Priest of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Lanta, in the Diocese of Lokossa and since 2021, he has been serving as Rector of St. Paul Major Seminary and Chaplain of Bohicon Technical High School.

The Bishop-elect holds a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from Rome-based Pontifical Salesian University.

he is expected to serve as the second Bishop of the Beninese Diocese that was erected in March 1968; it is part of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cotonou and has a population of 177,315 Catholics, according to 2019 statistics.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.