Posted on: 2016-03-07
Source: Comms Dept, Oyo Diocese

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed one of our great ancestors in the planting of faith in Africa, Rev. Fr. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, M.Afr., Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa in Rome, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Wa.

The news was released from the Apostolic Nunciature by Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Bishop-elect Baawobr replaces Most Rev. Paul Bemile who has retired after attaining the canonical age of 75.

He was born on June 21, 1959 in Tom-Zendagangn, Ko in the Nandon District of the Wa Diocese. He had his Primary education at Tom-Zendagangn from 1965 to 1972 and continued at the St. Francis Xavier Minor Seminary at Wa from 1971 to 1977. He had his Secondary Education at Nandom Secondary School.

In 1979, he went to the St. Victor's Major Seminary at Tamale as a Diocesan Seminarian. Feeling God's call to be a Missionary, he joined the Society of Missionaries of Africa (M. Afr.) in 1981 after his Philosophical Studies.

Fr. Baawobr had his Novitiate at Freibourg, Switzerland from 1981 to 1982, studied Theology at the Missionary Institute in London from 1982 to 1987.He took his Missionary Oath on December 5, 1986 at St. Edward College, London, Uk and was ordained a Priest at Ko on July 18, 1987.

He studied Biblical Exegesis from 1991 to 1996 at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture and Doctorate Degree in Theology with specialization in Biblical Theology. He also trained in Ignatian Spirituality at Le Chateland in Lyon, France.

As a Religious, his appointments include: Assistant Parish Priest at Kinshasa, DR Congo from 1987 to 1991; Formator of the Missionaries of Africa in Kahangala, Tanzania from 1995 to 1999; Director of the Formation House of the Missionaries of Africa in Tolouse, France from 1999 to 2004.

He was the First Assistant General of the Missionaries of Africa from 2004 to 2010 and elected Superior General of the Society from 2010 to date and assumed the mantle of Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISA).

His Episcopal Ordination has been slated for May 4th, 2016 in Wa, Ghana.


               Culled from The Catholic Standard (Ghana's National Catholic Weekly), February 2016. 

                        by Social Communications Department, Oyo Diocese.