Bishop Emery Kibal was appointed Bishop on May 6, 2015 by Pope Francis for the diocese of Kole, in the province of Kasai-Oriental, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was ordained and took possession of his diocese on August 9, 2015. He was a Passionist priest for over 18 years before becoming the fourth bishop of the diocese of Kole.

Established as an apostolic prefecture in 1951 and elevated to a diocese in 1967, the Diocese of Kole covers 25,492 square miles and has a population of over 477,000. More than 150,000 residents – about 30 percent – are Catholic, and they worship in 15 parishes. A remote area in the jungle, Kole has “no roads, no transportation, no electricity, no running water. … You have to go 40 miles away to reach a telephone,” the bishop said. “Enormous challenges are waiting for me there.” Families survive by subsistence farming and basic education is available mainly for young men, as young women are prepared only to become wives and mothers.

The theme for the mission is Bishop Emery’s episcopal motto: “Fiat Voluntas Tua” (“Thy will be done”). 

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MON., MAR 27 12:10 PM CHURCH / MASS & MISSION 

7:00 PM PARISH CENTER / MISSION 

TUES., MAR 28 12:10 PM CHURCH / MASS & MISSION 

7:00 PM PARISH CENTER / MISSION 

WED., MAR 29 12:10 PM CHURCH / MASS & MISSION 

7:00 PM PARISH CENTER / MISSION

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