Pope Francis Appoints David Ajang Bishop of Lafia, Nigeria

The Holy Father  Pope Francis , on March 31, 2021, appointed as bishop of the Diocese of Lafia, Nigeria, the Reverend David Ajang, until now parish priest of the Immaculate Conception parish and Dean of Zaramaganda.

Msgr. David Ajang was born on 31 March 1970 in Zaria, in the diocese of the same name. After his primary and middle school education, he attended the Saint John Vianney Minor Seminary in Barkin Ladi (1982-1987). As a seminarian of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos, he carried out his studies in philosophy at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Makurdi (1987-1990), and in theology at Saint Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos (1990-1994).

He was ordained a priest on 3 December 1994 and incardinated in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos. He was subsequently awarded a licentiate in philosophy from the Pontifical Urban University of Rome (2002-2004) and a doctorate from the University of Jos.

After priestly ordination he held the following offices: Parish Vicar of Saint James in Gombe (1994-1995); parish priest of Saint Molumba in Nasarawa Eggon, vocational director of the metropolitan archdiocese of Jos; parish vicar of Saint Theresa in Jos (1998-1999); parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Zaramaganda and youth chaplain of the Metropolitan archdiocese of Jos (1999-2001); administrator of the Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral (2001-2002), and formator at Saint Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos (2004-2012); Parish priest of the Uganda Martyrs Parish and dean in Kuru. Since 2012 he has served as member of the college of consultors of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos; since 2015, chaplain of the governor of the State of Plateau, and since 2018, parish priest of the Immaculate Conception Parish and Dean of Zaramaganda.

(SOURCE: VATICAN NEWS SERVICE)

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