A ruler, a benefactor and a spiritual father, memories of Bishop Willy Ngumbi


Pope Francis appointed Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngengele as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Goma in North Kivu Province.

Prior to his appointment, he had served since 2007 as Bishop of Kindu in Maniema Province. This is how the faithful Catholics and non-believers in this part of the country keep good memories of him.

Mademoiselle Berthe Amuri Mbutu, speaks of a humble and tolerant spiritual father: “Willy Ngumbi worked a lot on the life of the church and that in good father … here in Kindu, he gathered the Christians coming from different tendencies, he knew how to listen to everyone and he created a good harmony within the church, “she says.

A member of the Charismatic Renewal and Marian Devotion group, Berthe Amuri recalls Bishop Willy Ngumbi exhorting people about love, forgiveness and prayer: “We learned a lot from his behavior, his humility and his wisdom … and we would like to move forward with him. But as he has to go to evangelize elsewhere, I wish him a good continuation, that he keeps this momentum wherever he goes. “

For his part, Lambert Selemani praises the exceptional courage of Bishop Willy Ngumbi in his ministry: “He was the first to go around all the 19 parishes in the diocese of Kindu … he took the risk of moving a everywhere for activities and especially those organized by young people.

Faithful Catholic, Mr. Lambert recalls the famous phrase that often returned in the sermon of Bishop Willy Ngumbi: “Vijana ni nguzo Kanisa (young people are the pillars of the church in Swahili)”.

Bishop Ngumbi did not serve only the faithful Catholics. “Every Thursday from 8:00 to 10:00, Bishop Willy Ngumbi received the needy and he could help solve the problem of each according to his abilities and means without regard to religion … I saw him pay academic fees for several students” says Stanis Mutumbayulu, a Protestant Christian.


54-year-old Willy Ngumbi Ngengele is from the Congregation of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers).

He succeeds the head of the diocese of Goma to Theophilus Kaboy Ruboneka, 78, whose pope accepted the resignation for canonical age limit. In accordance with canon law, the bishops present their resignation to the pope at 75 years. Born on February 13, 1965 in Ngagara (Bujumbura), Msgr. Willy Ngumbi Ngengele was sent mainly to Niger.

After five years in this country he was appointed trainer in Bobo Dioulasso for young candidates for missionary commitment after studying spirituality among the Jesuits of Châtelard, near Lyon.

Ngumbi is very familiar with the diocese of Goma. In 1993, he was ordained priest by Bishop Faustin Ngabu.

At the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Bishop Ngumbi chairs the Episcopal Commission for the Apostolate of the Laity. In the Holy See, he is known for his penchant for youth questions.


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