Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli, MCCJ

Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli, MCCJ

Rt. Rev. Joseph Franzelli, MCCJ, was born in Roccafranca, Brescia Diocese, in Northern Italy on 9th April 1942.

He made his final vows as a Comboni Missionary on 9th September 1966, and was ordained a priest on 11th March 1967. He taught at the Pastoral Institute of Kitgum, Uganda (1972-73) and in Lacor Seminary, Gulu (1974-75).

From 1975 to 1982 he was the Rector of Kitgum Pastoral Institute. He then worked in Patongo, where he was Parish Priest up to 1987. Back to Italy, he served seven years as Master of Postulants in Florence and two years as Vice-Provincial in Bologna. From 1996 he directed the Comboni Year of Ongoing Formation, commuting between Mexico and South Africa, and helping in various administrative tasks in Rome until he was elected as the third Bishop of Lira. He was ordained in Lira on 9th July 2005.

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