|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1930|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2007|
Cardinal Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi CICM., Former Archbishop of the See of Kinshasa and Cardinal Priest of the Title of Santa Lucia a Piazza d'Armi, was born on December 3, 1930, in Mazalaga, within the Diocese of Lisala, Congo, later Zaïre and nowadays the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of a pagan tribal chief family, as the son of Joseph Honoré Marie Mabomba and Françoise Naanu.
Frédéric received his primary education at the Catholic Mission of Boyange, his secondary education at the Minor Seminary "Notre Dame de Grâce" in Bolongo and later at the Major Seminary of Kabwe between 1949 and 1954. After dedicating some time to silence and prayer, he decided to follow a Missionary Vocation and joined the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Fathers of Scheut, in the Novitiate of Katoka in Western Kasai, where he completed his Theological Studies. He obtained a Doctorate in Sociology from the Catholic Institute of Paris, a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology from the Lumen Vitae Institute of Brussels and underwent further studies in Letters and Sciences at the Overseas Institute of Higher Studies in Paris.
Aged 27, Etsou was ordained to the Priesthood on July 13, 1958, by Msgr. François Van den Berghe CICM., Titular Bishop of the See of Boseta and Vicar Apostolic of Lisala. After serving as Vicar in two Parishes of the Vicariate Apostolic of Leopoldville, the Saint-François de Sales at Kintambo and Saint-Pierre's at Kinshasa, he went to Europe for further studies in France and Belgium until 1968. Successively between the latter year and 1976, he served as Pastor of the Parish of Saint-Pierre in the Archdiocese of Kinshasa and Vice - Provincial of his Congregation, President of the Assembly of Superiors Major for the Province of Kinshasa, Vice - President of the Assembly of Superiors Major of Zaïre and Superior of his Congregation in Africa.
Pope Paul VI named him as Titular Archbishop of the See of Menefessi and appointed him Coadjutor, with Right of Succession, of Mbandaka-Bikoro on July 8, 1976, receiving his Episcopal Consecration on November 7, from Cardinal Joseph Malula, Archbishop of Kinshasa, assisted by Msgr. Pierre Wijnants MSC., Archbishop of Mbandaka, and by Msgr. Albert Tshomba Yungu, Bishop of Tshumbe. He succeeded to the See of Mbandaka-Bikoro on November 11, 1977. Vice - President of the Episcopal Conference of Zaïre from 1979 until 1984, Msgr. Etsou was transferred to the Metropolitan See of Kinshasa on July 7, 1990, and served as Apostolic Administrator, Ad Nutum Sanctæ Sedis, of the See of Mbandaka-Bikoro between July 7, 1990 and October 11, 1991.
At the age of 60, Pope John Paul II, created him Cardinal Priest in the Consistory of June 28, 1991, with the Title of Santa Lucia a Piazza d'Armi. On December 2, 1993, he was named Member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economics Problems of the Holy See, and was elected as President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo for a four-year term, in its 34th Plenary Assembly on July 13, 2000. Participated in the Conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI to the See of Peter.
Cardinal Etsou died on Saturday January 6, 2007, at the age of 76, in the Hospital of the University of Louvain, Belgium, where he had been hospitalized for two weeks, after receiving treatment for some months for severe diabetes. An Official Statement of the Episcopal Conference of Congo, announced on January 9, 2007, that the Cardinal was going to be buried on Monday January 15, 2007, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Notre-Dame du Congo, Lingwala, Kinshasa. The mortal remains of the Prelate arrived on Thursday, January 11 at Kinshasa's International Airport of N'djili. The body of the Cardinal was exposed in the Cathedral until the day of his burial. During this time, meetings of the prayers and testimonies were organized to pay homage to the late Prelate. On Sunday, January 14, 2007, the day before the burial, a Mass of thanksgiving was said at the Stadium of the Martyrs at 9.30 am., for the Eternal Repose of his Soul. The body of the Cardinal was buried beside his Predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Malula, the First Congolese Cardinal, who has rested in the Cathedral since 1989.
Metropolitan Cathedral Of Notre-Dame Du Congo
Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of
Plot: Beside His Predecessor, Cardinal Joseph Malula (1917 - 1989).
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jul 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27976923
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Cardinal Etsou, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son.|
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