Members and substitutes confirmed for the Synod of Bishops meeting

Pope FrancisPope Francis has confirmed more members and substitutes for the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , which will take place from October 4-25, 2015, under the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

The following is a list of the members and substitutes appointed by the competent entities and ratified by the Holy Father on 17 March.

A) Episcopal Conferences


Member: Bishop Jean-Paul Vesco, O.P., of Oran, Algeria

Substitute: Archbishop Santiago Agrelo Martinez, O.F.M., of Tangier, Morocco


Members: Archbishop Stephen Brislin, of Cape Town, Kaapstad, president of the Episcopal Conference, South Africa

Bishop Zolile Peter Mpambani, S.C.I., of Kokstad, South Africa

Substitutes: Bishop Dabula Anton Mpako of Queenstown, South Africa

Bishop Jan De Groef, M. Afr., of Bethlehem, South Africa


Member: Bishop Joseph Sama of Nouna, Burkina Faso

Substitute: Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey, Niger


Member: Bishop Henri Coudray, S.J., apostolic vicar of Mongo

Substitute: Bishop Joachim Kouraleyo Tarounga of Moundou

CONGO (Democratic Republic)

Members: Bishop Nicolas Djomo Lola of Tshumbe, president of the Episcopal Conference

Bishop Philibert Tembo Nlandu, C.I.C.M., of Budjala

Substitute: Bishop Joseph Banga Bane of Buta


Member: Archbishop Vincent Coulibaly of Conakry

Substitute: Bishop Raphael Balla Guilavogui of N’Zerekore


Member: Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi, O.M.I., of Maseru, president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitute: Bishop Augustinus Tumaole Bane, O.M.I., of Leribe


Member: Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of Gbarnga

Substitute: Bishop Andrew Jagaye Karnley of Cape Palmas


Member: Bishop Jonas Dembele of Kayes

Substitute: Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako


Member: Archbishop Francisco Chimoio, O.F.M. Cap., of Maputo

Substitute: Bishop Adriano Langa, O.F.M., of Inhambane


Member: Bishop Philipp Pollitzer, O.M.I., of Keetmanshoop

Substitute: Bishop Joseph Shipandeni Shikongo, O.M.I., apostolic vicar of Rundu


Members: Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso of Kaduna

Bishop Camillus Raymond Umoh of Ikot Ekpene

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo

Substitutes: Bishop Hilary Paul Odili Okeke of Nnewi

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, president of the Episcopal Conference


Member: Bishop Jacques Danka Longa of Kara

Substitute: Bishop Benoit Comlan Messan Alowonou of Kpalime


Members: Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, president of the Episcopal Conference

Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mityana, Vice president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitutes: Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha, auxiliary of Mbarara

Bishop Sanctus Lino WANOK of Nebbi



Member: Bishop Francis Alleyne, O.S.B., of Georgetown, Co-operative Republic of Guiana

Substitute: Bishop Emmanuel Lafont of Cayenne, French Guiana


Members: Bishop Braulio Saez Garcia, O.C.D., auxiliary of Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Bishop Krzysztof Janusz Bialasik Wawrowska, S.V.D., of Oruro

Substitute: Bishop Aurelio Pesoa Ribera, O.F.M., auxiliary La Paz


Member: Bishop Rodolfo Valenzuela Nunez of Vera Paz, Coban, president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitute: Bishop Gonzalo De Villa y Vasquez, S.J., of Solola-Chimaltenango


Member: Bishop Yves-Marie Pean, C.S.C., of Les Gonaives

Substitute: Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor of Cap-Haitien


Member: Bishop Cesar Bosco Vivas Robelo of Leon en Nicaragua

Substitute: Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara, S.D.B., of Esteli


Member: Bishop Aníbal Saldana Santamaria, O.A.R., prelate of Bocas del Toro

Substitute: Cardinal Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, O.A.R., bishop of David, president of the Episcopal Conference


Members: Archbishop Salvador Pineiro Garcia-Calderon of Ayacucho, president of the Episcopal Conference

Archbishop Hector Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, O.F.M., of Trujillo

Substitute: Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi, S.C.V., of Piura


Members: Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas

Archbishop Diego Rafael Padron Sanchez of Cumana, president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitutes: Bishop Fernando Jose Castro Aguayo, auxiliary of Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela

Bishop Rafael Ramon Conde Alfonzo of Maracay



Member: Bishop John Baptist Lee Keh-Mien of Hsinchu

Substitute: Bishop Thomas Chung An-Zu of Kiayi


Members: Archbishop Romulo G. Valles of Davao

Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu

Bishop Gilbert A. Garcera of Daet

Substitutes: Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, auxiliary of San Fernando

Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., of Cagayan de Oro


Members: Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, president of the Episcopal Conference, military ordinary for Indonesia

Bishop Fransiskus Kopong Kung of Larantuka

Substitute: Bishop Leo Laba Ladjar, O.F.M., of Jayapura


Member: Archbishop Tomash Bernard Peta, of Mary Most Holy in Astana, president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitute: Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., auxiliary of Mary Most Holy in Astana


Member: Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos

Substitute: Olivier Michel Marie Schmitthaeusler, M.E.P., apostolic vicar of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia, president of the Episcopal Conference


Member: Archbishop John Wong Soo Kau of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Substitute: Bishop Sebastian Francis of Penang, Malaysia


Member: Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, S.D.B., archbishop of Yangon

Substitute: Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang of Kalay


Member: His Beatitude Fouad TWAL, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins, president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitute: Archbishop Maroun Elias Lahham, auxiliary and patriarchal vicar for Jerusalem of the Latins for Jordan



Member: Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev

Substitute: Bishop Antoni Dziemianko of Pinsk


Member: Bishop Valter Zupan, emeritus of Krk, president of the Council of the Croation Episcopal Conference for the Family and Life

Substitute: Bishop Antun Skvorcevic of Pozega


Member: Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, F.S.C.B., of Mother of God in Moscow, president of the Episcopal Conference

Substitute: Bishop Joseph Werth, S.J., of Transfiguration in Novosibirsk


Members: Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munchen und Freising

Bishop Heiner Koch of Dresden-Meissen

Bishop Franz-Josef Hermann Bode of Osnabruck

Substitutes: Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann of Speyer

Bishop Wilfried Theising, auxiliary of Munster


Member: Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, president of the Episcopal Conference of Scotland

Substitute: Bishop John Keenan of Paisley


Members: Cardinal Manuel Jose Macario Do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon, president of the Episcopal Conference

Bishop Antonino Eugenio Fernandes Dias of Portalegre-Castelo Branco, president of the Episcopal Commission for the Laity and the Family

Substitute: Bishop Antonio Augusto Dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fatima, vice president of the Episcopal Conference


Member: Bishop Jan Vokal of Hradec Kralove

Substitute: Bishop Ladislav Hucko, apostolic exarch for Catholic of Byzantine rite in the Czech Republic


Member: Bishop Jean-Marie Lovey, C.R.B., of Sion, Sitten

Substitute: Bishop Valerio Lazzeri of Lugano

B) “Sui Iuris” Oriental Catholic Churches

Synod of the Syro-Malabar Churches

Members:Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt of Palai of the Syro-Malabars, India

Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Trichur of the Syro-Malabars, India

Substitutes: Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara of Faridabad of the Syro-Malabars, India

Bishop Thomas Elavanal, M.C.B.S., of Kalyan of the Syro-Malabars, India


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