The Catholic community of the French Caribbean of Guadeloupe will have a new bishop. Pope Francis appointed Fr Philippe Guiougou as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Basse-Terre et Point-à-Pitre on April 3. He succeeds Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux, who served from 2012 to 2021.
Bishop-elect Guiougou was born in Baie Mahault aux Abymes, Guadeloupe June 8, 1973; he moved to France in 1995. After obtaining a diploma in computer science, he was formed at the Saint-Sulpice Seminary of the ecclesiastical province of Paris in Issy-les-Moulineaux (1998–2004), obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology.
He was ordained a deacon September 21, 2003, and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint Denis-en-France, June 27, 2004.
Since his priestly ordination, Bishop-elect Guiougou has held the office of Vicar in the parishes of Christ Resussité, St Louis and St Pierre in Bondy, France (2004–2012), Diocesan Youth ministry (2007–2010), Episcopal Vicar for Youth Ministry and Member of the Episcopal Council (2010–2019) and Parish priest of the parishes of Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, Saint-André and Tous les Saints in Bobigny, France (2012–2018).
Bishop-elect Guiougou spent a year of theological formation at the Croire et comprendre (Believe and Understand), a research institute of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Paris from 2018–2019.
He has served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Saint-Denis-en-France since 2019 and moderator of the pastoral unit of St Denis, Ile Saint-Dents since 2020.
The episcopal ordination is expected to take place in July.