The Catholic community of the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe has a new bishop.
Bishop-elect Philippe Guiougou was ordained the bishop of the Diocese of Basse-Terre et Point-à-Pitre on Sunday, July 9. He succeeds Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux who served from 2012 to 2021.
Hundreds filled the Gourde-Liane Velodrome in his hometown of Baie-Mahault for the episcopal ordination. Archbishop David Macaire of the Archdiocese of Saint-Pierre and Fort-de-France, Martinique presided.
Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Santiago De Wit Guzmán was also present.
Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon, President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, welcomed and brought greetings on behalf of his brother bishops, many of whom attended. Bishop Guiougou was ordained a priest in 2004. In photo, Archbishop David Macaire (second from right) with Bishop Guiougou and altar servers during the Mass.