Visiting Priest Named Bishop of
Kaya, Burkina Faso, West Africa

December 7, 2018


Pope Francis has named and appointed Reverend Théophile Naré, a priest currently serving as parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton, as the Bishop of Kaya in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Bishop Michael Burbidge issued the following statement: 

“Together with the priests, deacons, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I offer Bishop-elect Théophile Naré my sincere prayers and congratulations on his appointment. We know that his upcoming episcopal ministry will be a tremendous blessing to the people of the Diocese of Kaya. We also thank him for his generous service to the people of God in our Diocese. I pray that Our Lord will grant him abundant blessings in his new calling and sacred duty.”

Father Naré is a priest of the Diocese of Koupéla and former Rector of St. Pierre Claver Interdiocesan Major Seminary. For the past two months he has served at St. John the Evangelist.