East Africa

Fr Christian Carlassare, elected bishop of Rumbek, South Sudan

Fr Christian Carlassare, elected bishop of Rumbek, South Sudan.


Fr Christian Carlassare, is a Comboni missionary priest, born in Italy and working in South Sudan for a good number of years.


In March 8th, 2021 the Holy See appointed him as Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan.  But, during the night of April 25th-26th he was attacked by gunmen who wounded his two legs with four bullets.


His episcopal ordination has been postponed until he will recover.  Meanwhile he is receiving medical attention in the city of Nairobi (Kenya).

Rumbek Diocese joined IMS since the year 2013, being the only Diocese from South Sudan to be part of the Missionary Benefit Society.  In January 2021 the name of Fr Christian was registered as part of the list of members from the Diocese in IMS.


On May 6th, he was visited by the IMS – East Africa manager, Br Teo Grageda, FMS.  In this occasion Fr Christian thanked the organization for the services that we are rendering throughout the continent.