Fr. Jean-Baptiste Pagabeleguem
VIII Definitor • Delegation of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo) Iberia Province
Fr. Jean Baptiste was born 31 December 1980. After obtaining a Baccalaureate A4 (Philosophy and Letters), in October 2002, he had ‘a live-in’ experience of their community life with the Carmelites in the monastery of Dedougou (Burkina Faso) and became a Postulant from 2002 to 2005. He studied Philosophy at the Major Seminary of Sts. Peter and Paul in Ougadougou (Burkina Faso) and entered the Noviciate of Dedougou in 2005. He made his First Profession 8 September 2006 and studied Theology at the Abidjan Centre of Missionary Formation (now the Catholic Missionary Institute of Abidjan), affiliated to the Catholic University of Abidjan. After receiving his Baccalaureate here, he was Solemnly Professed 12 December 2009. He was ordained Deacon 14 December 2009 and a Priest 10 July 2010, at Dedougou, Burkina Faso.
He spent two years in Parochial ministry with responsibility for young people while also acting as the local Bursar. Then in 2014, he was conferred with a Licence in Canon Law in Salamanca, Spain. From September 2014 to 2021, he served as Master of the Theology Students in Abidjan. 8 September 2020 he was nominated as Provincial Delegate of the Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo Delegation, of the Spanish Province. He was elected Definitor at the General Chapter in Rome in September 2021.