Cameroon – Maroua: Another catholic priest is dead.

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Written by Deckson N.

The Catholic Church in Cameroon is grieving again.

A new death was added on Thursday, June 08, 2017, to the long list of current losses in the Roman Catholic Church of Cameroon. The former Chancellor of the unique archdiocese of Douala, between 1981 and 1983, died in Maroua.

Abbe Simon-Pierre Tonyè, occupied, during the same period, the prestigious post of priest of the  Sainte Anne parish of Nkongmondo. He suffered from liver cirrhosis.

According to our sources, he was transported to the regional capital of the Far North a few weeks ago to be followed by a specialist doctor. The illness eventually took over him. On his death, Simon Pierre Tonyè, was 65-year old.

Who was the exorcist priest Simon-Pierre Tonye?

Originating from the present diocese of Eseka, he was ordained a priest on 29 March 1979, together with five other deacons, including a certain Jean-Bosco Ntep, the current bishop of Edéa, who in 1993 became the first bishop of his Diocese of origin.

He no longer belonged to the clergy of the Catholic Church since the mid-1990s. Recently, relatives tried to convince him to return to his vocation. A project that will definitely be thwarted by this death.

In 1992, Abbé Simon-Pierre Tonyè published in Wurzburg: Sn, a reference book on the history of the Catholic Church in Cameroon under the title “De Mariemberg à Minlaba. Récits missionnaires palatins du Cameroun I (From Mariemberg to Minlaba. Palatine Missionary Stories of Cameroon. )’

He is considered a great spiritual, very focused on exorcism. He was, together with Father Meinrad Hebga and Father Gaspard Mani, one of the great pioneers of exorcism and charismatic revival in Cameroon.

A man with a great heart, the testimonies we have gathered make him a relative, a pastor and a passionate, caring and loving Christian.

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