Numbi: Father Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu

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Name is Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu.  The Canadian Catholic Directory lists him under the surname Numbi:  Numbi Phaku Mavambu Joseph

Father Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu

Priest from Diocese of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Born 15 December 1954.  Ordained 22 September 1985.   Moved to Canada July 2000.  Served in the Diocese of Edmundston, New Brunswick. 2010 charged with offences related to sex abuse of young girl.  Offences occurred between 2008 and 2010.  May 2011 GUILTY plea.  23 June 2011 sentenced to two years in prison.

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Bishops of Edmunstion Diocese from time of Father Numbi`s arrival:

François Thibodeau, C.I.M. (22 October 1993 – 05 January 2009 Resigned): Claude Champagne, O.M.I. (05 January 2009 – )

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The following information is drawn from Ontario Catholic Directories (CCCD) of that date and media (M).

2011: Address and phone number for Notre Dames des Sept Douleurs, Edmundston New Brunswick (indicates incardination outside of Canada but serving in Canada) (CCCD)

Member of Diocesan Presbyterial Council (CCCD)

2010:  Pastor at Sacre-Couer, Reviere Verte, and Sainte Anne, Sainte Anne de Madawaska, New Brunswick (indicates incardination outside of Canada but serving in Canada)

Member of Diocesan Presbyterial Council (CCCD)

30 August 2009: DIOCESE OF BOMA DRC: Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu

2002: Pastor, Sainte Anne, Sainte Anne, New Brunswick (CCCD)

July 2000:  arrived in Canada (M)

pre 2000:  priest in Diocese of Boma, Democratice Republic of the Congo (M)

22 September 1985:  ORDAINED (for Diocese of Burma? I’m not sure.)

15 December 1954:  born

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Sentenced to two years in prison:  http://www.capacadie.com/actualites-regionales/2011/6/23/deux-ans-de-prison-pour-un-pretre-du-nord-ouest

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Edmundston diocese suspends priest

Telegraph-Journal

Published Saturday May 29th, 2010

Benjamin Shingler

A Roman Catholic priest in northwestern New Brunswick has been suspended indefinitely by the Diocese of Edmundston.

The parish priest of Rivière-Verte and Ste-Anne-de-Madawaska, Father Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu, has been suspended for a period by the Edmundston diocese.

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Priest admits to touching minor

County priest has entered a guilty plea to a charge of touching a minor for a sexual purpose.

Telegraph-Journal

Published Wednesday May 18th, 2011

Shawn Berry

Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu was to undergo a preliminary hearing next week in Edmundston Provincial Court but instead opted to admit to the charge early. He will be sentenced June 23.

Mavambu served as the priest for Roman Catholic parishes in Rivière-Verte and Sainte-Anne de Madawaska since 2001. He was suspended from his functions last year when the allegations surfaced.

Const. Julie Ryan, an investigator with the RCMP in northwestern New Brunswick, confirmed Tuesday that Mavambu entered the plea.

“He pled guilty and admitted to the accusation,” Ryan said.

The Crown dropped two other charges, one of sexual invitation of a minor and another of sexual assault.

The three allegations originally made against the priest were said to have occurred between 2008 and 2010.

Msgr. Claude Champagne, the bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Edmundston who suspended Mavambu, said Tuesday that he only learned of the guilty plea through the media.

The bishop intends to consider church sanctions only after the justice process has concluded.

“We are awaiting the judge’s decision,” the bishop said Tuesday in an emailed statement. “Later, we will see to the ecclesiastical side of it.”

Revisions made last year to church law extended the use of fast-track procedures to defrock members of the clergy who have committed sexual assault.

Champagne quickly moved to relieve the parish priest of his duties upon learning of the investigation in May 2010.

In a letter sent to parishioners shortly thereafter, Champagne advised followers he had acted upon “serious allegations” made against Mavambu.

“According to our protocols, once the bishop is informed, he must remove the person from their duties,” the bishop said Tuesday.

The removal from office wasn’t meant to pre-judge the accused priest, he said.

Mavambu moved to northwestern New Brunswick in July 2000 from the diocese of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The court seized his passport last year.

On Monday, the Vatican told bishops worldwide that they must make it a priority to root out the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy.

Rome has told the bishops that they must assist civil authorities to end the abuse that has tarnished the church’s reputation.

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Priest Pleads Guilty to Touching a Minor

The Daily Gleaner
18 May  2011
By Shawn Berry berry.shawn@dailygleaner.com

A Madawaska County priest has entered a guilty plea to a charge of touching a minor for a sexual purpose.

Rev. Joseph Numbi Phaku Mavambu was to undergo a preliminary hearing next week in Edmundston provincial court but instead opted to admit to the charge. He will be sentenced June 23.

Mavambu last served as the priest for Roman Catholic parishes in Riviere-Verte and Sainte-Anne de Madawaska. He was suspended from his functions last year when allegations surfaced.

Const. Julie Ryan, an investigator with the RCMP in northwestern New Brunswick, confirmed Tuesday that Mavambu had entered the plea.

“He pled guilty and admitted to the accusation,” Ryan said Tuesday.

The Crown dropped two other charges against Mavambu, one of sexual invitation of a minor and another of sexual assault.

The three allegations originally made against the priest were alleged to have occurred between 2008 and 2010.

Msgr. Claude Champagne, the bishop for the Roman Catholic diocese of Edmundston who suspended Mavambu, said Tuesday he learned of the guilty plea through the media.

The bishop intends to consider church sanctions only after the justice process has concluded.

“We are awaiting the judge’s decision. Later, we will see to the ecclesiastical side of it,” the bishop said in an emailed statement.

Revisions made last year to church law extended the use of fast-track procedures to defrock members of the clergy who have committed sexual assault.

Champagne quickly moved to relieve the parish priest of his duties upon learning of the investigation in May 2010.

In a letter sent to parishioners shortly thereafter, Champagne advised followers of the suspension, stating he had acted upon “serious allegations” made against Mavambu.

“According to our protocols, once the bishop is informed, he must remove the person from their duties,” the bishop said.

The removal from office wasn’t meant to pre-judge the accused priest, he said.

Mavambu moved to northwestern New Brunswick in July 2000 from the diocese of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The court seized his passport last year.

He has been the parish priest for Riviere-Verte and Sainte-Anne de Madawaska since 2001.

On Monday, the Vatican told bishops worldwide that they must make it a priority to root out the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy.

Rome has told the bishops that they must assist civil authorities to end the abuse that has tarnished the church’s reputation.

In a letter, every diocese was instructed to draw up its own guidelines, based on a global approach but in line with local civil law. The procedures must be forwarded to the Vatican within a year for approval.

“Among the important responsibilities of the diocesan bishop in his task of assuring the common good of the faithful and, especially, the protection of children and of the young, is the duty he has to give an appropriate response to the cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics in his diocese,” the letter said

 

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