PORTLAND — A newly-assigned priest will be joining St. Brendan the Navigator Parish in the coming weeks. Bishop Robert Deeley, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, has announced the assignment for Fr. Divine Fossoh, who has arrived in Maine from the Diocese of Kumbo in Cameroon. The assignment is effective immediately, but Fr. Fossoh will be completing an orientation program prior to starting his service.

Fr. Fossoh has been assigned as parochial vicar at St. Brendan the Navigator Parish (Our Lady of Good Hope Church, Camden; St. Bernard Church, Rockland; St. Francis of Assisi Church, Belfast and St. Mary of the Isles Churches on Islesboro, Vinalhaven, and North Haven). Fr. Fossoh was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 2014. Since his ordination, he has served in the Diocese of Kumbo as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Ndzevru; a parochial vicar at St. Matthias Mulumba Parish in Donga-Mantung; a parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception in Tobin; a chaplain for the Catholic Women’s Association in Tobin and a school chaplain at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception College in Bambui. In addition, Fr. Fossoh participated in the implementation of programs assisting victims affected by the Cameroonian Civil War. Most recently, he served as supervisor of rural youth empowerment training programs.

“I have been able to assist about 550 young people in the rural areas over four years,” he said. “Many have become not only employed, but actual job creators as rural entrepreneurs. Others have pursued their education at higher institutes of learning.”

Fr. Fossoh earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology (divinity) from St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Bambui, Cameroon.

Fr. Hyacinth Fornkwa, who has been serving as parochial vicar of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish in Camden, is now the administrator of Holy Family Parish in Greenville and St. Anthony of Padua Parish (St. Faustina Church, Jackman).