Bishop Vincent Mduduzi Zungu OFM
Bishop Zungu was born on 28 April 1966 in Mbongolwane, in the Diocese of Eshowe, to Gervas and Anna Zungu, born Makhoba. He has 3 brothers and 5 sisters. He was baptised a few days later and put under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, a French saint who dedicated his life to the formation of the religious and Clergy and looked after the poor and sick in Paris.
His education took place at Samungu Primary School and Ndluyesilo High School. Having shown some desire to discern a possible vocation to the religious life and priesthood, he was sent to the Catholic Boarding School at Mahlabathini, north of Ulundi. Here he attended several vocational workshops presented by the Benedictines and the Eshowe Diocese. After completing his Matric he joined the Franciscan Postulancy in 1987 at Holy Cross Mission. On 19 January 1989 he made his first religious vows at St Joseph’s Mission.
He pursued philosophical studies at the Franciscan Studium Philosophicum and completed his theological studies at St John Vianney Seminary in 1994 where he also obtained his BST from the Pontifical University Urbaniana. On 2 July 1994 he took his Perpetual vows in his home parish of St Joseph’s at Mbongolwane. On 15 August 1994 he was ordained deacon at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pretoria, by Archbishop William Slattery OFM.
On 8 July 1995 Deacon Vincent Zungu was ordained priest at Holy Cross Mission, Gingindlovu by Bishop Mansuet Dela Biyase of the Eshowe Diocese. He was appointed assistant priest at Hardenberg Mission and was also involved with vocational promotion and formation of Franciscan postulants. In the second half of 1999 he attended a formation course at the Antonianum in Rome and was appointed novice master of the Franciscans at the end of the same year.
Fr Zungu was sent to France for further studies between 2001 and 2003, where he lived with the local Franciscan community in Strasbourg. After his return he was appointed student master of St. Francis House and taught moral theology at St John Vianney Seminary from 2004—2006. In 2007 he was transferred to the newly established Postulancy House in Grahamstown. There he was postulant master until the end of 2008.
In December 2008 he was elected Minister Provincial of the Franciscans and 6 months later attended the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor in Assisi. There he was elected as General Definitor for the whole Order. He resided at the General Curia of the Order in Rome and served as link between the Franciscan leadership in Rome and the Franciscan Provinces in Africa spread out in 32 countries. He speaks English, French, Italian, Zulu, Sotho and Xhosa.
On February 2, 2014 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed Fr Vincent Mduduzi Zungu Bishop for the Diocese of Port Elizabeth. He was ordained on June 28, 2014.