Protase Rugambwa (born 31 May 1960) is a Tanzanian prelate of the Catholic Church who has been the secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples since his appointment 9 November 2017. He previously served as that congregation's adjunct secretary and president of Pontifical Mission Societies since his appointment on 26 June 2012.
|Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||9 November 2017|
|Predecessor||Savio Tai Fai Hon|
|Ordination||2 September 1990|
by Pope John Paul II
|Consecration||13 April 2008|
by Polycarp Pengo
|Birth name||Protase Rugumbwa|
|Born||31 May 1960|
|Alma mater||Pontifical Lateran University|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Rugambwa was born in 1960 at Bunena, in the diocese of Bukoba. After his primary and secondary schools in various seminaries and Minor Katoke Itaga, he studied philosophy at Kibosho Senior Seminary and theology at St. Charles Lwanga Segerea Senior Seminary.
After ordination he held the following offices: 1990-1991: Parish Vicar in the parish of Mabira, 1991-1994: Teacher in the Minor Seminary of Katoke, in charge of the Liturgy and Diocesan Chaplain of the hospital Biharamulo, 1994-1998: Studies for a doctorate in pastoral theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, 1998-1999: Trainer of the Year seminarians spiritual, Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Rulenge, Executive Secretary of the Department of Pastoral Care, 2000-2002: Vicar General of the diocese Moderator of Rulenge and Personnel; 2002-2008: Official of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
On 26 June 2012 Rugambwa was appointed adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and concurrently president of Pontifical Mission Societies, replacing Archbishop Piergiuseppe Vacchelli, who had reached the retirement age. He was at the same time appointed archbishop ad personam.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 18.01.2008" (Press release) (in Italian). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 26.06.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). 26 June 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2017. Includes a biographical sketch.
- "Rinunce e Nomine, 09.11.2017" (Press release) (in Italian). 9 November 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
|Catholic Church titles|
Paul R. Ruzoka
| Bishop of Kigoma
18 January 2008 – 26 June 2012
| Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
26 June 2012 - 9 November 2017
Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso