Boniface, young seminarian in Dijon, died accidentally

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Boniface Yenkoidiog, a young seminarian from the diocese of Dijon aged around thirty, died accidentally on Sunday September 10. Originally from Togo, he studied in France and prepared for priestly ministry with the diocese of Dijon.

The diocese of Dijon is in mourning after the accidental death on Sunday September 10 of Boniface Yenkoidiog, a young seminarian aged around thirty, following a hydrocution.

Originally from Togo, Boniface Yenkoidiog began his journey as a seminarian in his country, at the seminary of Lomé. He interrupted this training when he arrived in France, in order to carry out secular studies at the University of Burgundy, in Dijon. A year later, he chose to resume his training for the priestly ministry within the framework of the diocese of Dijon where he was welcomed as a seminarian at the parish of Sainte Jeanne d’Arc at the beginning of September. The young man went to World Youth Day ( WYD ) in Lisbon from July 31 to August 6, 2023 and shared numerous videos of his pilgrimage.

A prayer for Boniface

“We pray for him, for his family and his friends, and for the parish of St. Joan of Arc as well. May the Lord welcome him in his Light and give to all those affected by this unexpected and violent ordeal, Strength and Peace,” assured Mgr Hérouard, Archbishop of Dijon. The date and location of the funeral will be communicated later.

In order to join in the prayer of your diocese and your loved ones, here is a prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

God of spirits and of all flesh, who has trodden down death, who has brought the devil to nothing, and who has given your life to the world.You yourself, Lord, give the soul of your deceased servant, Boniface Yenkoidiog, rest in a bright, green and cool place, far from suffering, pain and groans.May the good and merciful God forgive him all his sins committed in word, deed and thought.Because there is no man who lives and does not sin;you alone are without sin, your righteousness is righteousness for ever, and your word is truth.O Christ our God, since you are the Resurrection, the life and rest of your deceased servant, Boniface Yenkoidiog, we give thanks to you with your uncreated Father and with your most holy, good and life-giving Spirit, today and for ever centuries .Amen.May they rest in peace.

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