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Roland Rugero

Roman Catholic religious leader and Burundian writer, was born on 8 December 1943 in Kibumbu (province of Mwaro, commune of Layokwe) into a modest Hutu family. After primary studies in his region of origin, he undertook a religious education that led him, in Burundi, from the Petit Séminaire in Mugera to the Grand Séminaire in Burasira (1948–1958), then in Heverlee, Belgium, to the scolasticat des Pères Blancs (Société des Missionnaires d’Afrique), where he remained for a number of years. Returning to his country in 1962, he was ordained as a priest on 8 July 1963 and for a year assumed the position of parish vicar and almoner for the École Moyenne Pédagogique in Rusengo (province of Ruyigi) before returning to Europe in 1964 where for a few months he followed a complementary course of study at the École Missionaire pour l Action Catholique et l Action Sociale ECAMAS ...