Bishop Joseph van Biesen
Bishop of Abercorn 1948 – 1958
A native of Holland, Joseph Van den Biesen was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Lwangwa on February 12, 1948. Three years later, when the name of the Vicariate was changed to Abercorn, he was transferred the head-quarters and administration of the Diocese from Ilondola to Abercorn (now Mbala). He resigned from the Diocese in 1958.