A native of Pamplona, Spain, Fr. Olaverri was sent by the Salesians to Africa in 1976 after his ordination. He went on to teach Spanish in Brazzaville for 16 years before serving two terms as the Superior of the Salesian Province of Central Africa.
The Diocese of Pointe-Noire has an estimated 1 million Catholics in a population of just over 2 million. They are served by 43 priests and some 61 religious.