Consultors Elect Diocesan Administrator for South African Diocese after Bishop Resigns

Credit: Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad

Members of the College of Consultors of the Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad in South Africa have elected a Diocesan Administrator to govern the Episcopal See following the resignation of  Bishop Peter John Holiday at the age of 70.

Bishop Holiday who will be turning 71 on January 11 resigned as the Local Ordinary of the South African Episcopal See on December 12.

The election of Fr. Molahlehi Michael Rasello has been reported in a Tuesday, December 20 publication, which also adds that the elected Priest “takes up this responsibility starting from Tuesday 20 December 2022.”

In the report, Fr. Rasello, who has been serving as the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese, acknowledges that his new office of Diocesan Administrator will “not be an easy task.”

The Priest, however, expresses optimism and that he will strive to perform his duties of temporarily overseeing the administration of the Diocese, saying, “With the help of all and attuned to God’s will, we can manage through God’s Grace.” 


The Diocesan Administrator also assures the people of God in the South African Diocese “that he will do his best during this time as administrator of the Diocese to do what God calls him to do.”

Fr. Rasello is expected to temporarily oversee the Diocese, which measures 30,288 km² with an estimated population of 106,460 Catholics, representing 9.6 percent of the population, according to 2019 statistics.

Bishop Holiday had been at the helm of the Diocese of Kroonstad since June 2011.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Holiday’s resignation “following his sudden illness”, the Diocesan Chancellor said in a December 12 statement

According to Canon Law, members of the College of Consultors are expected to elect a Priest to serve as Diocesan Administrator to oversee the running of the Diocese until the Holy See appoints a new Bishop and takes possession of that Episcopal See. 

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The Priest to be elected should be at least 35 years of age. Additionally, he should have served as a Catholic Priest for at least five years.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.