Bloemfontein, 05 April, 2020 / 6:09 pm (ACI Africa).
On April 1, Pope Francis transferred the Bishop Zolile Peter Mpambani from South Africa’s Kokstad diocese to the Metropolitan See of Bloemfontein, elevating him as Archbishop.
The 63-year-old Archbishop-elect is responsible for formation, life and the lay apostolate at the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).
He will succeed Archbishop Jabulani Adatus Nxumalo who has resigned after attaining the canonical age limit of 75.
Archbishop Nxumalo, a member of the religious congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) has been the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Bloemfontein for the last 15 years.
Born on February 20, 1957 in Aliwal diocese, central South Africa, the Archbishop elect gave his religious vows in the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCI/Dehonians) in January 1982 and was ordained a priest of the same congregation five years later.