Witbank, 25 November, 2020 / 9:17 pm (ACI Africa).
The Holy Father has, on Wednesday, November 25, announced the appointment of two Bishops for South Africa’s Dioceses of Rustenburg and Witbank, the latter being a Papal transfer.
The news of the appointment of Fr. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe as Bishop-elect for Rustenburg and the transfer of Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo from Eshowe Diocese to Witbank was published by the Holy See Press Office Wednesday, November 25.
Fr. Robert who has been serving as the Vicar General of South Africa’s Archdiocese of Pretoria and Parish Priest of St. Thomas More in Centurion is expected to become the second Local Ordinary of Rustenburg.
Ordained a Clergy of Pretoria in November 1997, the 48-year-old South African Cleric will be succeeding Bishop Kevin Dowling, the 76-year-old member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) whose retirement was officially accepted November 25.
The Bishop-elect holds a Licentiate in Liturgy from the Rome-based Pontifical University of Sant'Anselmo (the Anselmianum).