Pretoria, 11 March, 2021 / 6:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The new Associate Secretary General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has expressed her elation at the appointment, noting that the three-nation entity of Bishops has always been keen on including women at the helm of Church leadership.
Sr. Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali who is expected to take office on April 1 told ACI Africa that she is looking forward to being the “eyes and ears” of the Bishops at the South Africa-based Conference.
Expressing her excitement on the news of the appointment, Sr. Catherine said, “I was humbled and at the same time very happy.”
“I am happy that the Bishops in Southern Africa hold the women in very high regard at the Conference,” Sr. Catherine told ACI Africa Thursday, March 11.
She explained, “We had Sr. Hermenegild Makoro who served the Conference as Secretary General for nine years after she had served for a while as Associate Secretary General. The Bishops know that women have a lot to offer in Church leadership.”