As a Priest, the Bishop-elect has served in various capacities including Parish Vicar, Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Diocesan Director of Vocations, Coordinator of the Education for Life program, Vice President of the Diocesan Committee for Finance, and Chaplain of St. Brendan’s School, among other responsibilities.
The alumnus of the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome where he obtained a Licentiate and Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology has also worked as a Professor and Trainer.
Once ordained Bishop, Mons. Selemela will assist 62-year-old Archbishop Dabula Anthony Mpako shepherding the people of God in the 16,579 square kilometer Metropolitan Archdiocese with an estimated population of 249,510 Catholics, according to 2019 statistics.
Established in April 1948 as the Apostolic Vicariate of Pretoria, the South African Episcopal See was elevated to a Metropolitan in January 1951. Its Ecclesiastical province comprises five Suffragan sees: Francistown, Gaborone, Polokwane, Rustenburg and Tzaneen.
Sheila Pires is a veteran radio and television Mozambican journalist based in South Africa. She studied communications at the University of South Africa. She is passionate about writing on the works of the Church through Catholic journalism.
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