Nomination of the new Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Oudtshoorn

Bishop-elect Francisco Fortunato De GouveiaOudtshoorn, 28 May 2010: It was announced in Rome at midday today that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has accepted the resignation from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Oudtshoorn, South Africa, submitted by The Right Reverend Bishop Edward Robert Adams, in conformity with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law. (Bishop Adams has reached the canonical retirement age of 75).

Pope Benedict has nominated Rev. Fr Francisco (Frank) Fortunato de Gouveia, of the Clergy of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist in Fish Hoek, as Bishop of Oudtshoorn.

Bishop-elect Frank de Gouveia was born on 11 June 1951, in Cape Town.

In 1969 he entered the National Major Seminary – St. John Vianney in Pretoria.

He was ordained Priest on 11 January 1976 at St. Agnes parish, Woodstock in the Archdiocese of Cape Town.

His pastoral appointments:

· 1976-1981 - Assistant Parish Priest – St. Paul’s, Somerset West & St. Nicholas, Stellenbosch.

· 1981-1986 - Parish Priest of St. Paul, Somerset West.

· 1986-1990 - Parish Priest of St. Matthew’s, Bonteheuwel.

· 1987 - Vicar for Justice and Peace.

· 1990-1992 - Studies in the United States.

· 1992-1997 - The Bishop-elect served on the staff and was Rector of St. Francis Xavier National Orientation Seminary in Cape Town.

· 1997-2004 - Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Durbanville.

· 2004-2007 - Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Camps Bay.

· 2007-2009 - Administrator of the Archdiocesan Cathedral in Cape Town.

· 2009-2010 - Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist.

He has also served as a member of the Personnel Board of the Archdiocese of Cape Town. The Bishop-elect holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNISA and a Bachelor Degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Urban College in Rome, he has studied Broadcasting in Dublin and Spirituality at Loyola University in Chicago, USA.

Information regarding his Episcopal Ordination will be made available at a later stage.