VICARIATE APOSTOLIC OF FRANCISTOWN
(Province of Bloemfontein)
Our Lady of the Desert and St Francis of Assisi
Bishop Frank Atese Nubuasah, SVD
Appointed first Bishop of Francistown 27 June 1998 ordained Bishop 7th November 1998.
– Catholic Secretariat
PO Box 702, Francistown, Botswana
Plot 14061 Tsie Street, Area W
Tel: (00267) 241 3601 (Office), Fax: (00267) 241 7183
– Bishop’s House
364/5 Moffat Street, Francistown, Botswana
Tel: (00267) 241 0588
He was later recalled to Ghana to assist in the formation of novices. He did two years of post graduate course at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh earning the Masters of Arts degree. Returning home, he was Master of novices until he was appointed Bishop of the newly created Apostolic Vicariate of Francistown. He is the Titular Bishop of Pauzerea.
In the top panel: The dove looking down on the open Bible. This symbolizes the gift of the Holy Spirit to all humanity. The Spirit is the one who gives life and meaning to the Word of God. Our lives as Christians are moulded and guided by the Word which was inspired by the Spirit.
The blue background in the panel symbolizes rain/water (pula). In Botswana due to the climatic conditions the value of rain is highly appreciated by all. Rain gives life and is a gift from God. I will seek the inspiration of the Spirit and the guidance of God’s Word in my life and ministry. I desire all people to know God’s Word and live by it.
In the lower left panel: Two hands and a broken chain. This is a symbol of emancipation. We who were slaves to sin and addictions of all sorts have been offered freedom in Jesus Christ. In Jesus we have salvation and freedom of the children of God.
In the lower right panel: A herd boy (cow boy) and two cows. This symbolizes the rich culture, wealth and tradition of the people of Botswana. We help build the kingdom of God in concrete life situations among specific groups of people whose culture and tradition form the field(ground) in which the seed of Christian faith is planted and nurtured.
Area: 472 995 Sq. Km Total Pop: 801 729 Catholic Pop: 20 000