|Military Ordinariate of South Africa|
Ordinariatus Militaris Africa Australis
|Established||17 May 1951 (69 years ago)|
|Archbishop||William Slattery, O.F.M|
|Emeritus Bishops||Paul Mandla Khumalo, C.M.M.|
The Military Ordinariate of the South African (National) Defence Force (or of South Africa) is a military ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church to provides pastoral care to Roman Catholics serving in the South African National Defence Force and their families.
It is exempt, i.e. immediately subject to the Holy See, not part of any ecclesiastical province. Since its inception, it has been held by the Metropolitan Archbishops of South Africa's national capital Pretoria and has no proper episcopal see of its own. The current incumbent is the William Slattery, since 23 December 2010.
History[edit | edit source]
It was promoted as Military Ordinariate of the South African Defence Force on 21 July 1986. Following the dismantling of the apartheid system it now provides chaplains to the South African National Defence Force.
Episcopal Ordinaries[edit | edit source]
(all Roman Rite)
Military Vicars[edit | edit source]
- John Colburn Garner (appointed 17 May 1951 – resigned 26 March 1976), while first Metropolitan Archbishop of Pretoria (South Africa) (1951.01.11 – 1975.04.28); previously Titular Bishop of Tracula (1948.04.09 – 1951.01.11) and last Apostolic Vicar of Pretoria (South Africa) (1948.04.09 – 1951.01.11)
- George Francis Daniel (appointed last Military Vicar 26 March 1976 – 21 July 1986 see below), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Pretoria (1975.04.28 – 2008.11.24)
Military Ordinaries[edit | edit source]
- George Francis Daniel (see above appointed first Military Ordinary 21 July 1986 – retired 24 November 2008)
- Paul Mandla Khumalo, Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill (C.M.M.) (appointed 24 November 2008 – resigned 15 December 2009), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Pretoria (2008.11.24 – 2009.12.15); previously Bishop of Witbank (South Africa) (2001.10.02 – 2008.11.24)
- William Slattery, Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.) (appointed 23 December 2010 - ...), while Metropolitan Archbishop of Pretoria (South Africa) (2010.12.23 – ...); previously Bishop of Kokstad (South Africa) (1993.11.17 – 2010.12.23)
[edit | edit source]
- Military Ordinariate of South Africa (Catholic-Hierarchy)
- South African Defence Force (GCatholic.org)
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